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Calgary, Canada (2006 – present)

Braids is an / band from Calgary, Alberta and currently based in Montreal, Quebec. The group formed in 2006, consisting of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Katie Lee, Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith.

Their first album, Native Speaker (2011), has received mostly praise from critics, remarkable for its innovative melodies and Standell-Preston’s “dynamic” vocals.

Keyboardist Katie Lee left the group during the recording of their 2013 album, Flourish // Perish. Raphaelle Standell-Preston is also the vocal half of Blue Hawaii.

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  • SillyKateFace

    WHEN IS THERE MORE? O_O

    14 Oct 7:12pm Reply
  • IG_88

    1,590 scrobbles and counting.

    1 Jul 11:26pm Reply
  • eventseeker_

    In our interview with Raphaelle Standel-Preston, she sheds light on the band’s underlying messages and reacts on unfounded stereotypes. http://blog.eventseeker.com/2011/09/22/braids-raphaelle-standel-preston-interview/

    4 Jun 11:48pm Reply
  • heikkokevatsade

    beautiful music

    29 Mar 9:43am Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    i love them! they seem like awesome people

    20 Jan 2:42am Reply
  • tahbyfet

    Raphaelle won 2013

    7 Jan 3:44pm Reply
  • lipwreck

    refused to give them a chance after they bored me to death at one of their shows. sounded like a complete ripoff of Animal Collective but i finally listened to their new album.. very impressed and sounds nothing like what i heard live.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • johnonymous

    Say what you will, (for what it's worth the album title reminds me of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan which makes me love it instantly), but Victoria and Together are two of the greatest songs released this year. Two of the best Braids songs. This is such a wildly impressive follow-up album, and it completely strays from what made everyone love them on their first album. Ace.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    entrancing

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Reckless_Py

    their debut is so amazing

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • gottalovett07

    I fell asleep at their show. On my feet. It was great.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • futhamucka

    New album is good. I hate the title though. Is it supposed to be two EPs in one?

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Blue Hawaii and Braids sound similar so does this mean they've created a new genre? Joking aside they do sound superficially similar apart from the rhythm & methodology. Either way I like Flourish // Perish. (Damn what an annoying title.)

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rescueafamily

    really love the vocal processing on 'native speaker'

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • METALLICKY

    You guys put up a FANTASTIC performance in San Francisco! Your new songs have got me pumped up for the next album!

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BeatPoet

    Anyone have the Live At CJSW EP from The Neighbourhood Council days? It's just impossible to find.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Lanquide

    It's kinda sad that there is a genre called "art rock".

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Cat_007

    nice and some moment even enigmatic

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ItzyeraldNoise

    I'm in love with this band.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ColFang

    Dat drumming... Even more impressive live !

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
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