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
Love is Here: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minSome would say that Starsailor are Chorley's biggest contribution to modern culture since the opening of the nearby Charnock Richard M6 motorway services in the 1960s. Like the aforementioned favourite resting point for Blackpool day-trippers Love Is Here (Live), will become a solid, long-stay favourite for fans. Recorded in November 2001, one month after the release of their debut album and while they were still being lauded as "the next big thing", the main feature is a live run through of the album. New composition "Some of Us" and the B-side "From a Whisper to a Scream" are also performed, along with versions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Elton John's "Rocket Man". The concert footage and the audio (Dolby 5.1) are of a high quality, and breakthrough tracks "Poor Misguided Fool" and "Alcoholic" sound stunning. The show is hampered, though, by the limited material the guys can draw upon, and Walsh's repetitive melancholic delivery of existing songs. What does become apparent is that after a couple more albums and a little more musical experimentation Starsailor are on course to be live giants.