Frente are thrilled to announce they will be playing their first live shows on Australian soil in almost 8 years.
With Angie Hart and Simon Austin living in Los Angeles and New York respectively for the last few years, the opportunity hasn\'t presented itself readily.
Frente won a place in the nation\'s hearts with a string of hit singles in the early 90s - Ordinary Angels, Accidentally Kelly Street, Labour of Love and their beautiful acoustic take on New Order\'s Bizarre Love Triangle - all receiving heavy radio rotation. They also enjoyed considerable success with their debut, Marvin the album, selling a million copies around the world, and their follow-up, Shape, a sophisticated mesh of acoustics, technology
and wonderful song writing.
Along the way the band toured extensively around Australia and the world, hand picked to play with the likes of Alanis Morissette, the Beautiful South and Everything But The Girl.
Earlier this year Simon and Angie tentatively dipped their toes back in the musical pond together with some rapturously received shows in Los Angeles and New York. For these dates the wonderful Bill McDonald and Pete Luscombe will join them to complete the band.
The band will be playing some of their favourite venues in Australia, as well as saying hello to a couple of new ones. There\'ll be a special tour EP ¬ featuring new tracks and a very special cover version - Be sure not to miss out.
2) Hounds Of Love
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You think you have some swing in a town. You turn up to the Frente! gig expecting your name to be on the door, but it’s not. “No problem,” you think. After all, you write snide single reviews for Time Off; you’re a big man on campus, you can blag your way in. Actually, it turns out you can’t. The next thing you know you’re at the bus stop waiting for the 375 to take you home at 9.30pm. It’s a shame, because if ‘Try To Think Less’ and its beautiful Kate Bush ‘Hounds Of Love’ B-side are any indication, Frente! are still as impossibly brilliant as they were a decade ago.
Time Off Magazine ROBERT LUKINS Brisbane
It's very sweet of Angie Hart to lead into the first track on this EP, Same, with the lines "It's me! I have returned" - and those of us who have always found the other Frente songs (that is, not Accidently Kelly St) more interesting will be pleased by this peculiarly Rubber Soul-ish song. Angie Hart has one of the most appealing pop voices ever to grace the airwaves (the less-mannered cousin of The Sunday's Harriet Wheeler) and it's a delight to hear it doing the Frente thing again. Add to that an equally charming Frente newie (the astutely titled Sweetand a cover of renowned mentalist Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love done in decidedly Melbourne-Festival-opening-night-circa-1993 manner (don't worry, that's a good thing) and you've got a welcome homecoming from one of Australia's finest most intuitive and clever pop outfits
Clem Bastow - Inpress Magazine Feb 16