01.07.2011 Padova @ La Mela di Newton
Formerly known as Jacob Perkins & The Nobody, Dear Frontier is Hana Miller and Jacob Perkins, a Bonnie and Clyde musical act with attitude and a commitment to the future.
If the folk rock soul duo Dear Frontier (NZ/US) was a place, it would be wild and whimsical, rugged and tender, a surreal landscape filled with lights and colors, populated by shaman, misfits and everyday heroes. Somewhere at the crossroads between Violent Femmes and Belle & Sebastian, there is a guy singing songs you can see and a girl smashing out drum beats you can feel, playing up a storm in a hard rain.
From Eddy Moretti, founder of Vice Magazine, New York – “It was 2007, I was racing through the hills above Beirut at night and the kid who was driving was going way too fast. There was a Johnny Cash song playing and then the next song came on and I was like, “What the hell is this music this is the best song I’ve heard in my life!” I asked him who this was. It was this guy Jacob Perkins. I listened to the album when I got back, loved the whole thing, passed it around the Vice office. I discovered the video and thought I’d better get in touch. It was a very surreal experience. Three thumbs up.”
“Restrained and exuberant, decorative and minimal, wildly stimulating and completely accessible. Listening to Dear Frontier is like attending a gypsy dinner party with Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones” - Suni Gibson, Wellington, NZ
From Chelsea Jade Metcalf, The Teacups and Watercolours, Auckland, NZ – “With innate chemistry that ricochets between vocal hum, guitar strum and drum slap wafting over their mesmerized audience, Jacob Perkins and Hana Miller are every bit the charm and command of a musical outfit you’ll want to wear with your best shufflin’ shoes”
Brannavan Gnanalingam, The Lumiere Reader, Wellington, NZ – “Perkins’s music is fiercely DIY and the album features some beautiful melodies and an intimate spareness that’s arresting…Perkins is certainly an artist to keep an eye out for, and whether it’s in film or music or both, there’s some considerable talent evident.”