Drunken Barn Dance, Jake McMullen & Ellex Bree
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
This event is 21 and over
Welcome to Frontier Ruckus, world.
The band has played a thousand-some-odd shows in the past half-decade—across the States and Europe, as well as behind venues, after-hours, aside dumpsters till all requests have been met—but it is possible that this will be your first introduction.
Poised to release their third full-length record on January 29th, 2013 (US, Jan 28th '13 EU), Frontier Ruckus' Eternity of Dimming—is a 20-song double-album, roughly an hour-and-a-half in duration and over 5,500 words in lyrical length. A helluva time to enter their world, but you’re invited even if you've not previously wrapped yourself in the continents of The Orion Songbook (2008) or Deadmalls and Nightfalls (2010). Welcome to the expansive language of songwriter Matthew Milia. Welcome to a raw and unharnessed musicality. Welcome to the snowy television sets and plastic teenage trophies of suburban Detroit.
Eternity of Dimming is not of the world that now contains paper-thin computers and full-length records clocking in at 25 minutes. This is the gorgeous and inevitable disintegration of all that we once knew ourselves by, blurring into the graininess of gradual dusk. This is the Eternity of Dimming.
Drunken Barn Dance
The band features an all-star cast of Michigan musicians, many of whom played with Sellwood in Fred Thomas’ blissful pop collective, Saturday Looks Good to Me. The band is: Scott DeRoche – guitar, Ryan Howard – drums, Greg McIntosh – guitar, and Jim Roll – bass. Other frequent contributors include Carol Catherine Grey, Matt Jones and Fred Thomas.
Sellwood currently lives in San Francisco, while the rest of the band remains in Michigan. DBD has been lucky to play with many amazing bands, including Okkervil River, Magnolia Electric Company, Shearwater, the War on Drugs, the Watson Twins, David Dondero, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Frontier Ruckus, Chris Bathgate, Matt Jones & the Reconstruction, Great Lakes Myth Society, among others…
Jake McMullen & Ellex Bree
Jake McMullen is twenty-year-old singer-songwriter from Orange County, CA. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jake has been writing songs from a young age. His first EP entitled, “Wonder” (Produced by Barrett Slagle) was released in 2010 and set Jake up to be nominated for an Orange County Music Award as, “Best New Artist.” After dedicating much of his time and effort to his side-project, York, Jake recently released a split EP with the Boston native and good friend, Ellex Bree entitled “Ellex Bree + Jake” (Produced by Chase Weber). The EP consists of 3 songs from each artist and contains a raw, pure, organic texture with honest and vulnerable lyrics. Although young in age, Jake traverses all styles of music from the stripped down storytelling of just Jake and his guitar, to cinematic indie rock, Jake’s music and voice are certainly far beyond his time. Either playing by himself, with Ellex Bree, or with a live band, Jake has always made music that is described as, “captivating, pure, and honest.” He has been compared to that of Ryan Adams, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver, The Head and The Heart, Night Beds, and Noah Gundersen.
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