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Before Braille

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This band formed in 1999 in Mesa, AZ, when lead singer David Jensen and guitarist Hans Ringger started an acoustic project. Both had attended high school together and then did some traveling before hooking up again. Citing Fugazi and the DIY ethos as major influences, Before Braille slowly began composing songs, adding bass player Brandon Smith, drummer Kelly Reed and guitar virtuoso Rajiv Patel. In the years since 1999, other band members have entered and left the group including Braden McCall (guitar: ‘99-‘01), Dustin Carson (drums: ‘99-01), Brandon Buckmiester (guitar: ‘03-‘06), and Doug Fielding (bass: ‘05-‘06).

In March of 2002, the group released its debut four-song EP. The EP garnered press and college radio play for its emo sound. The band also shared the stage with Jimmy Eat World and The Used, among others. In the fall of 2002, Before Braille released its debut album, The Rumor, on Aezra Records. In the years since, they self released 2 EPs, Cattle Punching on a Jack Rabbitt and the Balance & Timing. They also released a UK version of Balance and Timing on the You and Whose Army label entitled Tired of Not Being Away Fromm Here that included additional songs intended for their next full length to be released in 2006.

That did not happend and, sadly, the band officially split in 2006.

On May 28th, 2006, the band’s website posted the following explanation:

Many people have been asking, but we haven’t known how to respond. Here is out attempt to explain the state of Before Braille…

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