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Braid is an American band from Urbana, Illinois that formed in 1993. After forming, the band went through several line-up changes but eventually settled on Bob Nanna on vocals and guitar, Todd Bell on bass, Chris Broach on guitar and vocals and Roy Ewing on drums. Roy was replaced in 1997 by Damon Atkinson. In 1999 Braid disbanded and went on to form Hey Mercedes with all band members minus Chris Broach (who went on to form The Firebird Band) and adding Mark Dawursk. The band reformed for a US tour in 2004 and, now that Hey Mercedes are defunct, apparently intend to tour sporadically. It is not yet known if Braid will be recording any more material. Roy went on to join New Ruins. Braid did a reunion tour in 2004 in the U.S.A., Canada, & Japan. In January 2011, Braid announced they would reform to record a 12" on Polyvinyl. **Note: Braid has recorded and released and EP called <i>Closer to Closed</i> on Polyvinyl Records - On January 25, 2011 the band announced on Punknews.org that they were reuniting to record a new 12-inch for Polyvinyl Records.
On May 4, 2011, the band announced a comeback show at the Metro on August 27, 2011 and at Pygmalion Music Festival on September 24, 2011, part of the Polyvinyl Records fifteenth anniversary celebration.
On June 10, 2011, the band released the first song off of their new EP Closer To Closed titled The Right Time, and gave the entire EP to people who pre-ordered the EP on the Polyvinyl web store.
December 22, 2011 was Braid's 600th show. The event was held at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. As a Toys for Tots benefit show, event-goers who brought a new, unwrapped toy will receive a commemorative poster. Braid shared the night with Smoking Popes and in addition to announcing further touring a new release was announced. Frontman Bob Nanna threatened coyly to a "double" or "triple" album.
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