Billboard Bits: Nine Inch Nails, Frente, Louis XIV
News on Nine Inch Nails, Frente, Louis XIVNine Inch Nails has announced three North American shows to precede a previously announced March 30-31 run at London's Astoria. The Trent Reznor-led group will play March 23 in Fresno, Calif., the following day in Reno, Nev., and March 25 in Davis, Calif. Tickets for all three shows go on sale tomorrow (Feb. 12). Dresden Dolls will support in the U.S. and London.
The only other date on NIN's schedule is a May 1 headlining appearance on the second day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Two days later, the group will release its first album since 1999, "With Teeth," via Interscope.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Quirky Australian pop/dance act Frente is prepping its first album in eight years. Its 1992 debut, "Marvin the Album," shipped 750,000 units worldwide, according to Australian label Mushroom; a cover of New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" reached No. 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The four-piece based around vocalist Angie Hart and guitarist Simon Austin split acrimoniously in 1996 after sophomore set "Shape."
Hart moved to Los Angeles and formed the band Splendid with her guitarist husband, Jesse Tobias. In 2004, she began writing again with Austin, who lives in New York. After U.S. club dates as a duo, they called Bill McDonald (bass) and Peter Luscombe (drums) for Australian shows in January and released the EP "Try to Think Less" on Melbourne-based Popboomerang Records.
Hart says Frente's album will likely have an early 2006 release. She adds that she hopes to avoid the mistakes of Frente's previous success: "I was 17 at the time, and I didn't handle it well."
-- Christie Eliezer, Sydney
Up-and-coming San Diego rock outfit Louis XIV will release its debut album, "The Best Little Secrets Are Kept," March 22 via Atlantic. First single "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" jumps 37-33 this week on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album has already been flagged for a parental advisory sticker not for its content, but for its cover image of a nude woman with the song titles written on her back.
As previously reported, Louis XIV will begin a North American tour with Hot Hot Heat on Feb. 21 in Seattle.
Here is the track list for "The Best Little Secrets Are Kept":
"Finding Out True Love Is Blind"
"God Killed the Queen"
"A Letter to Dominique"
"Pledge of Allegiance"
"All the Little Pieces"
"Ball of Twine"
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.