Glen Hansard - Vocals/Guitar
Colm MacConlomaire - Violin/Keyboard/Vocals
Joseph Doyle - Bass/Vocals
Robert Bochnik - Guitar
Johnny Boyle - Drums
Acknowledged as one of Ireland's most successful current bands, The Frames released their first album in 1992 and, over nearly a decade bounced through various well-documented record deals and band line-ups releasing consistently excellent records (Fitzcarraldo and Dance The Devil) along the way in spite of it. Finally, as the new millennium appeared the band shook themselves free of outside influences, beginning work on For The Birds which they released on their own Plateau label in March 2001.
Two years later after constant touring and an ever-rising fanbase the band released their live opus, Set List, which became the first of their albums to debut in the Irish Album Charts at No 1 in May 2003 and has gone on to be their biggest-selling album to date. They continued with their relentless touring schedule around the world, inked an international record deal with the Anti record label (whilst retaining release rights for their own label at home and in Australia) and still found time to record and release their 5th studio album.
Following hot on the heels of a monumental sold-out open-air show in front of nearly 20,000 at Dublin's Marlay Park, Burn The Maps was released in September 2004. It went straight to No 1 at home in Ireland and became a long-term fixture in the Irish Charts in spite of the band having to spend most of their time away on tour supporting its release worldwide in 2005.
The Frames finished up 2005 with a sold out gig in Dublin's Point Theatre and meanwhile in The States, Burn The Maps finished at No 5 in the New York Times end of year Top 10 releases. 2006 began with Esquire magazine giving them the coveted Best Import award (which Coldplay had won the previous year).
Indulging in a spot of moonlighting in March 2006 frontman Glen Hansard released a universally acclaimed collaborative Swell Season album and tour with Czech singer/pianist/composer Marketa Irglova.
All of The Frames' albums to date have achieved Double Platinum sales status in Ireland. The band's live album, Set List, has sold in excess of Triple Platinum status in Ireland.
- Taken from ANTI-