The Key Frames

The Key Frames

 
Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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While it's a difficult feat in a roots scene as accomplished as Toronto's, The Key Frames have found a way to contribute something both unique and startlingly straightforward. Driving roots-rock, soaring harmony and gutsy soul rub shoulders in a controlled blaze of tried-and-true melody.

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Biography

Spend a bit of time walking through downtown Toronto and live music will jump out at you: from buskers, from small-stage matinees, outdoor events, open second-floor windows and from somewhere else, rumbling up above where you cant see it. Having been around now for more than six years, The Key Frames have been all of those bands at one point or another. 

Since the release of their first record three years ago, the band has staked out some serious touring credentials and put a lot
of miles on the van and trailer. They promoted their debut, Out On The Point, with a fourteen-gig, nine-day tour of Atlantic Canada, working literally day and night. In 2012, their sophomore album was supported with another nine days in the Maritimes and Quebec, followed by a three week roadie by the band's two guitarists to Dawson City, Yukon, Vancouver Island, and everywhere in between. In March of 2013 they reached St. John's to play their tenth province in in twelve months, and returned yet again as a full quintet to the Maritimes over the summer to raucous receptions. 

The band has also recently had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of the Weber Brothers at Port Dover's Lighthouse Theatre, and The Sadies at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern for the 2013 edition of their long-running New Years'  Eve bash; these come in addition to their usual full slate of performances around Ontario and in their hometown at the Dakota Tavern, Horseshoe, and 3030.

Tours, one-nighters and albums alike have helped bring into focus the tight but varied elements of what The Key Frames do best: rootsy, banjo-inflected rockers; gutsy, Everlys-meet-Stax vocal harmonies; soaring, classic pop hooks next to lonely late-night laments. One listen will tell you that guile isn't really their thing. Finding the depth and contrast in simple and  appealing melodies, however, is.

Their 2012 album Low Light High Light features the veteran production of Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie) and mixing engineer Don Pyle (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet), showing both a continuity and an evolution of their style. Feeling more adventurous than at the start of either of the previous records, the band is currently in the pre-production phase for their next project, stage-testing new songs for a batch of recordings that will comprise an EP or a series of single releases in early 2014.

Low Light High Light and Out On The Point are available through iTunes, Bandcamp, and other online retailers, and at select record stores. The Key Frames complete gig listing and more is available at thekeyframes.com.

Lyrics

Steal You Away

Written By: The Key Frames

We looked around and caught each other's eyes at the same time
And I knew right there and then little girl I was gonna make you mine
I had to ramble 'cause I had a lot to learn
Now you say you've got another man but that's none of my concern

'Cause I'm gonna steal you
I'm gonna steal you away
You know I'm not the kind of man who's gonna wait
So I'm gonna steal you away

I've seen you look my way, don't you want a man like me?
There's more to my love than the shattered eyes you see
And I want you so bad, now you know it ain't no hanging crime
To say yeah, come home tonight we're gonna have a real good time

And I know I realize I'll break your baby's heart
But if he knew what I did you'd have been mine right from the start

And that's why I'm gonna steal you
I'm gonna steal you away
If it ain't me some other guy will find a way
So I'm gonna steal steal steal you away

Annie, Annie

Written By: The Key Frames

Well I'd fill my glass with liquor but you filled it up with milk
My toes stick out my sock ends, I see yours are made of silk

Oh Annie Annie
How could you break my ever-lovin' heart?
Oh truly truly
I'd give you all not just part

Well I saw you in a French gown
You were sipping zinfandel
And I asked you what the time was
And you said that time will tell

Well that was forty five years ago I fell in love with you
We swore we'd stick together no matter what I'd do

Oh Annie Annie
How could you break my ever-lovin' heart?
Oh truly truly
Please let me make a brand new start

Annie my dear
Do you think that we've really got so bad?
Annie my love
Think of all the kids we almost had

Annie Annie
How could you break my ever-lovin' heart?

Our Age

Written By: The Key Frames

Let’s finish up our drinks, take a cab to the bar
Maybe we’ll walk man it isn’t that far
Dance all night to a band on stage
Have a blast and never once act our age

Well I never looked as young as these kids do
I never had a camera cell phone and neither did you
I never threw a punch and I never talked trash
Never left the bar with a pocket full of cash

I finished up my drink, took a cab to the bar
Sometimes I’d walk if it wasn’t that far
Dance all night to a band on stage
Have a blast and never once act my age

Now if we want a cigarette we’ve gotta go out in the night
With all the city chickens and the gold street light
Didn’t think I’d stay out late, now I just might

Well the band’s packing up and I’m kinda looking ‘round
Whether young folks or old just trying to get found
And the young ones are older than they ever thought they’d be
And they’ll one day be older than either you or me

Yeah and if they want a cigarette they’ve gotta go out in the night
With all the city chickens and the gold street light
Didn’t think I’d stay out late, now I just might

So finish up your drink, take a cab to the bar
Maybe we’ll walk, man it isn’t that far
Dance all night to a band on stage
Have a blast and never once act our age

Act our age (I just might)

It's The Women

Written By: The Key Frames

Old friend it's the women
Got us slinking down the street
Old friend it's the women
That we save our time to meet

And you and I know all about
the snowstorms in her eyes
From when she speaks to
both of us at different times

When we were young
She said her jewelry was her art
But as she grew
I saw no emerald on her heart

It's the women now and not the girls
It's the women now in their own world

Old friend you've had much to say
on subjects near and dear
And old friend it's an avalanche
of ice and wrong and fear

But when she beckons to you
hangs your armour on the wall
Her eyes start causing problems
That they also claim to solve

When we were young
We built a tower in the sky
And as she grew
She built a ladder with her lies

Soft and loud
What could such a swine
do with pearls anyhow?

It's the women now and not the girls
It's the women now in their own world