Frente! announce Australian tour for May, celebrating their iconic debut record ‘Marvin The Album’

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Frente! announce Australian tour for May, celebrating their iconic debut record ‘Marvin The Album’

Frente! photo credit Sarah Walker

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1992 Martin The Album, the 90s icons are heading across the country.

More than 30 years after they took the world of Australian music by storm, Melbourne indie-pop icons Frente are hitting the road to celebrate the anniversary of their iconic debut record, Marvin The Album. 

Set to do a full lap of the map in May/June this year, the tour will kick off with a hometown show at Corner Hotel on May 6, before moving to Oxford Art Factory (Syd), The Zoo (Bris), The Gov (Adl), and finishing up at Badlands in Perth on June 10, with supports from Sally Seltman in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and Lo in Perth.

The act will also headline the Castlemaine State Festival in March and April.

Frente Australian tour 2023

  • May 6 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
  • May 25 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
  • May 26 – The Zoo, Brisbane
  • June 9 – The Gov, Adelaide
  • June 10 – Badlands, Perth

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Emerging in the late ‘80s around the core duo of Angie Hart and Simon Austin, Frente gained a following for their quirky, catchy, and dreamlike compositions, living up to Simon’s own description of the group as “pop that doesn’t know any better”. Following the release of their 1991 EP WhirledFrente signed with Mushroom Records, and swiftly gained widespread attention for 1992’s Clunk EP, which hit the top three on the Australian charts, eventually going Gold. Mere months later, in November 1992, Frente would up the ante once more, sharing their debut full-length effort, Marvin The Album, with the world.

Almost immediately, Frente became a household name throughout Australia and the wider world. Singles such as Accidently Kelly StreetNo Time, and Ordinary Angels received widespread airplay, while the record would go on to reach #5 in Australia, #4 in New Zealand, and top the US Top Heatseekers chart ahead of an eventual Platinum certification in their home country. Before long, Frente were everywhere, touring internationally, playing alongside the likes of Counting Crows, The Beautiful South, and Alanis Morissette, and even appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in the US.

Now, following a 21st birthday celebration (and reissue) of Marvin The Album in 2014, Frente! are set to honour the record’s pearl anniversary with an Australian tour which will see them playing the album in full across the country.

“It has been my dream to be a ‘lifer’ in music and hitting a milestone like this while still practising our craft is fulfilment personified for me,” says Angie of the achievement.

“It’s so great to be playing these songs live again. They take on a new meaning and I gain a new and deepened reverence for them every time we open up the book on these songs. In the decade between the last time we played this album, we seem to always forget how the songs go and what they are about. We are approaching them with fresh ears and hearts and seeing them with a different perspective that only time can bring. The love we have for our younger selves now is full of compassion and, at this point, intrigue – we did that?!”

Tickets to Frente’s 30th anniversary tour of Marvin The Album go on sale at 10am AEDT on Friday, March 3.