Frente! Announce 'Marvin The Album' 30th Anniversary Australian Tour

2 March 2023 | 9:48 am | Mary Varvaris

Frente! are honouring Marvin The Album by playing the album in full on a national tour.

(Pic by Sarah Walker)

Get ready to head back to Kelly Street this May and June, as Frente! are honouring the 30th anniversary of their beloved debut record, Marvin The Album, by playing the album in full on a national tour.

Kicking off the celebrations with a hometown show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, the duo of Angie Hart and Simon Austin are then off to the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, Brisbane’s The Zoo, The Gov in Adelaide, and ending the run at Perth’s Badlands.

Hart and Austin will be accompanied by a band featuring Tamara Murphy (Spirograph Studies, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Grabowsky), award-winning songwriter Sophie Koh on keys, and percussionist Ben Wiesner (Missy Higgins, The Audreys, Rob Snarski).

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, 3 March) at 10 am AEDT. Sally Seltmann will join the duo in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, while Lo will join them in Perth.

Marvin The Album celebrated its 30th anniversary on 24 November. Featuring their ARIA #4 hit, Accidently Kelly Street (which is now a children's book), and other singles, Ordinary Angels, No Time, and a cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle on the international version of the record, the album peaked at #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and is certified platinum in Australia. 

Frente! released their second and final album, Shape, in 1996. The band released four EPs from 1991 to 1994: Whirled, Clunk, Labour Of Love, and Lonely. In 2014, they released a live album, Live at Fez, New York 2004. The group broke up in 1997 but have since written and performed together over the years.

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“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,” Hart said in a statement.

“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,” she added.

“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?!”



Saturday, 6 May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (Tickets here)

Thursday, 25 May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney (Tickets here)

Friday, 26 May – The Zoo, Brisbane (Tickets here)

Friday, 9 June – The Gov, Adelaide (Tickets here)

Saturday, 10 June – Badlands, Perth (Tickets here)