Band To Watch - Braids

A couple of years ago we wrote about a young Calgary band, the Neighborhood Council. They had a single self-released EP. The band’s still pretty young, but have since moved to Montreal, changed their name to Braids (no, not Braid, emo boy), and are set to release a full-length, Native Speaker. With the name change has come a shift in angle, too:  Last time through we mentioned “an early Pacific Northewest sound, like what you might expect from the Softies, only on a more shoe-gaze tip with gentler dueling Excuse 17-style harmonies.” This time it’s Velocity Girl who keep surfacing amid the piano, guitars, extended pulsations, and ambient breaks and builds. They’re still not afraid to let things flow — a couple of the album’s seven tracks are above eight minutes, two are above five, and none dip below four and a half. See, for instance, opener “Lemonade.” It’s like a baroque “Crazy Town.”

Native Speaker is tentatively out 5/25 in Canada and Fall 2010 in the U.S. There’s no label just yet. For now, hear more at MySpace. Before too long they’re on the road:

05/21 – Montreal, QC @ Le Savoy #
05/22 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bear’s Place %
05/27 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/29 – Toronto, ON @ The Piston (PItter Patter)
05/30 – London, ON @ Forest City Gallery
05/31 – Guelph, ON @ Ed Video
06/01 – Sudbury, ON @ Millard’s Garage
06/03 – Winnipeg, MB @ Freud’s Bathhouse
06/04 – Regina, SK @ O’Hanlons Pub
06/05 – Edmonton, AB @ Castle Awesome $
06/06 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Room $
06/08 – Medicine Hat, AB @ TBA $
06/09 – Lethbridge, AB @  TBA $
06/10 – Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel $
06/11 – Vancouver, BC @  Warehouse $
06/12 – Victoria, BC @ The Fifty Fifty $
06/13 – Victoria, BC @ Fan Club Music House Driveway $
06/14 – Kelowna, BC @ Blue Gator $
06/15 – Nelson, BC @ TBA $
06/18 – High Prairie, AB @ North Country Fair $
06/30-07/02 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island

# w/ Holly Miranda
% w/ Holly Miranda, Grooms
w/ Gobble Gobble

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Comments (13)
  1. The Neighborhood Council is a much better name. Decent song: 6 out of 10 boners.

  2. fucking finally getting some recognition, this is only the best bands ever. watch this video for the track posted here, it’s too good: http://liveweb.arte.tv/fr/video/Views_of_Montreal___Braids/

  3. Chock-full of femininity… a little uncomfortable, but it still works.

  4. Are Braids trying to pay homage to Braid?

  5. Vocals kind of remind me of Pretty Girls Make Graves. WOAH – who?

  6. Nice! I’m loving this song. Cant wait for the album!

  7. was so excited when i thought this said “BRAID”

    but still like it, lots going on in this song.

  8. This is really good! look forward to more from them

  9. Beautiful! Really special.

  10. Lyrics!!!! Where are the lyrics to this song???

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