It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 21 years since Frente (famously described by Inpress magazine as rhyming with “heaven-sent-eh!”) burst onto the music scene with their debut, Marvin The Album.
The record has sold over a million copies since it was first released, and now its re-release and subsequent tour promises to introduce a whole new generation to Frente’s unique sound.
Lead singer Angie Hart is excited to revitalise the album, noting that, “the songs are ever-evolving through time, and I always come back to them… There have been a lot of ups and downs, and the fact that we can still play music together and that the chemistry is still there, is wonderful.”
The new line-up consists of both Hart and Simon Austin from the original line-up, joined by Bill McDonald on bass and Pete Luscombe on drums. Fans who might have been able to catch Frente years ago will, Hart promises, be in for the same high-energy performance they’ve come to expect from the band.
“We’re going to collaborate with Gabby Huber of Maples, which will be quite interesting. We like audience participation and perhaps a bit of friendly heckling,” says Hart. (SW)
May 30-31, The Basement, 7 Macquarie Pl, Circular Quay, $45, thebasement.com.au
BY SIRI WILLIAMS