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In a search to find others interested in trading videos of live shows, drummer/singer Bob Nanna, of Friction, placed a classified ad in Maximum Rocknroll and met drummer Roy Ewing, of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1993. That fall, Nanna, a freshman at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, started hanging out with Ewing, who played in Lowercase N. Nanna's friend guitarist Pete Havranek, of 42 Loads and Inkadink, wanted to play with someone new, so Ewing volunteered. Nanna became their singer and guitarist, Jay Ryan joined them on bass, and Braid were born. Shortly thereafter, Ryan left the band and went on to play with Hubcap and Dianogah. Todd Bell, who had played with Ewing in Lowercase N, replaced Ryan on bass. Kate Reuss was recruited to sing. Braid played their first show on December 10, 1993, in Danville, Illinois. Reuss left the band after the second show.

After this, Braid went through some drastic changes. Nanna's other band, Friction, broke up for good, which meant that Braid were no longer a side project. Chris Broach joined as singer. Havranek left the band in August 1994, and Broach took over on guitar. A week later Braid recorded the Rainsnowmatch 7", which was released in December 1994 on Enclave Records. Braid's debut album, Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5, was released in June 1995 on Divot Records. In March 1997, Ewing left the band. Damon Atkinson, of Figurehead, joined Braid's spring tour and became the band's drummer. Two years later, in August 1999, Braid disbanded; the posthumous Lucky to Be Alive followed in the spring of 2000.

After the split, members of the band broke off into a number of side projects. Bob Nanna formed the City on Film before eventually reuniting with Todd Bell and Damon Atkinson to create Hey Mercedes. Meanwhile, singer Chris Broach focused on his side project, the Firebird Band, on a full-time basis, and started his own label, Lucid Records. Braid reunited briefly for a one-off summer tour in 2004 before coming back together in a more serious capacity in 2011, when they released an EP, Closer to Closed, on Polyvinyl. Over the next few years, the band played the occasional show, including its landmark 600th gig on December 22, 2011 at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, when the bandmembers announced they would record a new album. The release took several years to come to fruition but was finally finished, titled No Coast, and released in July of 2014 on Top Shelf Records, just in time to coincide with a resurgence of interest in the original wave of emo among young people who had just been born at the time that it came out. ~ Tracy Frey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Split

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Track List: Closer To Closed

1. The Right Time

2. Do Over

3. You Are The Reason

4. Universe Or Worse

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Track List: Movie Music, Vol. Two

1. Elephant

2. Jimmy Go Swimmer

3. Eulalia, Eulalia

4. Katykat

5. Grand Theft Autumn

6. To Kiss A Trumpet Player

7. I'm Glowing And You're The Reason

8. Do You Love Coffee?

9. The Consolation Prizefighter

10. Bridge To Canada

11. Painting Nebraska

12. Collect From Clark Kent

13. Roses In The Car

14. My Life

15. Baby, Now That I've Found You

16. This Charming Man

17. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

18. Always Something There To Remind Me

19. Trompe Le Monde

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Track List: Movie Music, Vol. One

1. Sounds Like Violence

2. Motion Light

3. Perfect Pitch

4. I'm Afraid Of Everything

5. Radish White Icicle

6. Now I'm Exhausted

7. Fire Makes The House Grow

8. Niagara

9. That Car Came Out Of Nowhere

10. (Strawberry Ann) Switzerland

11. What A Wonderful Puzzle

12. First Day Back

13. Hugs From Boys

14. Forever Got Shorter

15. Please Drive Faster

16. Circus Of The Stars

17. You're Lucky To Be Alive

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Track List: Frame & Canvas

1. The New Nathan Detroits

2. Killing A Camera

3. Never Will Come For Us

4. First Day Back

5. Collect From Clark Kent

6. Milwaukee Sky Rocket

7. A Dozen Roses

8. Urbana's Too Dark

9. Consolation Prize Fighter

10. Ariel

11. Breathe In

12. I Keep A Diary

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Track List: Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five

1. Angel Falls

2. Capricorn

3. Minuet

4. New Dollar Building

5. Lining Lake Michigan

6. Wax Wings

7. Garner Hall Music Room

8. Hugs From Boys

9. Three Point Turn

10. Eeyore And Easel

11. Red Dye Company

12. Summer Salt

13. X Marks The Hope Box

14. Brass Knuckle Sandwich

15. Dolores

16. Under The Influence Of Tricycle Mechanics

17. Featherweight

18. Ornamental

19. Kissy Windmill Print

20. Jane Describes John

21. Quarters

22. Interstate 57

23. Yawn London

24. Vest Of Interest

25. Pipsqueak

26. Zero Frisco

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Track List: I'm Afraid Of Everything

1. I'm Afraid Of Everything

2. Radish White Icicle

3. Now I'm Exhausted

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Track List: Kids Get Grids

1. Kids Get Grids

2. Because I Am

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Track List: No Coast

1. Bang

2. East End Hollows

3. No Coast

4. Damages!

5. Many Enemies

6. Pre Evergreen

7. Put Some Wings On That Kid

8. Lux

9. Doing Yourself In

10. Climber New Entry

11. Light Crisis

12. This Is Not A Revolution

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Universe or worse is one my favorite songs! ❤️❤️❤️
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Any way to add The Age of Octeen to the discography here?!?!
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favorite.
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Hey does he drive a mercedes?
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marina_escob e d o
Excellent!
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marina_escob e d o
Singer drummer/?
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Boring.....a n o t h e r band with that high pitched whiny vocal sound endemic to 2000's bands.
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braid..
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lindorfer
And here is the show!!

http://metro c h i c a g o . c o m / s h o w s / b r a i d
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lindorfer
Definitely the best news I've heard this year! Back in the studio, possible future show(s)!!

http://www.a l t p r e s s . c o m / f e a t u r e s / e n t r y / i n _ t h e _ s t u d i o _ b r a i d /
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lindorfer
Karate (in my opinion)
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Post Emo??!!..... please don't say that.

Second best band? ...what is the first?
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lindorfer
Second best band ever.

Impress yourself~
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michaelhoobe r
Emo died in August 1999, when Braid broke up. Everything since should be referred to as post-emo.
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Best live shows EVER!
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Braid Rocks my socks!!!

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