Braid (band)


Braid (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Braid
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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Champaign, Illinois, USA
Genre = Emo
Post-Hardcore
Years_active = 1993 – 1999, 2004
Label = Enclave Records
Divot Records
Grand Theft Autumn Records
Polyvinyl Records
Mud Records
DeSoto Records
BiFocal Media
Glue Factory Records
City at Night Records
URL = [http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/bands/band_info.asp?bandID=18 Polyvinylrecords.com]
Current_members = Bob Nanna - "vocals/guitar" (1993 – 1999)
Todd Bell - "bass" (1993 – 1999)
Chris Broach - "vocals/guitar" (1994 – 1999)
Roy Ewing - "drums" (1993 – 1997)
Damon Atkinson - "drums" (1997 – 1999)
Pete Havranek - "guitar" (1993 – 1994)
Jay Ryan - "bass" (1993)
Kate Reuss - "vocals" (1993)
Past_members =

Braid was an influential emo/post-hardcore band from Illinois that formed in 1993. After forming, the band went through several line-up changes but eventually settled on: Bob Nanna on guitar/vocals, Todd Bell on bass, Chris Broach on guitar/vocals and, Roy Ewing on drums. Roy was replaced in 1997 by Damon Atkinson. In 1999 Braid disbanded and went on to form Hey Mercedes with all band members minus Chris Broach (who went on to form The Firebird Band) and adding Mark Dawsurk. The band reformed for a comprehensive US/Canada tour from June-August 2004 & a brief Japanese tour in August 2004.

History

*In fall 1993, Bob Nanna (of Friction), a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, started hanging out with Roy Ewing, who played in Lowercase N. Bob's friend, guitarist Pete Havranek (of 42 Loads and Inkadink) wanted to play with someone new, so Roy volunteered. Bob became their singer and guitarist, Jay Ryan joined them on bass, and Braid was born.

*Shortly after, Jay left the band and went on to play with Hubcap and Dianogah. Todd Bell, who had played with Roy in Lowercase N, replaced Jay on bass. Kate Reuss was recruited to sing. Braid played their first show December 10, 1993, in Danville, Illinois. Kate left the band after the second show.

*After this, Braid went through some drastic changes. Bob's other band, Friction, broke up for good, which meant that Braid was no longer a side project. Chris Broach joined as singer. Pete left the band in August 1994, and Chris took over on guitar. A week later Braid recorded the Rainsnowmatch 7-inch, which was released in December 1994 on Enclave Records. Braid's debut album Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five was released in June 1995 on Divot Records.

*In March 1997, Roy left the band. Damon Atkinson, of Figurehead, joined Braid's spring tour and became the band's drummer.

*In August 1999, Braid disbanded

*The band reformed for a comprehensive US/Canada tour and DVD release, they toured from June-August 2004 & a brief Japanese tour in August 2004.

Awards

*SESAC award
*Alternative Press top 10 Emo album all-time for Frame and Canvas.

Discography

Albums

* Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five CD/2XLP (1995) Divot Records
* The Age of Octeen CD/LP (1996) Mud Records
* Frame and Canvas CD/LP (March 1998) Polyvinyl Records
* Always Something There To Remind Me (Split CD w/ Burning Airlines) (November 1998) DeSoto Records
* Movie Music, Vol. 1 CD/LP (2000) Polyvinyl Records
* Movie Music, Vol. 2 CD/LP (2000) Polyvinyl Records
* Lucky to be Alive CD/2XLP (2000) Glue Factory Records

ingles

* Rainsnowmatch 7" (1994) Enclave Records
* I'm Afraid Of Everything 7" (October, 1996) Grand Theft Autumn Records/Polyvinyl Records
* Niagara 7" (1996) Grand Theft Autumn Records
* First Day Back 7" (October, 1997) Polyvinyl Records
* Braid / Corm Split 7" (November, 1997) Polyvinyl Records
* Please Drive Faster 7" (1998) Polyvinyl Records
* Always Something There To Remind Me (Split 7" w/ Burning Airlines) (November 1998) DeSoto Records

Digital albums

* Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five Digital Only (2007) City at Night Records

VHS/DVD

* Killing a Camera VHS (1999) Bifocal Media
* Killing a Camera DVD+Bonus 2004 Reunion Tour (2004) Bifocal Media

Chronological discography

*Rainsnowmatch (1994) 7" - Enclave Records.
*Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five (1995) full length - Divot Records.
*Ground Rule Double Compilation (1995) - Divot / ActionBoy 300 Records
*I'm Afraid Of Everything (1996) 7" - Grand Theft Autumn Records / Polyvinyl Records.
*The Age Of Octeen (1996) CD/LP - Mud Records.
*Niagara (1996) 7" - Grand Theft Autumn Records.
*First Day Back (1997) 7" - Polyvinyl Records.
*Braid / Corm Split (1997) 7" Polyvinyl Records.
*Frame and Canvas (1998) CD/LP - Polyvinyl Records.
*Please Drive Faster (1998) 7" - Polyvinyl Records.
*Always Something There To Remind Me (1998) (Split 7" w/ Burning Airlines) - DeSoto Records.
*Killing a Camera - documentary of the last 5 shows in August 1999 (1999) VHS TAPE - BiFocal Media.
*Movie Music, Vol. 1 (2000) CD/LP - Polyvinyl Records.
*Movie Music, Vol. 2 (2000) CD/LP - Polyvinyl Records.
*Lucky to be Alive (2000) CD/LP - Glue Factory Records.
*Killing a Camera - original VHS - plus new interviews by the band before their reunion tour in 2004 - (2004) DVD - BiFocal Media.
*Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five (February 2007) full length, digital only - City at Night Records

Members' other musical endeavors

*Bob Nanna - Friction, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film, Orwell, Sky Corvair, and Hubcap as a guest musician
*Chris Broach - Chris Broach, The Firebird Band, L' Spaerow, Life at Sea, Lucid Records, City at Night Records, The Blakhiv, SacHead, Seven Inch
*Todd Bell - Mary Me, Grand Theft Autumn Records, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film
*Damon Atkinson - Figurehead, Hey Mercedes, temporary drummer for Saves the Day, present tour manager for Thrice
*Roy Ewing - Mary Me, Grand Theft Autumn Records, Very Secretary, Days in December, New Ruins

External links

* [http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/bands/band_info.asp?bandID=18 Polyvinylrecords.com]
*Allmusicguide | id=11:0z6gtr2qkl2x | label=Braid
* [http://www.mammothpress.com/index.php?area=readinterview&pid=16 Braid Interview on Mammoth Press]
* [http://www.cmykyle.com/clips.php?id=59 Interview about 2004 Braid reunion from Alternative Press 192]
* [http://www.chrisbroach.com Chris Broach Website]


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