Braid, the Illinois-based indie rock band longtime music lovers in the scene know from the fan-favorite albums Frame & Canvas and Movie Music Volumes 1 and 2, have a brand new album due out on Topshelf Records on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. Titled No Coast, this album is Braid's first full-length release in nearly sixteen years, and as such is something that dedicated fans, of which they have many, will be more than a little excited about.
Sometime in 2010 the members of Braid - Chris Broach (guitar and vocals), Bob Nanna (guitar and vocals), Todd Bell (bass), and Damon Atkinson (drums) - got together to discuss a new release and play a number of possible reunion shows. They managed to do both of those things, with their 2011 EP Closer to Closed and a Frame & Canvas anniversary tour for which they performed the entire album. Clearly this activity was something meaningful for both the band and their fans, as it has lasted to the present and Braid's upcoming release.
Regarding the release, Braid members had this to say:
“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."