This May, Montreal based-Braids are going to play 16 dates with Merge records artists Wye Oak. The tour begins in Pittsburgh, and winds through the eastern US, ending in Atlanta; en route they stop in Montreal at Il Motore and Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern. Braids announce their dates today in a video accompanied some previously unreleased music here. All tour dates are listed below.
Braids’ latest album came out in August of 2013 and has graced many year-end lists. Flourish // Perish, the follow-up to their Polaris Prize-shortlisted Native Speaker, is out on Flemish Eye in Canada.
“Rich and strange, these Canadians recall Radiohead at their experimental best” Time Out
“a masterclass in restrained beauty” NME 8/10
Braids Tour Dates
05/02 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
05/03 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
05/05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
05/06 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05/07 New York City, NY – Webster Hall
05/09 Boston, MA – Paradise
05/10 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
05/11 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
05/13 Chicago, IL – Metro
05/14 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
05/15 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
05/16 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
05/17 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
05/18 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
05/20 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
05/21 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
All dates w/ Wye Oak
Braids, the young Canadian experimental pop group who released Native Speaker in 2011 have reinvented themselves in the making of their second full length. After 18 months of touring in support of their debut –followed by the departure of a band member– the group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording. While Native Speaker was written in an organic and live environment, for the follow-up the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting. Sonically, the songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable, demonstrating the group’s emotional growth and maturity since their last record.
Their first full-length after BRAIDS’ critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker, the new double LP captures the maturation of the band over the last two years. Flourish // Perish showcases the strength of the band as a collective and explores their burgeoning love for electronic music. The band brings their widely disparate strengths together to create a distinctive voice; the organic and complex rhythms dance and spar with sparsely decorative sounds, often fragmented, tampered, and filtered beyond recognition. Interwoven amongst these threads is the layered voice of Standell-Preston, her engaging lyrics and human performance drawing the listener close.
After 18 months of touring in support of the Polaris Prize-shortlisted Native Speaker –along with the departure of a band member– the group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording. While Native Speaker was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting for the follow up. Sonically, the songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable, demonstrating the group’s emotional growth and maturity since their last record.
With Flourish // Perish, BRAIDS marks an exciting continuation of their partnership with Flemish Eye Records in Canada, where the album is available August 20th everywhere.
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