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.
I love it when you can tell that a band has ‘arrived’. I feel like they’ve made the record (Cold Memory) where their train has very much pulled into the station (or whatever metaphor is the right one for saying that they have found their sound).
Kate Lucas is a wise and complex songwriter. I always feel smarter for having listened to her music. The chord choices and subtle vocal harmonies come from the brain of someone who has most definitely been here before.
Emma Donovan and The Putbacks
Genre Schmenre. Emma and the band are leading the way in depth and honesty in their collaborated output. I get chills.
How to be serious with just the right amount of humour or seriously humorous when writing about the serious business of being an amateur lifer in music. It’s no joke. She speaks my language, in a voice that is knowing, with arrangements that are beyond words.
A voice that’ll make you grow actual wings with the guitar chops to put feathers on your wings. So much beauty in these heartfelt songs of equal celebration and grief. The bittersweet is the truth.