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Braids – New Album “Flourish//Perish” Drops Next Week / Tour Dates

by New Music Michael on August 15 2013

Braids' Flourish//Perish Drops August 20Catching up on some Braids info last couple of days. I already knew their newest album was dropping next Tuesday (Flemish Eye), but what I didn’t know is that keyboardist Katie Lee has left the band, sometime during the recording process by the sounds of it. The band self-produced the release in Montreal, and it looks like the band’s dropped the guitars in favor of even more electronic, though again the latter tidbit is information we already knew.

I’m still not sure what that means for how much I’ll like the new album. The couple tracks I’ve heard have been intriguing, and certainly you can still all the immense talent that goes into the songs, both from a writing standpoint as well as musicianship. But I’m not sure it’ll live up to their debut “Native Speaker”. To be fair, though, I’m not sure anything they could do would live up to N/S for me – that album was so raw, so intense, combined so many elements that I love about music, that it may well have been impossible to repeat.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – sophomore albums are a bitch. Fans and critics alike expect a band to evolve and grow, but at the same time stay true to their original sound, but not sound like an exact repeat of the first album. I’m not sure the laws of physics allow all that.

Anyways, you can bet I’ll be buying the album when it comes out. And you can bet I’ll try my damned best to be at their upcoming show here in Edmonton in mid-September. North American tour dates below.

In the meantime, you can stream the album over at Exclaim! using this link.

Tour Itinerary

Aug 26 – Brooklyn NY at Glasslands
Sep 12 & 13 – Victoria BC for Rifflandia
Sep 14 – Calgary AB at Commonwealth
Sep 15 – Edmonton AB at Pawn Shop
Sep 16 – Saskatoon SK at Amigos
Sep 17 – Winnipeg MB at Union Sound Hall (I think this is their brand new music venue I’ve been hearing about)
Sep 20 – Ottawa ON at Ritual
Sep 21 – Quebec City QC at Le Cercle
Sep 26 – Burlington VT at Signal Kitchen
Sep 27 – Cambridge MA at Middle East Upstairs
Sep 28 – Philadelphia PA at Boot & Saddle
Oct 11 – New Orleans LA at One Eyed Jacks
Oct 12 – Austin TX at Mohawk
Oct 14 – El Paso TX at Lowbrow Palace
Oct 15 – Phoenix AZ at Rhythm Room
Oct 16 – San Diego CA at Casbah
Oct 17 – Los Angeles CA at Bootleg
Oct 18 – San Francisco CA at Rickshaw Stop
Oct 22 – Vancouver BC at Fortune Sound
Oct 23 – Seattle WA at Sunset Tavern
Oct 25 – Halifax NS for Halifax Pop Explosion
Oct 28 – Minneapolis MN at 7th Street Entry
Oct 29 – Chicago IL at Schubas
Oct 30 – Ferndale MI at Loving Touch
Nov 01 – Toronto ON at Blk Box
Nov 02 – Montreal QC at SAT
Nov 03 – New York NY at Bowery Ballroom
Nov 04 – Washington DC at DC9
Nov 06 – Atlanta GA at Drunken Unicorn
Nov 07 – Tallahassee FL at Club Downunder
Nov 08 – Gainesville FL at TBA
Nov 09 – Orlando FL at Social
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