Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. Longtime friends, Braids was formed in 2007 in Calgary, AB. After relocating to Montreal, the band released their critically acclaimed debut Native Speaker in 2011, and its 2013 follow-up Flourish // Perish. Consisting of Raphaelle Standell, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith, Braids are a collaborative whole, emphasizing a collective creative experience.
The Montreal band has added a string of Canadian dates to their World Tour, in support of their Polaris Music Prize short-listed new album ‘Deep In The Iris’.
Braids is very pleased to be adding eight Canadian dates to their ongoing world tour. Since the release of Deep In The Iris at the end April, the band has been on the road non-stop; following a handful of European dates surrounding the album’s release date, the band embarked on a large North American tour, sharing the first leg with fellow Montrealers Purity Ring. At the beginning of July, the Braids performed for the first time in Asia, playing shows in Taiwan, Japan, China, Macao, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. This new string of Canadian dates – including stops in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, and Winnipeg – will be part of a second round of touring in North America.
On July 16 the Short List for the Polaris Music Prize was unveiled, and we are thrilled to brag that Braids was included for their latest album Deep In The Iris. Braids — who were also short-listed in 2011 for their debut album Native Speaker — sit alongside Flemish Eye labelmates Viet Cong and alumni Jennifer Castle, as well as Canadian legend Buffy Sainte-Marie and upstarts Alvvays (whose debut album was produced by our own Chad VanGaalen).
Since its release in April, Deep In The Iris has been racking up some serious critical attention from all corners of the music press. Stereogum called their first single ‘Miniskirt’ “one of the most spine chilling feminist anthems of the new year” and the album has appeared on “Best of 2015 (so far)” lists from the likes Drowned In Sound, CBC, Paste Magazine, Dummy Mag, and more. NPR opined that “Braids is not only more approachable than ever; it’s downright magnetic”, while Pitchfork found it to be “rich with startling little images”. With other similarly glowing reviews in major publications like Noisey, Rolling Stone, NOW Magazine, Exclaim!, Pop Matters, and Quick Before It Melts.
The artwork for Deep In The Iris includes a lavish 12 page colour booklet featuring photos from the year that the band spent working on the album in various scenic locales around North America. Deep In The Iris is out now, available in LP / CD / digital formats wherever fine music can be found.
Hear “Taste”, the second single from Deep In The Iris here.
Braids on Tour:
Fri, Aug 21 :: Arboretum Festival :: Ottawa, ON
Thu, Sep 17 :: Pop Montreal :: Montreal, QC
Tue, Sep 22 :: Lee’s Palace :: Toronto, ON
Thu, Sep 24 :: Subterranean :: Chicago, IL
Fri, Sep 25 :: Pygmalion Festival :: Champaign, IL
Sat, Sep 26 :: Turf Club :: Saint Paul, MN
Sun, Sep 27 :: The Good Will Club :: Winnipeg, MB
Tue, Sep 29 :: Commonwealth :: Calgary, AB
Wed, Sep 30 :: Denizen Hall :: Edmonton, AB
Fri, Oct 2 :: The Cobalt :: Vancouver, BC
Sat, Oct 3 :: Lo Fi :: Seattle, WA
Sun, Oct 4 :: Bunk Bar :: Portland, OR
Tue, Oct 6 :: Bottom of the Hill :: San Francisco, CA
Thu, Oct 8 :: Soda Bar :: San Diego, CA
Fri, Oct 9 :: Valley Bar :: Phoenix, AZ
Mon, Oct 12 :: Club Dada :: Dallas, TX
Tue, Oct 13 :: The Mohawk :: Austin, TX
Fri, Oct 16 :: 529 :: Atlanta, GA
Sat, Oct 17 :: Kings :: Raleigh, NC
Mon, Oct 19 :: DC9 :: Washington, DC
Tue, Oct 20 :: Boot & Saddle :: Philadelphia, PA
Wed, Oct 21 :: Great Scott :: Boston, MA
Thu, Oct 22 :: Baby’s All Right :: Brooklyn, NY