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Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five , 6/10
The Age Of Octeen , 6/10
Frame And Canvas , 6/10
Hey Mercedes: Everynight Fire Works , 6/10
The City On Film: In Formal Introduction (2005), 6.5/10

Braid was a punk band from Urbana (Illinois), led by singer guitarists Bob Nanna and Chris Broach, that delivered an angular punch in a somewhat intellectual fashion, while at the same time packaging their Midwestern roots into punk-rock sounds. That the best track on Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five (Divot, 1995) is an instrumental (Angel Falls) only proves the musical skills of the band.

The Age Of Octeen (Mud, 1996) was already a mature work from a mature band, well emancipated from the stereotypes of the genre (American Typewriter). Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu are the most visible references. Their emo-core was possibly the most original of the time.

With Damon Atkinson joining on drums, Frame And Canvas (Polyvinyl, 1998) increased the doses of melody while maintaining the same level of psychological tension (The New Nathan Detroits, Milwaukee Sky Rocket).

When Chris Broach formed Firebird Band, Braid disbanded and Please Drive Faster (Polyvinyl, 2000) was their last single. Movie Music is a two-CD anthology.

Hey Mercedes was born from the ashes of Brain. Their debut album, Everynight Fire Works (Vagrant, 2002), is similar but lighter and more accessible.

In Formal Introduction (Grand Theft Autumn, 2005), credited to The City On Film, is actually the debut solo album by Bob Nanna (of Braid and Hey Mercedes), a collection of robust post-punk ballads a` la Elliott Smith.

Braid returned after a long hiatus with Closer to Closed (2011).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Andrea Marengo)

I Braid sono una formazione punk di Urbana (Illinois), capeggiata dai cantanti e chitarristi Bob Nanna e Chris Broach, che diedero un colpo secco ad una certa moda piuttosto intellettuale, innestando la musica delle loro radici del Midwest nelle sonorità punk rock. Si possono comprendere le abilità musicali della band, dato che la miglior traccia di Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five (Divot, 1995) è strumentale (Angel Falls) .

The Age Of Octeen (Mud, 1996) era già un lavoro maturo, proposto da una band altrettanto matura, ed emancipato dagli stereotipi del genere (American Tipewriter). Fugazi e Drive Like Jehu sono i riferimenti più evidenti. Il loro emo-core era probabilmente il più originale del periodo.

Frame And Canvas (Polyvinyl, 1998) con Damon Atkins alla batteria, aumentò la quantità di melodie mantenendo lo stesso livello di tensione psicologica (The New Nathan Detroits, Milwaukee Sky Rocket).

I Braid si sciolsero Quando Chris Broach formò i Firebird Band. Please Drive Faster (Polyvinyl, 2000) era il loro ultimo singolo. Movie Music è un'antologia doppia.

Hey Mercedes nacque dalle ceneri dei Braid. Everynight Fire Works (Vagrant 2002), il loro album di debutto, è simile, ma più leggero e accessibile.

In Formal Introduction (Grand Theft Autumn, 2005), attribuito ai The City On Film, è di fatto l'album di debutto di Bob Nanna (dei Braid e dei Hey Mercedes), una raccolta di vigorose ballate post-punk alla maniera di Elliott Smith.

Braid tornò dopo un lungo periodo di silenzio con Closer To Closed (2011).

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