Braid

Also known as Bra!d
Members of Braid: Bob Nanna, Chris Broach, Damon Atkinson, Jay Ryan, Kate Ruess, Pete Havranek, Roy Ewing, Todd Bell
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://braidcentral.com/, https://en-gb.facebook.com/braidcentral, http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/artists/index.php?id=264, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braid_%28band%29

Discography of Braid:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Goodnight, Sweetheart / What A Wonderful Puddle! 2 Audio 1996 New Granada Records
2 I'm Afraid Of Everything 3 Audio 1996-06-04
3 Burning Airlines / Braid 2 Audio 1999 DeSoto Records
4 Post Marked Stamps No. 4 2 Audio 1997-10-00 Tree Records
5 Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 25 Audio 1999 Divot
6 Movie Music Vols. One + Two 38 Audio 2000-03-28
7 Tour 1999 CD 4 Audio 1999 Snuffy Smile
8 Polyvinyl CD Single Series 004 2 Audio 1998
9 Lucky To Be Alive 17 Audio 2000 Big Wheel Recreation
10 The Age Of Octeen 11 Audio 1996
11 Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 29 Audio 2010-04-13 Polyvinyl Record Company
12 Niagara 2 Audio 1997 Grand Theft Autumn
13 Movie Music Vol. One 17 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
14 Movie Music Vol. Two 19 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
15 The Age Of Octeen 11 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
16 Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 26 Audio 1999 Divot
17 Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 30 Audio 1995 Divot
18 Closer To Closed 4 Audio 2011-06-10 Polyvinyl Record Company
19 Closer To Closed 4 Audio 2011-08-16 Polyvinyl Record Company
20 Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 26 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
21 Closer To Closed 4 Audio 2011-09-23 Hobbledehoy
22 Lucky To Be Alive 17 Audio 2000 Glue Factory Records
23 The Age Of Octeen 11 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
24 Closer To Closed 4 Audio 2011 Polyvinyl Record Company
25 Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 29 Audio 2010-04-13 Polyvinyl Record Company
26 Movie Music Vol. One 17 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
27 Movie Music Vol. Two 19 Audio 2010 Polyvinyl Record Company
28 Killing A Camera 17 Audio 2001 Bifocal Media
29 Braid + Balance + Composure 4 Audio 2013-02-26
30 Braid + Balance + Composure 4 Audio 2013-02-26
31 Braid + Balance + Composure 4 Audio 2013-02-26
32 Braid + Balance + Composure 4 Audio 2013-02-26
33 Frame & Canvas 12 Audio 2013-04-20
34 Frame & Canvas 12 Audio 2003 Polyvinyl Record Company
35 Frame & Canvas 12 Audio 2013 Polyvinyl Record Company
36 Frame & Canvas 12 Audio 1998 Polyvinyl Record Company
37 Braid + Balance + Composure 4 Audio
38 I'm Afraid Of Everything 3 Audio 1996-06-04
39 No Coast 12 Audio 2014-07-08 Topshelf Records (2)
40 Daytrotter Presents No. 29 7 Audio 2014-08-00 Daytrotter
41 Goodnight, Sweetheart / What A Wonderful Puddle! 2 Audio 2014


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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