Entries tagged with: Braid
by Andrew Sacher
It's a good time to be a Braid fan. Last year they put out their first album in 16 years, No Coast, and co-frontman Bob Nanna released his first City on Film album since 2005 (both on Topshelf). Now Braid's other co-frontman, Chris Broach, is getting set to release the first album from his electro-rock band The Firebird Band since 2004's The City at Night. They're recording it with in-demand producer Will Yip, who did the new Braid record and a lot of other cool stuff lately like mewithoutYou, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, La Dispute and more. They're currently funding the album on Kickstarter, and they say:
Most of the songs are written and ready to be completed in the studio, though there are a few more to write (as there's always something magical about getting into the studio which leads to creating some great on-the-spot music). Not to mention, we're asking some of you for a song title and themes, if you should accept the challenge.You can read more, donate, and check out the various reward options here.
What do we need the money for? We're pressing it ourselves, paying for recording ourselves, paying for travel and studio time needed to record / mix / produce / master the record, and paying for anyone who might be working this thing (PR/Radio, if we meet some of our stretch goals) ourselves.
The Firebird Band don't have any dates coming up, but Braid will be in NYC for day 3 (7/26) of Gigawatts Fest with Beach Slang, Swearin', Cheap Girls, Laura Stevenson, Chumped and more. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.
While you wait for the new Firebird Band record, stream The City At Night below...
photo: Maritime in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
A few years before zillions of '90s emo bands reunited, Davey von Bohlen got The Promise RIng back together, but he's since moved his attention back to his other band: Maritime. Maritime play the free Summerfest in their hometown of Milwaukee this month, playing the KNE Stage right before Braid on 6/27, and then they'll go on a short Northeast tour in the fall.
That tour brings them to NYC on October 2 at Rough Trade. TIckets go on sale today (6/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a stream of their 2006 standout "Tearing Up the Oxygen," below...
photo: Beach Slang at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
We already knew Beach Slang were playing the stacked third day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival (7/26) with Braid, Swearin', Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Chumped, and more; and they've now announced a tour surrounding that. The tour includes two other shows in the area right before the Brooklyn date: Long Island's Amityville Music Hall on July 24 with Iron Chic, Broadcaster and Scout Boys ($10 at door, more info hereAsbury Lanes on July 25 (tickets).
Tickets for all three days of Gigawatts (also including Black Lips, Liturgy, Anamanaguchi and more) are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Their debut LP will be out later this year on Polyvinyl, but most details still TBA. Meanwhile, listen to last year's two EPs, with their list of dates, below...
Brooklyn's annual Gigawatts Festival returns this year with a lineup that's bigger and more impressive than ever. The fest happens July 24-26 at The Wick & The Well, and artists playing include Black Lips, Braid, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang, Cheap Girls, Chumped, Anamanaguchi, Pile, Ava Luna, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Potty Mouth, Mannequin Pussy, Heaven's Gate, Honduras, Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel and still more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting today (5/13) at noon. To get tickets in the presale, use the password: savetheclocktower.
Check out the full day-by-day lineups below...
Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.
The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O'Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
Here's a good pairing of two back-in-action indie/emo veterans now signed to Topshelf: Kind of Like Spitting, who will release their first new album since 2006 (a split LP with Warren Franklin) in February, and The City on Film (aka Braid co-frontman Bob Nanna), who released his first new album since 2005 in December, are teaming up for a tour together this spring. Opening is newer band Lee Corey Oswald (who put out Regards on No Sleep last year), and the tour hits NYC on April 1 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/23).
All dates are listed, with two song streams from the new KOLS album and a full stream of TCOF's new album, below...
Bob Nanna w/ Braid at MHOW in July (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, the prolific Bob Nanna is releasing La Vella, the first new City on Film album since 2005, on December 16 via Topshelf. It'll be his second full length of 2014 following the first new Braid album since 1998. Now The City on Film has announced a tour for early 2015 with Philly indie rockers Young Statues. That tour hits NYC on January 8 at Saint Vitus with headliners Gates. Tickets for that show will be available soon here. All dates are listed below.
Young Statues just put out the video for "Run the River Dry" from this year's The Flatlands Are Your Friend, which is out now on Run for Cover. Watch that, with two song streams from the new City on Film album and the list of tour dates, below...
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.
So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott Beschta with another Milwaukee group, Davey Von Bohlen's post-Cap'n Jazz, pre-Maritime band The Promise Ring.
Since breaking up, drummer Jon Mueller formed Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band who later teamed with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon to form Volcano Choir. And it's Bon Iver sideman Sean Carey aka S. Carey who's also on the bill with Pele and American Football, so maybe S. Carey doesn't feel like the odd one out after all.
Hopefully this means more shows on the horizon for Pele. Revisit their 2000 album, The Nudes, below. Also, Mike Kinsella recently covered The Promise Ring for the upcoming Owen covers album. Listen to that below too...
by Andrew Sacher
American Football at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fans of '90s emo have had it pretty great this year, with very active reunions from American Football, Mineral, The Jazz June and Braid (other stuff too), and now we've got new updates on all of those bands.
Fortunately, American Football's reunion keeps expanding, and now UK shows have been announced for 2015. Their updated list of dates (including shows with The Dodos and David Bazan) is below. AF singer Mike Kinsella is also releasing a covers album with his solo project Owen on December 2. Since we last spoke, his cover of fellow emo band The Promise Ring's "Forget Me" came out. Stream that below too.
Braid singer Bob Nanna also has a new album coming out in December with his solo project The City on Film (though it's a full band album) called La Vella (due 12/16 via Topshelf). You've already heard one song and now he's put out another, "Remember to Breathe," via USA Today. This one's a thick-toned indie rocker, and another reason it's a very good thing that Bob is making new music in 2014. Check it out below.
While Mineral sadly recently said their reunion tour will end in February, singer Chris Simpson's solo project Zookeeper (who put out a new album this year) was just announced for SXSW 2015. That's less than a month after Mineral's reunion tour ends and in their hometown of Austin.
The Jazz June recently put out a video (dir. Ernie Gilbert & Eric Bader) for the title track off After the Earthquake, their first new album in 12 years which came out earlier this month via Topshelf. Unlike Braid's new album, this doesn't sound like classic Jazz June. It's new ground for them and has the veteran band sounding fresh. Check out that video (via Nylon Guys), plus a stream of the whole new LP, below. Maybe you'll see some of The Jazz June's members at the not-emo Ride reunion next year.
Anything else I missed? Oh, and keep your eyes on Jawbreaker watch.
by Andrew Sacher
Bob Nanna (photo by Katie Hovland)
Bob Nanna is a busy man. Not content with just releasing the first Braid album in 16 years this year and a new 7" with his band Lifted Bells with Mathew from Their/They're/There and others (out this week, streaming below), he'll also be releasing the first new album since 2005 with his solo project, The City on Film. (Not to mention he's recently played solo shows and duo shows with his wife as Jack & Ace.) The new album's called La Vella and it will be out December 16 via Topshelf (pre-order). The premise for the album is he "sourced stories from 9 fans" via his custom songwriting website, Downwrite.com, "and turned them into tracks on this new album." He recorded it backed by Kyle Geib and Seth Engel, both of whom he plays with in Lifted Bells.
The first single, "You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life)," "tells of a chance meeting and a bonding over The Pogues, Ted Leo, and gym shoes." While sometimes Bob is in a more stripped down mode for The City on Film, this one sounds like it could have been right off that new Braid record. Good thing he's been so prolific lately because he's clearly got a lot of jams in him right now. That track premieres in this post -- check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.
The City on Film's only upcoming dates at the moment are The Fest this weekend and two hometown Chicago shows. Lifted Bells are playing a Fest show too. All TCoF dates are listed below.
photos by Mimi Hong
"IM WATCHING FUCKING BRAID PLAY RIGHT NOW." - Eric Drumm
'90s emo pioneers Braid began their current reunion back in 2011 but it's been more exciting than ever lately with the release of No Coast, their first full length since 1998's now-legendary Frame & Canvas and a very good one at that. The band wrapped up their tour with A Great Big Pile of Leaves this past weekend, hitting NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We didn't get the setlist for that particular show, but they look pretty much the same for most nights on this tour and have included new album standouts like "East End Hollows," "Bang" and the title track," as well as classics like "The New Nathan Detroits," "Please Drive Faster," "First Day Back" and plenty more. If you caught the show, what did you think? Anybody stop by Washed Up Emo's afterparty at Cameo where Bob Nanna and Chris Broach were DJing?
We unfortunately missed AGBPOL (though they're touring again soon), but pictures of Braid are in this post and continue below...
Braid in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Braid's excellent reunion album, No Coast is out now and the band will soon bring their tour with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Marietta to NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/26). Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
We already mentioned that co-lead singers Bob Nanna and Chris Broach would be DJing an afterparty in Brooklyn, and it's since been announced that the party will happen down the block at Cameo. As rumored, the party is also Washed Up Emo's first Emo Night in Brooklyn (they were all previously at EV bar Idle Hands).
Contest details for MHOW, with No Coast standout "East End Hollows," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Legendary '90s emo band Braid will finally release their first full length in 16 years, No Coast, next week (7/8) via Topshelf, and the band have now made it available to stream on NPR. Reunion records can often go very wrong (see Pixies, Black Flag), but No Coast is sounding pretty damn good for any band, let alone one who hasn't written a record together in over a decade (they did put out an EP in 2011). If you long for the Braid of old, some of that is here, hints of post-Braid band Hey Mercedes show up too, and if you're new to Braid but are a fan of the countless newer bands they've influenced, this sounds as fresh and inspired as those too. Check it out here.
The week of the release, there will be an official release party in NYC on July 10 at Idle Hands (25 Ave B). It's one of Washed Up Emo's Emo Nights, which means they'll be spinning old school emo all night. 8PM start, no cover.
After the MHOW show, co-lead singers Bob Nanna and Chris Broach will be DJing an afterparty in Brooklyn (location TBA), and it's rumored to be Washed Up Emo's first Emo Night in Brooklyn. Stay tuned for more.
Stream two tracks from No Coast below...
AGBPOL at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Emo veterans Braid recently expanded their tour to include a Northeast run that hits NYC on July 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Since we last spoke, it was announced that newer emo/indie rock band A Great Big Pile of Leaves (who carry on the '90s tradition well) were added to that leg of the tour, making for a great double bill. Ticket info was also finally posted. The NYC show goes on sale Thursday (6/12) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with the tour flyer and videos of both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Mitchell Wojcik
As mentioned a few times, reunited emo vets Braid are putting out No Coast (on 7/8 via Topshelf), their first full length since 1998's Frame & Canvas and first release since 2011's Closer to Closed EP. You've already heard the first single, "Bang," and now the band have unleashed the record's title track, via Entertainment Weekly. Unlike the vaguely post-hardcore "Bang," this one's punchy power pop closer to The Promise Ring (or Davey von Bohlen's post-Promise Ring band Maritime) than Braid's classic material. It's good too, and you can check it out below.
Braid celebrate Chicago venue Double Door's 20th Anniversary with The Smoking Popes in their home state this weekend (6/14), and in July they'll kick off a tour which was just expanded to include a Northeast run that hits NJ on 7/23 at Asbury Lanes and NYC on 7/26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No openers announced for those dates yet, but other tour dates are being opened by Pity Sex, Into it. Over It., and more. Tickets for those shows will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
How many albums do you know of that feature guest appearances from two pioneers of emo, one of the finest vocalists in modern-day post-hardcore, two members of a certain Welsh indie pop collective, a shapeshifting art rocker, and one of the biggest pop punk frontmen of all time? Still counting? Well you can add the new Say Anything album, Hebrews (due out 6/10 via Equal Vision), to your list. Max Bemis & co.'s new album features the lead singers of The Get Up KIds, Braid, Touche Amore, Los Campesinos!, mewithoutYou and blink-182, not to mention The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Saves the Day, Balance & Composure and still more. Oh, and don't forget Say Anything family members Eisley.
Hebrews is Say Anything's sixth full length album and second on Equal Vision since leaving their major label. And like most of their recent releases, it faces the potential doom of living in the shadow of 2004's ...Is A Real Boy. When that album came out (and even more so when it really broke in 2006 when J reissued it and "Alive with the Glory of Love" was released as a single), it came as a breath of fresh air for the pop punk/emo world which was largely in its unfortunate mallcore phase. To quote The Progress from that same year, it was just similar haircuts with different names. But ...Is A Real Boy, which was only vaguely pop punk or emo, broke from that mold while still being associated with it. The album combined the unconventional with the conventional, let no song by without various bridges and unpredictable changes, and was filled with unstoppable ambition. It makes sense that the veterans of the genre want to be on his new album but trash many other bands that came in their wake.
Anytime a breakthrough is that ambitious and that successful, following it up becomes a treacherous task, and audiences will judge every move you make. Max, always one to be self-aware (see "Admit It!!!"), ahem, admits it on the new album's track "Lost My Touch," which premieres in this post. "Some say I've lost my touch at crafting Say Anything songs," begins Max, before addressing younger musicians on how they can take his place: "Just string together lines of smug self-loathing bile." It sounds tongue-in-cheek but also incredibly earnest, a somber piano ballad version of what made the more aggressive "Admit It!!!" so compelling. And at the end of the song, he brings in Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm to provide a very Touche Amore-like verse, the kind that anyone who's ever connected with TA's own piano ballad, "Condolences," should find rewarding. The great irony by the end of it is you realize Max has crafted a pretty damn good Say Anything song.
As previously mentioned, Say Anything is going on tour with some pretty great openers, The Front Bottoms (who have a new EP coming), The So So Glos and You Blew it!. That tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song stream and LP tracklist below...
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.
Bob Nanna of Braid at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously mentioned, veteran emo band Braid are releasing a new album on Topshelf Records this year, their first full length since 1998's Frame & Canvas and the followup to their 2011 reunion EP, Closer to Closed. Since we last spoke, more details on that have surfaced, including that it's called No Coast and will be out on July 8. It was produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Paint It Black). Check out the artwork and tracklist below.
Braid are also touring (including shows with Into It. Over It. and Pity Sex), but unfortunately not hitting NYC. Co-frontman Bob Nanna is going on a solo tour with Get Up Kids singer Matt Pryor that hits NYC on May 9 at Knitting Factory though. Tickets for that one are still available. All Braid dates are listed below.
Braid is not to be confused with Canadian indie pop band Braids, who just released an outtake from 2013's Flourish // Perish. That song, "Deep Running," can be streamed below. Braids are opening Wye Oak's tour which kicks off in Pennsylvania this Friday (5/2) and hits NYC on 5/7 at Webster Hall (tickets).
Braid tour schedule & album info and Braids song stream below...
Bob Nanna at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
A few emo veterans will be hitting the road together this spring: Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor will headline a May run in continuing support of his 2013 solo LP Wrist Slitter, and he'll be supported on the first leg by The Anniversary frontman Josh Berwanger (who also put out a solo LP last year), and on the second leg by Braid frontman Bob Nanna (who we just caught at SXSW). The run with Bob Nanna hits NYC on May 9 at Knitting Factory and NJ the next night at Asbury Lanes (5/10). Tickets for those shows are on sale now. All dates on the tour are also with Spitalfield frontman Mark Rose and Punchline frontman Steve Soboslai aka Blue of Colors. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Braid recently announced that they finished recording their new album, which should be out later this year via Topshelf.
Matt Pryor also plays an Atlantic CIty show (4/12) in April before the tour. All of his dates, with a couple videos, are listed below...
Pains / Hold Steady
After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).
Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.
The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.) Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.
Tweens / Ex Hex
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.
UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:45 Fat White Family
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....
by Andrew Sacher
Matt Pryor and Eric "Mean" Melin in "Kinda Go To Pieces" video
Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor released his newest solo album, Wrist Slitter, late last year via Equal Vision/Rory Records, and he's just made a video for one of its more Get Up Kids-sounding songs, "Kinda Go To Pieces." The video starts with a short acoustic guitar/vocal intro by Bob Nanna of Braid (which originally appeared as the intro to "Before My Tongue Becomes a Sword," also on Matt's new album), and then stars 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Eric "Mean" Melin, who follows Matt around against his will, providing him with air guitar solos. I won't give too much away, but it's got a happy ending. The video makes its premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.
Matt's got some dates coming up (unfortunately none in NYC), including a show in his home state of Kansas, where he'll be performing with an ensemble of horns, strings and more, and recording it for a future release. The rest of his dates are in Europe, and all are listed, along with the new video, below...
Last week, we mentioned that The Jazz June are reuniting and will play the official Topshelf Records CMJ showcase with three younger likeminded bands, Caravels, Have Mercy, and Enemines, and one more TBA. Well it turns out that the TBA band is yet another reunited veteran emo band: Braid. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated show flyer below.
Braid have also announced that they'll be releasing a new full length record on Topshelf in 2014, their first since 1998's Frame & Canvas and the followup to their 2011 reunion EP, Closer to Closed, which came out on Polyvinyl. The band and label have also expressed a mutual appreciation for each other, with the Topshelf co-founder Kevin Duquette writing:
I first heard about this band from a cassette mix tape my friend Greg made for a girl at his church camp over a decade ago. He somehow never managed to give her the tape so he gave it to me instead. My old '94 Dodge Ram van's cassette player long ago ate up that tape, but the band has been a mainstay for both Seth and I ever since. We. Love. This. Band.And Braid frontman Bob Nanna responding:
We're fans of all of the bands on Topshelf's roster and love the spirit with which Seth and Kevin run the label. It feels great to be a part of such an energetic and youthful movement - one that is happening right now.Besides CMJ, Braid have a few other live appearances scheduled for this year, including a Chicago show and Gainesville's The Fest. All dates are listed, along with some recent live videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.