This Thursday will mark Braid’s 600th show at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall and the Chicago/Milwaukee band couldn’t be happier it’s happening on home turf. The band that helped flesh out the post-hardcore/emo music scene’s sister-city heyday plans on playing the songs that won them their first round of fans as well as brand-new material, written on their recently-released EP Closer to Closed.
Milwaukeeans might recognize locals Todd Bell (Hey Mercedes) and Damon Atkinson (Figurehead, Hey Mercedes) and will remember Illinois boys Bob Nanna (Friction, Hey Mercedes) and Chris Broach (Firebird Band) for the various projects that had them playing with everyone from The Get Up Kids to Rye Coalition in the late 90’s and early 00’s, grouping them in with likeminded and spirited bands such as Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz and The Promise Ring. Braid was a band that Alternative Press called one of the ‘Top 10 Emo bands of All-Time’ regarding their most well-known album, 1998’s Frame and Canvas [Polyvinyl Records], packed with memorable songs “The New Nathan Detroits” and “A Dozen Roses” which became instant classics for their singalong qualities, melodic guitars and intricate and energetic percussion.
Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE today at 2 p.m. to hear an interview with Braid’s drummer Damon Atkinson to preview tomorrow night’s show and to catch fans up on what’s new with the old favorites.
Braid plays Turner Hall Ballroom this Thursday, December 22nd. Also playing: the Smoking Popes. 8 p.m. All-ages.