Michigan folk-rock band Frontier Ruckus have released a new single, “Positively Freaking,” which Paste can exclusively share today. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the tune is a short and sweet bit of songcraft with an upbeat bounce that belies the depth of its message. Frontier Ruckus frontman Matthew Milia said of the song:
I remember learning the word “anxiety” as an 8-year-old—riding with my mom across the Michigan state line once a week for her to attend a group therapy seminar in Toledo. She brought home a collection of self-help cassettes that foreshadowed a world of adult gravity that, at the time, I couldn’t for the life of me comprehend. “Positively Freaking,” like much of Enter the Kingdom, catalogs that universal, inevitable divorce from childhood wonder. Grandparents and pets, the mascots of youth, dying off one by one. Finding weird escape in self-destruction. The manic back and forth between existential boredom and emergency. Yet, while we’re alive, springtime keeps rolling around. Little miracles keep creeping up on the horizon to give it all some beautiful, amorphous purpose.
The track’s release is ahead of Frontier Ruckus’ forthcoming album Enter the Kingdom, which is due out on Feb. 17 and available for preorder here. The band is also about to embark on a tour—listen to “Positively Freaking,” see its single art, watch the band perform in the Paste office circa 2010 and check out their list of tour dates below.
“Positively Freaking” Single Art:
Frontier Ruckus Tour Dates:
17 — Kalamazoo, Mich. @ Old Dog Tavern
18 — Ferndale, Mich. @ The Loving Touch
21 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Tavern
22 — Newark, Ohio @ Thirty One West
23 — Newport, Ky. @ Southgate House Revival
25 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Vinyl
26 — Charlotte, N.C. @ The Evening Muse
27 — Washington, D.C. @ DC9
28 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
01 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Club Café
03 — New York, N.Y. @ Mercury Lounge