Braid: No Coast
(Top Shelf, 7/8/14)
Midwestern emo outfit Braid made its impact in the late ’90s with aggressive testaments to heartbreak and youth, most notably with its final studio album, Frame and Canvas. And though many fans are dedicated to that celebrated swan song, the reunited group’s first LP in 16 years, No Coast, reveals a group coming back into its own in a new way.
The band doesn’t try to replicate past successes, instead revealing new strengths of its style. Guitarist-vocalists Bob Nanna and Chris Broach sing confidently about current struggles, such as forgetting past desires and growing into being role models. Without getting mathy, the guitar interplay adds urgency and excitement, relaying that rediscovery is more rewarding than harping on the past.