The Frames, acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most successful current bands, have just released their sixth studio album, The Cost, in the U.S. through Anti Records. According to frontman Glen Hansard, The Cost was recorded completely live. “People have told us in the past that we are better on stage than on record and it’s true that the studio can kill the spontaneous feel of a song. Hansard calls the album “our Seventies folk record… Gordon Lightfoot, early Elton John, that kind of feel.” Early acclaim at home in Ireland has been decidedly strong …Hot Press asserted, “It could be huge,” insisting there is “much here to wave lighters and sing-along to.”
Hansard stars in one of the most popular films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Once, the story of a Dublin busker who meets an immigrant Czech rose peddler, played by Marketa Irglova.