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Editors’ Notes

In 2011, Braid announced a committed regrouping with the workmanlike EP, Close to Closed, and shortly began work on what would become No Coast. Packing a more poignant punch than the EP, No Coast shows the foursome ready for more years of solid work. Bringing more mature insights and experiences into the music may be part of the recipe for a richer brew; Bob Nanna and Chris Broach’s vocals sound stronger (not older), and the band’s taut, rhythm-shifting constructs seem to have more flavors, more angles than their earlier work. There's still enough of the melodic punk-pop vibe to appeal to both new and old fans of the emo genre, but Braid are weaving in a wide range of textures that make for a more interesting palette. “Ask for the truth/And you get it!” Broach snarls on the roiling “Many Enemies.” Nanna warns, somewhat gently, that he “cannot change/I’m a runaway train” amid the reedy guitars and popping bass lines of “Bang.” The album is full of see-sawing, glinting guitar, thoughtful lyrics, and interesting compositions.

Customer Reviews

Don't call it a comeback!

You can call it a comeback, if you want. This is more of a progression towards something new. The lyrics are as tight and thought out as ever, but the instrumentation sounds fresh and sits well with the music being released today. Whether you loved Braid years ago, or are just now finding out how fantastic they are, you will not regret buying this album.

No Coast Delivers Big Time

Wow what a return from Braid. The first 3 tracks are just awesome. East End Hollows is a gem and it is followed by the song "No Coast" which I can't stop listening to. It might be Braid's best song to date (that includes the songs of Frames and Canvas) I'm just so impressed after my 4th listen through the album. Braid has always been a band that you appreciate a lot more once the songs have grown on you. The last song "Light Crisis" is a great closing song as well. I love the more melody driven rock with Hey Mercedes and this album is a great combination of both. Bob Nanna and the boys made one of the best rock albums in years.

A Great Return!

This is a really great come back album for these guys. If you listened to the last few songs of the “Movie Music Vol. 1” album and thought to yourself “I wished they stuck around long enough to do more of that.” then you won’t be disappointed in this album. This picks up right where they left off by flawlessly mixing Braid's stop/start punk style with the straight melodic pop rock that became the sound of Hey Mercedes. Most of the vocal duties this time around are focused more on Chris Broach rather than Bob Nanna. This is quite refreshing and makes you realize just how essential Broach was to the line up. Personal favorites from this album are “No Coast”, “Damages”, “Many Enemies”, and “This Is Not A Revolution"


Formed: 1993 in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In a search to find others interested in trading videos of live shows, drummer/singer Bob Nanna, of Friction, placed a classified ad in Maximum Rocknroll and met drummer Roy Ewing, of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1993. That fall, Nanna, a freshman at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, started hanging out with Ewing, who played in Lowercase N. Nanna's friend guitarist Pete Havranek, of 42 Loads and Inkadink, wanted to play with someone new, so Ewing volunteered. Nanna became their singer...
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