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The Braces

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There are two bands with the name “The Braces.”

1) A punk-ish band from southern California, formed in 2005. Check out their bandcamp to stream all their songs

2) A band from Europe. The ska veterans from the Rhineland are back! Thirteen years after “Prime Cut” and twelve years after “Blue Flame” comes their third album “Ska Got Soul”. Uplifting ska-pop anthems such as “The Designer Song” meet heart-rending ballads in the “Heart Of Sand” mould … .

But first things first. From the mid-eighties up to 1991, The Braces were in demand all over Europe. Together with Skaos and The Busters, they numbered among the first generation of ska bands in Germany. The compilation “Skank – Licensed To Ska” (Link Records/England) from 1988 was the first sign of life of what became known as the third ska wave and went on to become a worldwide hit. “Julie, Julie” by The Braces was acclaimed as one of its highlights. In December 1988, The Braces found themselves on the stage of the 1st International Ska Festival in London, featuring such acts as Prince Buster and Bim Skala Bim. The next morning, they were interviewed on the BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show.
The next two years saw one successful album for the London label Unicorn followed by another for Vielklang/Pork Pie in Berlin, flanked by tours across Europe. Then, The Braces split up. Among other things, because their manager disappeared with the band’s money and contracts.

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