Braid

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Braid was an influential emo/indie rock band founded in 1993 in Champaign, IL. The original line-up consisted of Bob Nanna (vocals/guitar), Pete Havranek (guitar), Jay Ryan (bass), and Roy Ewing (drums). Of that original quartet, only Roy was actually from Champaign. The other members were all from the Chicago-area and were attending college in Champaign. Jay Ryan, nearing graduation, left after a few practices and was replaced by Todd Bell. Also, Kate Ruess joined the band as 2nd vocalist. This line-up would last for 2 shows and record one song before Ruess departed. In the summer of 1994, Chris Broach, another Chicago-area native, joined the band as lead vocalist. Shortly afterwards, Pete Havranek, unhappy with the band's musical direction, left the group. The band had been planning on recording their first EP when Pete left, and the covers had been printed prior to the recording so he was credited on the first pressing despite not actually playing on the record. With Pete's departure, Chris stepped away from being the full-time lead singer and picked up the guitar.

In 1995, Braid released their first full-length album, "Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5", a sprawling, 26 song double LP. This was followed by a frenzied release of EPs, split 7"s, and compilation appearances, as well a second LP, 1996's "Age Of Octeen". In the spring of 1997, family commitments and job constraints forced Roy Ewing to leave the group. He was replaced by Milwaukee, WI, native Damon Atkinson. The band's third album, 1998's "Frame & Canvas" proved to be their most critically acclaimed release. However, in mid-1999, the band announced their impending break-up. The group played their last shows in the summer of 1999, hitting Champaign, Chicago, and Milwaukee (the home towns of all the members). A posthumous live album was released the following year, along with a 2 volume record collection of compilations and EP tracks.

Following the break-up, Bob, Todd, and Damon formed Hey Mercedes while Chris formed the Firebird Band. The quartet reunited in 2004 for a tour.
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Albums

Braid - Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 album art Braid Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 (Album) Divot, Divot US 1995 Sell This Version
Braid - The Age Of Octeen album art Braid The Age Of Octeen (Album) Mud Records, Mud Records US 1996 Sell This Version
Braid - Frame & Canvas album art Braid Frame & Canvas (Album) Polyvinyl Record Company US 1998 Sell This Version
Braid - Lucky To Be Alive album art Braid Lucky To Be Alive (Album) Big Wheel Recreation US 2000 Sell This Version
Braid - No Coast album art Braid No Coast (Album) Topshelf Records (2) US 2014 Sell This Version
DTP29, dtp29 Braid - Daytrotter Presents No. 29 album art Braid & The Jealous Sound Braid & The Jealous Sound - Daytrotter Presents No. 29(LP, Ltd) Daytrotter, Daytrotter DTP29, dtp29 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Braid - Rainsnowmatch album art Braid Rainsnowmatch (Single, EP) Enclave Records (2) US 1994 Sell This Version
Braid - I'm Afraid Of Everything album art Braid I'm Afraid Of Everything (EP) Polyvinyl Record Company, Grand Theft Autumn US 1996 Sell This Version
Braid - Goodnight, Sweetheart / What A Wonderful Puddle! album art Pohgoh / Braid Pohgoh / Braid - Goodnight, Sweetheart / What A Wonderful Puddle! New Granada Records US 1996 Sell This Version
MUD-021 Braid - Beezus / Braid album art Beezus / Braid Beezus / Braid - Beezus / Braid(7", Single) Mud Records MUD-021 US 1996 Sell This Version
Braid - Niagara album art Bra!d* Niagara (Single) Grand Theft Autumn US 1997 Sell This Version
Braid - Post Marked Stamps No. 4 album art Braid / The Get Up Kids Braid / The Get Up Kids - Post Marked Stamps No. 4 (Single) Tree Records US 1997 Sell This Version
PRC-017 Braid - First Day Back album art Braid First Day Back(7", Single) Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-017 US 1997 Sell This Version
PRC-015 Braid - Braid / Corm album art Braid / Corm Braid / Corm - Braid / Corm(7", Single) Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-015 US 1997 Sell This Version
Braid - Burning Airlines / Braid album art Burning Airlines & Braid Burning Airlines & Braid - Burning Airlines / Braid (Single) DeSoto Records US 1998 Sell This Version
snuff 044, snuff-044 Braid - A Split Seven Inch album art Braid / Three Minute Movie Braid / Three Minute Movie - A Split Seven Inch(7", Single) Snuffy Smile, Snuffy Smile snuff 044, snuff-044 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
smile-024 Braid - Tour 1999 CD album art Braid / Eversor / Lovemen / Three Minute Movie Braid / Eversor / Lovemen / Three Minute Movie - Tour 1999 CD(CD, Mini, Ltd) Snuffy Smile smile-024 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
PRC-026 Braid - Please Drive Faster b/w Circus Of The Stars album art Braid Please Drive Faster b/w Circus Of The Stars(7", Single, Whi) Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-026 US 1999 Sell This Version
Braid - Closer To Closed album art Braid Closer To Closed (EP) Polyvinyl Record Company US 2011 Sell This Version
Braid - Braid + Balance + Composure album art Braid + Balance + Composure* Braid + Balance + Composure* - Braid + Balance + Composure No Sleep Records, Polyvinyl Record Company US 2013 Sell This Version
Braid - Kids Get Grids album art Braid Kids Get Grids (Single) Topshelf Records (2) UK & US 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

Braid - Movie Music Vols. One + Two album art Braid Movie Music Vols. One + Two (Comp) Polyvinyl Record Company, Polyvinyl Record Company US 2000 Sell This Version
Braid - Movie Music Vol. Two album art Braid Movie Music Vol. Two (Comp) Polyvinyl Record Company US 2000 Sell This Version
Braid - Movie Music Vol. One album art Braid Movie Music Vol. One (Comp) Polyvinyl Record Company US 2000 Sell This Version
PRC-303-4 Braid - Braid 6 Cassettes Box Set album art Braid Braid 6 Cassettes Box Set(Cass, Album + Cass, Album + Cass, Album + Cass, Co) Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-303-4 US 2015 Sell This Version