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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Braid — No Coast


Thanks to Rdio, I have been able to find a lot of new material from a musical genre that I thought it was death five years ago. Post-punk music first appeared in the late 1980s, reached its peak about a decade later and faded away by the mid-2000s. But, there is still a handful of bands that can make you feel nostalgic. And one of them is Braid.

Braid is an Illinois-quartet who have been performing on-and-off for the last twenty years. When they first disbanded in 1999, half of its members formed the popular early 2000s ’emo’ band Hey Mercedes. They reunited in 2011 and No Coast, released through Topshelf Records on July 8th this year, is their most recent release.

No Coast is a solid ’emo’/post-punk record: You will basically love it or hate it: Not punk enough to derive a cult-following and not pop enough to be radio-friendly. However, if you enjoyed bands like Fugazi or Story of the Year (stirring guitars with melancholic lyrics); Braid with No Coast will definitely bring you some good memories.

Best tracks: “Pre-Evergreen”, “Climber New Entry”, “This Is Not A Revolution”

Listen to the opening track “Bang”

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