Irish band with huge following now on U.S. tour

Music Review

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone but you can still celebrate by catching Ireland’s most popular rock group on their U.S. tour (with another Irish artist, Damien Rice) or buying their new CD, Set List, now in U.S. stores.

Set List, which collects The Frames’ most popular songs for their first “official” live album, quickly hit No. 1 in Ireland last year and debuted Feb. 24 in the U.S., Canada and Europe (Anti Records).

The annual Irish music awards, “The Meteors,” took place March 5 in Dublin in front of 7,000 fans and industry members. The Frames won the award for Best Irish Band, an award given to U2 on many previous occasions.

The Frames were nominated in three categories altogether (Best Irish Band, Best Irish Album and Best Irish Male Singer). The nominations come from members of the music industry and then the public casts its votes.

“For more than a decade, ... The Frames has courted a reputation as a sort of alternate-universe U2,” The Onion said in a March 4 review. “But for all the surface similarities, it thoroughly trumps U2 in the categories of warmth, modesty, fearlessness, and number of years spent touring midsize bars.”

“If there’s been one consistent element through the years that we’ve been together, it’s been that when we follow our gut instincts and do things ourselves, we get rewarded,” said violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

“That’s where the people recognize something and help us out, and that’s when the wave of goodwill carries you.” We couldn’t agree more.

The author can be reached at crummel@pww.org.

Go to www.theframes.ie for full venue and ticket information.