Posted in music on May 8, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mitchell Wojcik

Emo vets Braid recently detailed their new album, No Coast, which comes out on July 8 via Topshelf -- their first full length since 1998's Frame & Canvas -- and they've now just released its first single, "Bang." As anyone who followed post-Braid projects (Hey Mercedes, The Firebird Band, etc) or heard their 2011 reunion EP Closer to Closed knows, the guys have gotten less raw over the years, so one couldn't necessarily expect the new record to be an entire return to form, but "Bang" actually does amass a lot of that Braid-style aggression. It's not "Nineteen 75" (or even "The New Nathan Detroits"), but it's definitely a rocker and keeping the anticipation for the new album pretty high. Check it out, via NPR, below.

Braid's Bob Nanna brings his tour with Get Up Kids singer Matt Pryor to NYC on Friday (5/9) at Knitting Factory (tickets).


Braid - "Bang"



Tags: Braid

Comments (15)

What a letdown. It's like looking up your ex on FB and she's an overweight tea bagger with 5 ugly kids. Some things look better in the rearview.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 1:13 PM

i remember seeing braid play the cooler in 97...i was 16.

what's j. robbins up to?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 1:31 PM

Braid weren't even good during their initial run. They're sure as hell not good as a bunch of sad old dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 1:41 PM

Suburban Sausage

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 1:58 PM

Hey Mercedes > Braid > Braids

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 4:01 PM

someone stop the 90's emo revival, this stuff sucked the first time around

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 4:28 PM

Now that hipster "black" metal's a big thing, the old-school emo guys had to come back to remind everyone that emo's somehow still gayer than metal.

I'm sure the staff of Heaven St. Records is jerking off about this anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 4:44 PM

Is it strange, BV commenters, to be so passionate about hating something? Why do you care at all? By commenting here, you are only reinforcing your lameness.

I liked this band when they were a band the first time. I am lukewarm about them now, and I find this song to be neither face-meltingly good or so awful that I would bother to say so here. And yet, here I am: commenting on BV.

I give up. If you're interested in a mass suicide organized by myself and other BV commenters, shoot me an email for the time/location, though I'm thinking maybe we all meet up at the Subway (the restaurant, not the actual subway) on 3rd Ave and 15th street (it's a central location, and the first thing that comes up if you google 'New York City Subway Map') around 9pm tonight and we can look for a place together.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 5:06 PM

They look so toasty in their coats!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 5:07 PM

If emo Braid fans want to plan a party, does it have to involve mass suicide? How about a puppy party? Emo puppy party!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 5:23 PM

5:23 - The mass suicide is for any Brooklyn Vegan commenters who are interested, not just Braid fans.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 9:43 PM

No, it's for Braid fans only. What could be more emo?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 7:51 AM

Please bring back the Anniversary!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 9:34 AM

the anniversary of what? never losing your virginity?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:16 AM

I saw the Anniversary once, I think they were the headliner, Superdrag opened...Anniversary were a fun band, first two albums were good, lost track of them after that but didn't they go folk?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 11:30 AM

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