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Braid is one of those bands in which every song truly sounds
completely different from the last. The dynamics, tempo changes, and
vocal harmonies meet both ends of the spectrum in Braid's songs. Also
dynamically changing was the band's lineup. Starting out as a
vocalist/guitarist Bob Nanna's side project, Braid was formed in 1993
in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Bob met early founding members Roy Ewing
(drums), Pete Havranek (guitar), and Jay Ryan (bass) while he was
playing drums for the band Friction. In the beginning, they had a
female vocalist, Kate Ruess, who left the band after the second show.
The band went through quite a lineup change in the beginning,
switching to a new vocalist/guitarist Chris Broach after Pete left,
switching bassists when Jay left the band and they gained Todd Bell.
Braid's first release was a 7-inch record on Enclave Records, and the
first album titled Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 was released
with Divot Records in 1995. The group released several albums before
breaking up in 1999.
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