Review: ‘Frente!’

Overall, Frente!'s approach to their Palace performance was like unpolluted air, clean and spacious, particularly with their two hit singles -- a sparse, acoustic guitar and vocal version of New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" and their own "Labour of Love."

Overall, Frente!’s approach to their Palace performance was like unpolluted air, clean and spacious, particularly with their two hit singles — a sparse, acoustic guitar and vocal version of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” and their own “Labour of Love.”

But Frente!’s two singles don’t accurately reflect the Australian foursome’s musical personality full of jazzy and stylish pop.

Frente!’s 50-minute show, supporting U.S. debut “Marvin the Album” on Mammoth/Atlantic Records, displayed the group’s other material that was far more interesting and captivating, mainly because of guitarist Simon Austin, who has a knack for clever arrangements and guitar fills complemented by his fun stage persona.

Vocalist Angie Hart was adorably quirky at first, like an awkward teenager singing at a high school talent show, standing in one place with her feet tightly together and hardly moving from her spot. Unfortunately, the cuteness wore out after the first few songs, especially when her vocal performance was similarly frozen in little-girl cuteness.

Surprisingly, the band performed no encore after Hart announced she was having a bad day.

Frente!

(The Palace, Hollywood; 1,250 capacity; $ 15.50 top)

Production

Promoted by Goldenvoice. Reviewed Sept. 23, 1994.

Cast

Band: Simon Austin, Angie Hart, Tim O'Conner, Alistair Barden.
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