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The Frames - Terminal 5 NYC

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I'm a huge Frames fan.  I started following them in the 90's when the Dublin, Ireland band's singer's most notable accomplishment was the the role he played in The Commitments.  Oddly, that didn't garner him much fame in the US, however The Frames were quickly playing to packed houses in their homeland.   I mostly saw Glen Hansard playing solo shows over the years b/c it was too expensive to get the entire band over here and they were pretty obscure - no real radio play or album sales etc.  Flash to a little movie called Once that obviously changed the landscape for Glen.  Beside playing to sold out shows as The Swell Season, Glen can now fill up the impressive Terminal 5 in NYC with rabid fans celebrating the 20 year anniversary for his band, The Frames.  Overheard are conversations from folks like myself who've followed them for years and feel a deep connection to the Hansard's success to conversations with people remarking that he's "playing the guitar from Once - the one with holes in it". Indeed that guitar saw hundreds of shows well before Once.  The band took the stage in their usual unassuming form.  No stage effects, no backdrops, no light-show, no bravado.  The guys still sporting jeans and well-worn shoes - as if they just stepped out of the pub and popped in for a show.  Glen  kept the flow going packing in as many songs in the 2hrs they were allotted, however at one point he went on to discuss the inspiration behind Lay Me Down.  As a teen he worked at a WalMart equivalent in Ireland and wanted to show his girlfriend how much he loved her without actually saying I Love You.  He went to the local cemetery and bought her a plot thinking that if he said he'd like to be laid to rest next to her for eternity, it would be the ultimate statement of love.  Needless to say the relationship didn't last much past that moment, but inspired that song and perhaps quite a bit more.  The show went along with the band playing classics like Revelate from their first record, Fitzcarraldo to crowd favorites like Star Star, ultimately wrapping the show with Hey Day, written by his best friend, Mic Christopher who if not for a tragic accident, would have for sure been on stage singing along.  The band sounded polished and loose, featuring their unique ability to hush an entire room of thousands hanging on the the emotive dynamics Hansard and The Frames bring to all of their songs. frames5.jpgAWL-1644.jpgAWL-1667.jpgAWL-1675.jpgAWL-1721.jpgAWL-1736.jpgAWL-1739.jpgAWL-1779.jpgAWL-1794.jpgframes1.jpgframes2.jpgframes3.jpgframes4.jpg