It's happening!! Today we're pleased to announce Braid's first full length album in 16 years — No Coast. Being released on Tuesday, July 8, No Coast was produced by Will Yip and contains 12 of the most technically and lyrically creative songs ever penned by the Champaign-Urbana, IL- based quartet. Featuring a rousing collection of textures, as well as the combined signature vocals provided by guitarists Bob Nanna and Chris Broach, No Coast presents itself as the fitting follow-up to the career defining, 1998 indie-rock classic Frame & Canvas.
In mid-2010 the members of Braid – Chris Broach (guitar/vocals), Bob Nanna (guitar/vocals), Todd Bell (bass), and Damon Atkinson (drums) – discussed the possibility of working on a new release as well as performing a number of reunion shows that eventually led to their Closer To Closed EP and their Frame & Canvas anniversary tour in 2012 where they performed the album front-to-back in addition to a number of fan favorites. This burst of activity was a welcome return for the band and fans like ourselves alike, leading to now, where Braid has returned with a fresh set of material on No Coast that is more of a rebirth of the band rather than a simple reunion.
“I think we feel like we want this to be an introduction to Braid more than a follow-up to previous material. We wanted to capture the spirit and dynamic tension that comes from having two guys up front that have a lot to say and a rhythm section that helps shape the songs. We spent a lot of time looking to where we could give each instrument its own space on the record — everything has its place, and its very deliberate.”
"The drive has always been there to create new, exciting material that would speak to all of our fans, old and new. We're excited with how the record turned out and look forward to Braid's busy future."
Braid will be making the following appearances throughout the summer:
- July 08 – Lansing, MI – Common Ground Music Festival
- July 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar (w/ Into It. Over It.)
- July 10 – Cincinnati, OH – South Gate House Revival (w/ Pity Sex, Signals Midwest)
- July 11 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar (w/ Pity Sex, Signals Midwest)
- July 12 – Champaign, IL – Mariposa Music Festival
The album track listing and information on the pre-order can be viewed here.
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