Braid Announce First New Album in 16 Years

Braid Announce First New Album in 16 Years
A couple of seasons after Illinois emo vets Braid announced they were putting work into their first full-length since the late '90s, the band have now offered up the details on the final product. Dubbed No Coast, the record drops July 8 through Topshelf Records.

As previously reported, this is the quartet's first long-player since 1998's fabled Frame & Canvas, and a press release notes that the upcoming platter features some of "the most technically and lyrically creative songs ever penned" by Braid.

Produced by Will Yip, the 12-song set is said to once again combine the "signature vocals" and complex guitar lines of Chris Broach and Bob Nanna, though the outfit liken the reunion as an extension of their past, not just a rehash.

"I think we feel like we want this to be an introduction to Braid more than a follow-up to previous material," Broach said in a statement of the new material. "We wanted to capture the spirit and dynamic tension that comes from having two guys up front that have a lot to say and a rhythm section that helps shape the songs. We spent a lot of time looking to where we could give each instrument its own space on the record — everything has its place, and it's very deliberate."

While No Coast is the first full-length from the band in 16 years, their 2010 reunion was followed by the Closer to Closed EP in 2011 and a split 7-inch with Pennsylvania's Balance and Composure that was delivered last year. Both songs from the latter ("Lux" and "Many Enemies") reappear on the album.

Though no new tunes have been offered up to stream just yet, you can see the tracklisting, as well as details on a few upcoming concert dates, down below.

No Coast:

1. Bang

2. East End Hollows

3. No Coast

4. Damages!

5. Many Enemies

6. Pre-Evergreen

7. Put Some Wings On That Kid

8. Lux

9. Doing Yourself In

10. Climber New Entry

11. Light Crisis

12. This Is Not A Revolution

Tour dates:

07/08 Lansing, MI - Common Ground Music Festival

07/09 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar

07/10 Cincinnati, OH - South Gate House Revival

07/11 St. Louis, MO - Fubar

07/12 Champaign, IL - Mariposa Music Festival