Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: emo indie post-hardcore indie rock seen live rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Along with Sunny Day Real Estate, one of the more popular and copied emo (emotional hardcore) bands to emerge in the early to mid-90s was Braid. Hailing from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, the band originally formed in 1993, when singer/guitarist Bob Nanna (who was a member of another unit, Friction, and was attending the University of Illinois), hooked up with Kate Reuss (vocals), Pete Havranek (guitar), Todd Bell (bass), and Roy Ewing (drums). When Friction broke up soon after however, Nanna was free to focus on Braid, but the road soon became bumpy when both Reuss and Havranek left the band simultaneously. With Chris Broach (vocals/guitar) stepping in to fill the line-up void, Braid was officially born. In 1995, they released their debut Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5, an album comprising 26 songs (one song for each letter of the alphabet). Shortly after the release of 1997’s The Age Of Octeen, Ewing opted to leave the band, and was replaced by Damon Atkinson...

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