Braids

BRAIDS’ was formed by four best friends in their last year of High School in Calgary, Alberta. Convincing one another to skip university, they stayed in the garage all year and practiced obsessively, even while their fingers froze during the cold prairie winters. Then, at only 18 years old, they took the bold step of moving across the country together to Montreal, where they began crafting their self recorded/self produced debut album Native Speaker.

Oscillating between density and spaciousness, BRAIDS’ sound is not easy to define. The members construct music which is ample and rolling, perhaps alluding to the landscapes of their youth, but filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, an influence of their more recent surroundings. Delicate layering gives their experimental pop epics just enough breath to playfully explore the depth of ambient melody. Though BRAIDS dives into moments of deep obscurity and sonic experimentation, there remains embedded within the music the hypnosis of an unforgettable pop tune.

Debut, Native Speaker, is the accumulation of months of meticulous craft-work to properly capture the band’s entrancing live performance. The albums’ songs were tested and shaped through numerous performances and lyrical massages, resulting in work that is brilliant in detail and structure. Averaging over 6 minutes and never coming in under 4, the tracks on Native Speaker maintain a deep seeded focus.

TOUR DATES
  • Apr 22, 2020
    City Centre, United Kingdom
    The Cookie
  • Apr 23, 2020
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Boileroom
  • Apr 24, 2020
    London, United Kingdom
    Moth Club
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    Ramsgate Music Hall
  • Apr 27, 2020
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Yes
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    PHASE ONE - Liverpool
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Centre for Contemporary Arts
  • May 1, 2020
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Headrow House
  • May 2, 2020
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Clwb Ifor Bach
  • May 3, 2020
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Exchange
  • May 4, 2020
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Portland Arms
  • May 6, 2020
    Bruxelles, Belgium
    Beursschouwburg
  • May 7, 2020
    Berlin, Germany
    Musik & Frieden
  • May 8, 2020
    Schorndorf, Germany
    Club Manufaktur
  • May 9, 2020
    Winterthur, Switzerland
    Albani Music Club
  • May 11, 2020
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Vessel 11
  • May 12, 2020
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Paradiso
  • May 13, 2020
    Paris, France
    Le Pop-Up du Label
  • May 14, 2020
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    Horatio's - The Great Escape
  • Jun 3, 2020
    Detroit, United States
    Marble Bar
  • Jun 4, 2020
    Chicago, United States
    Empty Bottle
  • Jun 6, 2020
    Minneapolis, United States
    7th Street Entry
  • Jun 12, 2020
    Portland, United States
    Mississippi Studios
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Vancouver, Canada
    Biltmore Cabaret
  • Jun 14, 2020
    Seattle, United States
    Barboza
  • Jun 16, 2020
    San Francisco, United States
    Cafe Du Nord
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Los Angeles, United States
    Zebulon
  • Jun 19, 2020
    San Diego, United States
    Soda Bar
  • Jun 20, 2020
    Phoenix, United States
    Valley Bar
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Austin, United States
    Barracuda
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Dallas, United States
    Ruins
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Columbus, United States
    Rumba Cafe
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Washington, United States
    DC9
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Philadelphia, United States
    Boot & Saddle
  • Jul 2, 2020
    Brooklyn, United States
    Rough Trade NYC
  • Jul 3, 2020
    Allston, United States
    Great Scott
  • Jul 4, 2020
    Montreal, Canada
    La Sala Rossa
  • Jul 9, 2020
    Toronto, Canada
    Paradise
  • Nov 12, 2020
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    The Portland Arms
  • Nov 14, 2020
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Boileroom
  • Nov 15, 2020
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    CCA
  • Nov 17, 2020
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    PHASE ONE - Liverpool
  • Nov 18, 2020
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Yes
  • Nov 19, 2020
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Headrow House
  • Nov 21, 2020
    City Centre, United Kingdom
    The Cookie
  • Nov 24, 2020
    London, United Kingdom
    Moth Club
  • Nov 25, 2020
    Paris, France
    Le Pop-Up du Label
  • Dec 2, 2020
    Schorndorf, Germany
    Club Manufaktur e. V.
VIDEOS

Braids - Plath Heart (Official Music video)

BRAIDS - Lammicken

CAKE-SHOP - CMJ 2010 - BRAIDS

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