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The 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 sometime 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 award-winning, globe-traveling band. Members of the Frames were recruited to form the Swell Season's backing band, thus keeping parts of the original lineup together. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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The movie Once tho......... !
But on the other hand it is cache
This song is so sad ������
In Via is not an album by The Frames - it is an album by Frames, a German post-rock band.
spensoid
O so different and funkay!
Glen, I wish I was the inspiration to your songs
Please come to Austin tx ... Since you're on the road alot .. I can cook you a nice Mexican meal!!! You're the best
wlabinger
Please marry me Glen or at least have a coffee with me!
Love the Frames, and Glen Hansard is one of the best performers in the world!
Per Henry Silverman below, Black Forest is NOT a Frames album, it is an A-Frames album. I guess Pandora doesn't really look at these details real closely.
I love the song and the sound, because I can't get enough of Damien Rice, and with the voice, female harmony, passion, strings, and syncopated percussion they sound very, very much like Damien Rice. Not quite as dirty.
Wonderful
It all started in Dublin.... Go Erin Bragh!
tunstalr
Don't read this because this actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by Then I will see life tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this comment on at least three songs you will die in two days now you started to read this so don't stop this is so scary put it on five songs and nixies to 143 minutes if your done press F6 And your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works
rwhitney22
My favorite performer of all time- Glen Hansard. Have seen him twice, once in Chicago with The Frames and once solo in Lawrence, KS. Both were significant road trips for me. I just love him so much!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this comment on at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started to read this so don't stop. This is so scary put it on 5 songs in at least 143 minutes if you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works
such a good song
jbbeck66
Heard Glen Hansard on tour with Eddie Vedder July 2011 and Nov 2012. YouTube them singing Falling Slowly--it is Fantastic.
Awesome bio, never thought their name was based off of bicycles xD *listens to Falling Slowly* I love the conclusion in this song owo
Once reawakened my imagination to how a small, indie film could alleviate my sad, romantic heart. it cushioned the pain & lowered my heartbeat to a slow glow.
redinsanity
Yes, it is in Once, which is beautiful. :)
isnt this song in a play/musical ?
Black Forest is not an album by 'The Frames' either. Is there someone to message about this?
In Via is not an album from The Frames, amazon makes this mistake too. Wrong album!! That band is from Germany.
Glen Hansard sounds so much like Cat Stevens in some parts of this that it's almost scary.
I met him at the airport in the Czech Republic and he's exactly like his character in Once. He's so cool.
I love Glen Hansard when I am enjoying feeling down. He really sings to my soul! The Frames are great!!!
Fitzcarraldo is a great album! I like most of Glen's work. His voice is great!
Once was the most wonderful indie film i have seen in a very very long time.
woah the lead singer sounds just like Lee DeWyze
cmccoskerkea n e
Beautiful, haunting songs. The movie 'Once' was my first exposure to Hansard's music and I just fell in love with it. There is a sadness in his voice that just touched my heart when I first heard it and that sound stayed with me.
The singing is awful!
claireliparu l o
wish more of the instrumentat i o n was evident throughout the song.
Gotta go with D.S. here: owwww, my ears!! Tried to like it, but started bleeding...s o r r y . . . t h a t voice, dear God...
fpu06alumni
i miss you broken hearted hoover sucker fixer!
Dear god this music was dreadful. I felt ike myears were bleeding by the time the song finaly finished.
kevin570
Can't wait for The Frames to come back to Chicago!
i knew as soon as i heard this it was the guy from once by his voice! love this band!!
Love everything that Glen Hansard is involved in..
I would LOVE to see Swell season live!! I had no idea The Frames existed..now can get into them too!
Swell season last weekend in Marymore park seattle.... best concert ever... ever.....
gelancnd
Went to see them at Radio City in NYC few months ago, its worth avery pennie, will go again and again and again....ama z i n g , so much life on those lyrics, the best.
Once is a fabulous movie, but it's not about Glen and Marketa- they just star in it. Beautiful music.
dogbord
Heard Glen, the Frames and Marketa this weekend in Atlanta. They can rock with a huge swelling sound! But Glen took his encore old style without a microhone, busking to the stalls. I wish the sound during the show had been set to hear more of his fabulous lyrics. It was in a symphony hall so there's no excuse not to get every word.
rebekahswest
Can't wait for the Concert in August in SLC UT. Also saw them last November! Absolutely one of the best concerts I've ever seen!!
Falling Slowly is from "Once,"-the movie about Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
bromide01
These guys are like Ireland's answer to late era Fugazi. Too bad nobody was asking the question.
jbo80
Wasn't "Falling Slowly" in a Movie/Soundt r a c k , or perhaps TV? I usually remember these things pretty well...and I am certain this was because it is pretty intense...an y
Been listening to this band since 2000. And I was late to the game. For the Birds is magical - as is any live show with them. Run - don't walk - to both!
i found out about this band after learning about Glen through the movie ONCE(wich is BRILLIANT!) and soon started to look for his music on pandora and thats where i discovered The Frames,i think theyre amazing.Glen Hansard is a true music genius.
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