Braid Announces Upcoming Summer Tour

By on May 15, 2012
Photo: Dale Reince


Seminal ’90s indie-rock quartet Braid are proud to announce their upcoming Summer headline tour. Presented by FILTER Magazine and taking in nine evenings on both the East and West coasts of the U.S., the upcoming tour will begin on Tuesday, August 7 in Cleveland, OH, and culminate in a performance at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, August 19. The tour will also be visiting a handful of major markets including Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, August 10, New York City on Saturday, August 11, Boston, MA, on Sunday, August 12, and West Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, August 18. Joining Braid on the entire tour will be Owen as well as Aficionado and TS & The Past Haunts on select dates. Tickets for the upcoming East and West coast run are now on sale and can be purchased HERE.

In the 1990’s musical landscape, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois’ Braid carved a place for themselves that continues to resonate. Armed with a much deserved reputation as a touring band, their dual guitar and vocal assault coupled with a math-rockesque rhythm section earned them a legion of fans and a popularity that continues to grow over a decade after its initial breakup.

Since its inception in 1993, the band released a number of compilation songs, 7″ material and full-length albums that are still regarded as indie-rock benchmarks. 1998 was the defining year for Braid. The band played almost 200 shows that year, toured Europe twice (first with The Get Up Kids then with Burning Airlines), and Polyvinyl Record Co. released Frame and Canvas, the quintessential Braid album, recorded and produced at DC’s Inner Ear studios with J Robbins. The record was released in April 1998 and met with more success than neither Braid, nor Polyvinyl, had ever imagined.

By early 1999, Braid was ready for a break and, ultimately, ended up deciding to call it quits. The last five days of the band were documented by the Bifocal-directed Killing a Camera video. Nearly a year later, Damon, Todd, and Bob emerged with friend Mark Dawursk as a new band — Hey Mercedes — while Chris went on to start The Firebird Band and Lucid Records.

In mid-2010 the members of Braid — Chris Broach (guitar/vocals), Bob Nanna (guitar/vocals), Todd Bell (bass), and Damon Atkinson (drums) — became excited about the idea of releasing something for Record Store Day 2011 and decided to set aside time in December to get together and see what would happen. The success of these recent practice sessions led to Closer to Closed, an energetic four song EP released by Polyvinyl that featured three new songs from the band as well as a cover of Jeff Hanson’s “You Are The Reason.” Expanding its trademark sound with new layers and textures, Closer to Closed was a welcome return for Braid that’s also made fans excited for what’s next for the band beyond the release and upcoming Summer tour.

“We’ve been feeling re-energized and inspired to create more Braid music for our fans, old and new,” Bob Nanna said. “Given the new ways to connect to our fans, not to mention the crop of young amazing bands coming up now, we couldn’t just keep quiet and watch. We’re excited to be able to release a brand new Braid album in 2013.”

Braid will be making the following appearances in August with Owen, Aficionado and TS & The Past Haunts. Tour dates below.

07 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop  *
09 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom  *
10 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer  *
11 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg  *
12 – Boston, MA – Middle East  *
16 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic  #
17 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse  #
18 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour  #
19 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s  #

* = w/ Owen, Aficionado
# = w/ Owen, TS & The Past Haunts

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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.