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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 - Where Is My Mind?: A Tribute To The Pixies album art Various Trompe Le Monde Various - Where Is My Mind?: A Tribute To The Pixies (Comp) Doghouse Records (2) US 1999 Sell This Version
none Various Do Over Various - Topshelf Records 2012 Digital Sampler(79xFile, MP3, 192) Topshelf Records (2) none US 2012
none Various Lux Various - Spring 2013(22xFile, MP3) No Sleep Records none US 2013
none Braid - 2014 Label Sampler album art Various Put Some Wings On That Kid Various - 2014 Label Sampler(CD, Smplr) Topshelf Records (2) none US 2014 Sell This Version
none Braid - 2014 Digital Sampler album art Various Put Some Wings On That Kid Various - 2014 Digital Sampler(93xFile, MP3, Smplr, 320) Topshelf Records (2) none US 2014
PRC-325 Braid - Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl album art Various Next Of Kin Various - Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl(LP, Pin + LP, Gre + Album, Ltd) Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-325 US 2016 Sell This Version
RAR-039 Braid - No Alternative: Music From The Motion Picture album art Various Breathe In Various - No Alternative: Music From The Motion Picture(2xLP) Rhyme & Reason Records RAR-039 US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Braid - Post Marked Stamps album art Various Forever Got Shorter Various - Post Marked Stamps (Comp) Tree Records US 1999 Sell This Version

Compilations

SC 001 Braid - Ghost Dance album art Various Elephant Various - Ghost Dance(2x7", Comp) Slave Cut SC 001 US 1994 Sell This Version
Braid - Punk TV album art Various Bosom Buddies Various - Punk TV (Comp) Red Dawg Records US 1995 Sell This Version
LPR No. 5, optima dies no. 1 Braid - Emo Schmeemo album art Various To Kiss A Trumpet Player Various - Emo Schmeemo(7", Comp) Liberty Park Recordings, Optima Dies LPR No. 5, optima dies no. 1 US 1995 Sell This Version
Braid - Direction album art Various I'm Glowing And You're The Reason Various - Direction (Comp) Polyvinyl Record Company US 1996 Sell This Version
Braid - Ground Rule Double album art Various Grand Theft Autumn Various - Ground Rule Double (Comp) Divot, ActionBoy 300 Records US 1996 Sell This Version
none Braid - Ooh Do I Love You album art Various Do You Love Coffee? Various - Ooh Do I Love You(2xCD, Comp, Pap) The Core For Care none US 1996 Sell This Version
MUD-CD/009 Braid - Cover The Earth: A Mud Records Compilation album art Various Eulalia, Eulalia and 1 more… Various - Cover The Earth: A Mud Records Compilation(CD, Comp) Mud Records MUD-CD/009 US 1996 Sell This Version
Braid - Bread: The Edible Napkin album art Various Katy Cat Various - Bread: The Edible Napkin (Comp) No Idea Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Braid - ABCs Of Punk album art Various Bridge To Canada Various - ABCs Of Punk (Comp) Whirled Records US 1996 Sell This Version
none, GR04 Braid - There Is A Light album art Various There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Various - There Is A Light(CD, Comp) Red Jagwire Records, Grimmlake Records none, GR04 US 1997 Sell This Version
SRC002 Braid - World Domination In Thirteen Easy Steps album art Various Collect From Clark Kent Various - World Domination In Thirteen Easy Steps(CD, Album, Comp) Stratagem Ripcords SRC002 US 1997 Sell This Version
CPR-002 Braid - In Words Of One Syllable album art Various Painting Nebraska Various - In Words Of One Syllable(LP, Comp) Catchphraze Records CPR-002 US 1997 Sell This Version
none, 18651-2 Braid - Southern Tree & Polyvinyl Fall/Winter 1998 Compilation album art Various A Dozen Roses Various - Southern Tree & Polyvinyl Fall/Winter 1998 Compilation(CD, Comp) Polyvinyl Record Company, Tree Records, Southern Records none, 18651-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
Braid - Nowcore! (The Punk Rock Evolution) album art Various New Nathan Detroits Various - Nowcore! (The Punk Rock Evolution) (Comp) K-Tel International (USA), Inc. US 1999 Sell This Version
001 Braid - Live At The Blue Room album art Various Never Will Come For Us and 1 more… Various - Live At The Blue Room(CD, Comp) Yanstar 001 US 2000 Sell This Version
Braid - ReDirection album art Various Killing A Camera Various - ReDirection (Comp, Album) Polyvinyl Record Company US 2001 Sell This Version
MIMH0023 Braid - This River Runs Dry album art Various What A Wonderful Puddle Various - This River Runs Dry(LP, Comp) Music Is My Heroin MIMH0023 Germany 2002 Sell This Version