At 17, Glen Hansard borrowed money from his parents to make a record, and as fate would have it, one of his 50 pressed copies found its way to an executive at Island Records. The newly signed Hansard assembled the Frames, and they made their live debut at a festival in Dublin, after which they promptly took a break so that Hansard could film The Commitments. Once that project was finished, they recorded their debut album, Another Love Song, with producer Gil Norton (the Pixies, Del Amitri, James); the single "The Dancer" did very well in Ireland. Island Records was having equal success stateside on alternative radio, and all looked rosy for the Frames until one of their members fell ill, leading them to cancel their first-ever American tour. A series of resignations and record label derailments plagued the Frames for the better part of the 1990s, although they managed to release a handful of well-received albums throughout. They ushered in the new millennium with a flurry of recordings, starting with the critically acclaimed For the Birds, which Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey) produced. In 2003, the Frames released an outtakes album, Breadcrumb Trail, followed by the live Set Lis... See More
The Frames Concert Films
In the Deep Shade
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minConor Masterson's film In the Deep Shade is not a definitive career-spanning documentary of The Frames. Nor is it a fly-on-the-wall expose or an us-against-the-world hero saga. It is, simply put, a stark portrait of an extraordinary band, filmed during their 20th anniversary tour. In the Deep Shade examines the ever-evolving relationship between five musicians who've known each other for many years. That's the story, and in its understated way, it's an uncommon one.
The Frames Top Tracks
In Session: 2008
Runtime: 12 minSnow Patrol performs live at the intimate In Session in 2008. The Session, features performances of Take Back The City,” The Shutters, Chasing Cars.” The Session concludes with an interview with Snow Patrol.
NME Presents: Does This Mean You're Moving On?
The Airborne Toxic Event
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minThe band's first show as the Airborne Toxic Event took place in fall of 2006, and was followed by a regional rise to stardom, attracting offers from indie labels and accolades from magazines like Rolling Stone.
Riding the wave of industry buzz, the Event released their first EP and accompanying single (both titled Does This Mean You're Moving On?) in 2007, which only helped to heighten the band's standing in the indie scene. They signed with Majordomo Records in 2008 and released their self-titled first album, The Airborne Toxic Event, later that year. "Sometime Around Midnight" became a Top Ten modern rock hit, prompting Island Records to sign the band in early 2009. Two years later, the Airborne Toxic Event -- now signed to the same label as one of their major influences, U2
A Practical Handbook
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minLed by a group dynamic that embraces experimentation even as it celebrates classic pop and folk forms, The Decemberists are firmly established as a completely original happening in the world of contemporary indie rock. This movie captures the band in the midst of their rise to prominence with a live recording of a performance at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2005.