After announcing its upcoming Fall headline tour in May, seminal '90s indie-rock quartet Braid are excited to announce the run as a Frame & Canvas front-to-back tour, taking in nine dates on the East and West coasts of the U.S.
Presented by FILTER Magazine, the tour, which will feature the album live in its entirety as well as other catalog favorites, will begin on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Cleveland, OH, and culminate in a performance at Slim's in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, August 19.
The tour will also be visiting a handful of large markets including New York City on August 9, Philadelphia, PA, on August 10, Brooklyn, NY, on August 11, Boston, MA, on Sunday, August 12, and West Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, August 18.
Joining Braid on the entire tour will be Owen and TS & The Past Haunts, as well as Aficionado on select dates. Tickets for the upcoming East and West coast dates are now on sale and can be purchased through the band's new Website.
Since its inception in 1993, Champaign-Urbana, IL's Braid released a number of compilation songs, 7" material and full-length albums that are still regarded as indie-rock benchmarks. 1998 was the defining year for Braid. The band played almost 200 shows that year, toured Europe twice (first with The Get Up Kids then with Burning Airlines), and Polyvinyl Record Co. released Frame & Canvas, the quintessential Braid album, recorded and produced at DC's Inner Ear studios with J. Robbins. The record was released in April 1998 and met with more success than neither Braid, nor Polyvinyl had ever imagined.
By early 1999, Braid was ready for a break and, ultimately, ended up deciding to call it quits. The last five days of the band were documented by the Bifocal-directed Killing A Camera video. Nearly a year later, Damon, Todd, and Bob emerged with friend Mark Dawursk as a new band -- Hey Mercedes -- while Chris went on to start The Firebird Band and Lucid Records.
In mid-2010 the members of Braid - Chris Broach (guitar/vocals), Bob Nanna (guitar/vocals), Todd Bell (bass), and Damon Atkinson (drums) - became excited about the idea of releasing something for Record Store Day 2011 and decided to set aside time in December to get together and see what would happen.
The success of these recent practice sessions led to Closer to Closed, an energetic four-song EP released by Polyvinyl that featured three new songs from the band as well as a cover of Jeff Hanson's "You Are The Reason." Expanding its trademark sound with new layers and textures, Closer to Closed was a welcome return for Braid that's also made fans excited for what's next for the band beyond the release and upcoming tour.
"We've been feeling re-energized and inspired to create more Braid music for our fans, old and new," Bob Nanna said. "Given the new ways to connect to our fans, not to mention the crop of young amazing bands coming up now, we couldn't just keep quiet and watch. We're excited to be able to release a brand new Braid album in 2013."
Braid will be making the following appearances in August with Owen, TS & The Past Haunts and Aficionado. Tour dates below.
Braid 2012 August 2012 tour dates:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
07 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
12 - Boston, MA - Middle East *
16 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic #
17 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse #
18 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour #
19 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
* = w/ Owen, Aficionado
# = w/ Owen, TS & The Past Haunts
Photo credit: Dale Reince
For the latest tour dates and information, please go to:
Braid Official Website