The Frames are an Irish rock band from Dublin and are a part of the remnants of the Dublin rock scene of the early 90’s. They’ve done 6 albums and have been very influential on the European music scene and are another band that never got their due.
Founded by Glan Hansard in 1990, the band got its name from his hobby of fixing bicycles. His house was littered with the frames of bicycles and his neighbors referred to it as “the house with the frames”. The band has had many members over the years including people from Thin Lizzy and Kila, two other great Irish Bands.
The band is also known for interspersing snippets of songs by other artists into their own as a form of homage; notable examples are “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley, “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “Lilac Wine” by James Shelton (as made popular by Jeff Buckley / Elkie Brooks) and “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’.
In 1991, Hansard came to public attention after taking the part of “Outspan” Foster in the film The Commitments. However, Hansard regretted this role as he felt it distracted from his music career. Mac Con Iomaire also had a cameo in the movie as a violinist auditioning for the band. Bronagh Gallagher, one of Hansard’s colleagues, can be seen wearing a Frames T-shirt in her appearance in the film Pulp Fiction. Hansard appeared on screen as the principal character parodied by Irish music comedy Web site Eyebrowy.com and in 2007 as the lead in the movie Once which featured his songs.
See what we mean about influential?
The band is still together, although the original lineup is not. Like most bands, some have come and gone and others have passed away. But the work is there and its great work. Here we feature a great song by The Frames called “Falling Slowly”. Enjoy…
The Thrills have been described as having a classic pop rock sound like the anglo rock from the 60’s and early 70’s. Think of bands like Big Star, The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield and you get the picture. The Thrills hail from Dublin, Ireland and were formed in 2001 with their debut album, “So Much For The City”. The album peaked at #1 in Ireland and went to #3 in the U.K.
Their follow up, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia” was somewhat disappointing. While it reached number one in Ireland, it only peaked at #9 in the U.K. Their third album “Teenager” received mixed reviews although many consider it to be their best album. After Teenager, the band went on an indefinite hiatus and has done nothing since. However, many subsequent interviews with different band members have been positive and reinforced the message they have never split. They have only taken an extended break. And this is a good thing.
Muck like Big Star, the band is great and the music is outstanding, but they were simultaneously ahead and behind their time. Unlike Big Star (who actually invented Pop Rock) all of the original members are still alive and their is hope the band will catch fire and make more music. Until then, we are left with three classically pure, pop rock albums. If you have not heard them, stream on any streaming service or pick up an album or two. You won’t regret it.