Writing about Champaign-Urbana based group Braid is a difficult thing to do since the band single handedly changed the way I looked at music and the sort of music I was interested in. I wrote about the significance of their music in an earlier article for Absolutepunk, which you can read here. Braid was around from roughly 1993-1999 and then reunited for a reunion tour in 2004. The band was notorious for touring heavily and their live shows were always fun, fan-fueled affairs (especially one of their final shows at the Fireside Bowl), as documented by the retrospective DVD Killing A Camera. Braid continuously improved their sound with each album going from the raw but exciting sounds of their debut Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five to the near flawless Frame & Canvas. Judging from newer songs the band recorded shortly before their demise (“Please Drive Faster”, “You’re Lucky To Be Alive”), a fourth full-length from Braid would have been nothing short of amazing. If you were a fan of the band, I suggest listening to their catalog today and listing your memories in the replies.
One of the most incredible bands ever to come together. Eric Grubb's section on them in Post really does their legacy justice.
If anyone is just now looking to get into the band, I personally recommend you start by just picking up their live album Lucky to Be Alive--it's a really great showcase of the chemistry they had and features a killer setlist.
Thanks for posting those videos... I was 16 in '99 and watching them was like a teleportal back to those days. I wasn't a huge Braid fan (mainly because they didn't make it down to FL too often), but the honesty and innocence of that era was something I took for granted, especially compared to what I see now. Sure I'm older, but I'm wonder if it's me who's stayed the same, and it's everything else that has changed around me...