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A Frames

The Frames are led by Glen Hansard, a Dublin-based singer/songwriter who quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local streets. By 17, he'd borrowed enough money from his parents to record a demo, 50 copies of which were pressed and distributed to family and friends. One of those copies made its way to Island Records' Denny Cordell, who successfully lobbied label founder Chris Blackwell to sign Hansard to the roster. Now signed to a major label, Hansard founded the Frames, taking the name from his childhood fascination with bicycles; he regularly repaired his friends' bikes as a kid, and with the frames scattered about his family's yard, the Hansard home was consequently known as "the house with the frames."

The alternative pop group, whose lineup included guitarist Dave Odlum, vocalist Noreen O'Donnell, bassist John Carney, violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire, and drummer Paul Brennan, made its debut at an Irish music festival in September 1990. After taking a brief hiatus to allow Hansard to co-star in Alan Parker's hit film The Commitments, the band issued a debut single, "The Dancer," in early 1992. With the help of producer Gil Norton, whose work with the Pixies proved to be a major sonic influence on the sessions, the Frames (sometimes credited as the Frames D.C. to avoid confusion with an American group of the same name) completed their debut album, Another Love Song. A scheduled U.S. tour was canceled when Mac Con Iomaire fell ill and Carney quit, though, and even though bassist Graham Downey was quickly added, a shakeup in Island's roster left the band without a label. Moreover, O'Donnell left the lineup in the midst of recording a second album, 1994's Fitzcarraldo. Bassist Joe Doyle soon replaced Downey, with Dave Hingerty assuming Brennan's drumming duties for the Frames' third album, 1999's lo-fi effort Dance the Devil.

The Frames switched labels again, this time signing with a Chicago-based indie, Overcoat, before recording the band's fourth and finest effort, For the Birds. Where previous Frames records often suffered from over-production, 2001's For the Birds (recorded in part by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studios) boasted an intimacy and fragility that complemented Hansard's heart-wrenching compositions. Despite critical hosannas, Odlum left the band in November 2001 to focus on production work, with Simon Goode stepping in as the new lead guitarist. A U.S. tour planned for the following month was suspended in the wake of the death of Hansard's close friend and occasional collaborator Mic Christopher, former frontman of the Mary Janes. The Frames finally made it to the States in support of the New Pornographers during 2002; they also released their first live album, Breadcrumb Trail, that same year. The Frames' next release was 2003's The Roads Outgrown, a nine-track collection of studio outtakes, followed in February 2004 by their first album for Anti, Set List.

Although the Frames continued issuing new material (including Burn the Maps and 2007's The Cost), Hansard began devoting equal time to the Swell Season, a side project that eventually turned into an internationally popular band, especially after Hansard and Swell Season collaborator Markéta Irglová were cast in the successful independent film Once, which also featured their music. Members of the Frames were recruited to form the Swell Season's backing band, thus keeping parts of the original lineup together. In 2015, as Hansard was devoting most of his time to this solo career, he helped assemble Longitude (An Introduction to the Frames), a collection of favorite songs from the group's history that also included three new recordings. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: In Via

1. Entrance

2. Departure

3. Encounter

4. Calm Wisdom

5. Stir

6. Reflections

7. Eris

8. Don't Stay Here

9. End Of A Decade

10. Coda

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Track List: The Cost

1. Song For Someone

2. Falling Slowly

3. People Get Ready

4. Rise

5. When Your Mind's Made Up

6. Sad Songs

7. The Cost

8. True

9. The Side You Never Get To See

10. Bad Bone

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Track List: Black Forest

1. Black Forest I

2. Experiment

3. Galena

4. Death Train

5. Flies

6. Eva Braun

7. Black Forest II

8. Quantum Mechanic

9. Memoranda

10. U-Boat

11. My Teacher

12. Age Of Progress

13. Negative

14. Black Forest III

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Track List: Burn The Maps

1. Happy

2. Finally

3. Dream Awake

4. A Caution To The Birds

5. Trying

6. Fake

7. Sideways Down

8. Underglass

9. Ship Caught In the bay

10. Keepsake

11. Suffer in silence

12. Locusts

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Track List: Set List (Live)

1. Revelate (Live)

2. Star Star (Live)

3. Lay Me Down (Live)

4. God Bless Mom (Live)

5. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops (Live)

6. Rent Day Blues (Live)

7. Pavement Tune (Live)

8. Stars Are Underground (Live)

9. Santa Maria (Live)

10. Perfect Opening Line (Live)

11. Your Face (Live)

12. Fitzcarraldo (Live)

13. The Blood (Live)

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Track List: The Roads Outgrown

1. Lay Me Down

2. Headlong

3. Rise

4. God Bless Mom

5. New Partner

6. Tomorrow's Too Long

7. Listen Girl

8. Sickbeds

9. Fitzcarraldo (Live)

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Track List: For The Birds

1. In The Deep Shade

2. Lay Me Down

3. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops

4. Headlong

5. Fighting On The Stairs

6. Giving Me Wings

7. Early Bird

8. Friends And Foe

9. Santa Maria

10. Disappointed

11. Mighty Sword

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Track List: Fitzcarraldo

1. Revelate

2. Angel At My Table

3. Fitzcarraldo

4. Evergreen

5. In This Boat Together

6. Say It To Me Now

7. Monument

8. Giving It All Away

9. Red Chord

10. Denounced

11. Your Face

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