Back when Illinois emo kings Braid were at their pre-breakup apex, they never really got their due from the national media. Now that their influence has disseminated so widely and they’ve signed with Topshelf for a reunion album, that’s changed in a big way. “Bang,” the lead single from their new No Coast, debuted at NPR last month, and the title track just emerged at fucking Entertainment Weekly. Everybody wants a piece of these guys! And why not, when they’re kicking out gleaming guitar rock with such a preternatural grasp of melody? Listen at EW.
No Coast is out 7/8 on Topshelf.