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POZ Interview: Bob Nanna, Mark Rose

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 8, 2014

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PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with Bob Nanna (Braid) and Mark Rose (Spitalfield) at SXSW a few weeks ago. We chatted with Bob and Mark about their SXSW experiences, growing Downwrite, podcasting, future music, and a ton more. Check out the interview below!

by Jesse Richman

POZ: So how are you guys doing?
Both: Doin’ great!
 
POZ: So let’s start with Bob. You just got offstage at the BrooklynVegan day party [at SXSW]. How do you feel like your set went?
BN: I feel like it went really well. It’s always weird, you know, when it’s just one person. In this case, I had Lauren, my fiancee, come up and sing a few songs with me. Either way, it’s quiet, it’s a fest, there’s music everywhere, but I think it went well. There were enough people up front where everyone could hear if they wanted to hear.
 
POZ: Cool. You have been playing quite the South By schedule this year. You’ve been doing a lot of shows! What was the decision behind that?
BN: There really is no decision. When we decided to come to SXSW — and this is the same as when Braid came, I actually played some solo shows and with Lauren as well (as Jack And Ace) — you just try and play as much as possible. Because that’s what you’re here for, to play music in front of people. At least for folks like Mark and myself. So when we decided to come down I just started getting on the phone with people, I was like “can I play your showcase? Can I get on your show?” So I played the Topshelf one and the Count Your Lucky Stars one and the BrooklynVegan one. I try and play as much as possible. And then we did our own showcase as well.
 
POZ: One thing I was going to say is, you had a decent crowd in there at the BrooklynVegan showcase but it was definitely smaller than the crowd up at the Topshelf showcase I was at. That was the one you didn’t end up getting to play at [the show was shut down by police before his set]. I guess I’m just wondering, you know, “emo revival” is all the talk right now, and yet for all the talk that Pitchfork and these other sites are covering it, and how it’s now “cool” again, it seems like maybe there’s still a divide here.
BN: Well, a little bit, but it’s not… there aren’t even playing fields. The line to get in here is stupid. I had friends texting me beforehand like “can you get me in” and no, I tried, but it’s at capacity, they won’t let anybody in. I actually had to sneak someone in the side. So the playing fields aren’t level. Tonight, at Count Your Lucky Stars, it will be like anyone who wants to come should be able to get in. But here, if you’re not waiting in line to see the Hold Steady or something, or if you just want to catch my set and leave, it’s impossible.
 
POZ: So one of the sets you played while you were down here was the Downwrite showcase that you and Mark put together. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about the decision to put that together and to bring it down to South By?
MR: It was fairly last-minute. We knew that we wanted to be down here — we were going to come down no matter what, just to meet up with friends and guys in bands and songwriters that we know, talk to management, PR people, about Downwrite. But kind of last minute, a buddy from Chicago who’s in on the [Blind Pig] Rooftop on 6th let us know that they had a slot available. So we talked to Josh Berwanger from The Anniversary, who’s on the site, and Steve Soboslai from Punchline, and we were like, “you know what, lets do a two hour block, the four of us will play, and we’ll have something official to at least advertise.” It was cool, it was fun. It was early afternoon Thursday, beautiful weather, open rooftop show, and it felt good because while we’re up there playing — I played, Bob played, Steve and Josh — it really wasn’t competing with a lot of the noise on 6th St. I feel like a couple hours later and it would have been impossible to hear us. It was cool. I’m happy to be down here repping what we’re doing in general, but the showcase in particular was cool because people were coming in specifically to hear what we’re talking about and what we’re trying to do.
BN: And for the free beer!
MR: That’s a big bonus.

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Braid Winter Studio Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 3, 2014

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Braid have posted a studio session rom December 2013 and January 2014 from their time with Will Yip. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Braid’s New Album Is Complete

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 24, 2014

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Braid have finished recording, mixing, and mastering their new album for a release on Topshelf Records this year. Check out an update from the band below after the jump.

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Braid “Forever Got Shorter” Fest 12 Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 9, 2014

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AltPress has debuted a video of Braid performing “Forever Got Shorter” at Fest 12 last fall. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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POZ Exclusive: Braid - Will Yip, 20 Years, 20% Off

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2013

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Braid's first ever show, and the band just happens to be in the studio recording a new album that's set to come out on Topshelf Records in spring of 2014. Just in case you didn't know, PropertyOfZack is happy to confirm that the band is recording the new album with producer Will Yip (Circa Survive, Title Fight, Balance & Composure) and tracking is going great so far. 

On top of that, Braid are also offering a 20% off on their merch store to celebrate 20 years since their first show. Check out the store details below, a flyer from the band’s first show 20 years ago, and studio pictures below after the jump. 

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Braid To Begin Recording New Album This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 3, 2013

Braid will begin recording their new album on Friday for their debut on Topshelf Records. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Braid Sign To Topshelf Records; LP Coming In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2013

Braid have signed to Topshelf Records for a new full-length that will be released in 2014. Check out a statement from the label below after the jump.

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Braid Full ‘Frame & Canvas’ Show Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 30, 2013

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Braid are g Frame & Canvas in full. Watch a full set stream below after the jump.

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Braid Drummer To Miss UK Tour; ex-MCS Member Filling In

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2013

Damon from Braid cannot make it out to the band’s upcoming UK tour, so Tony Thaxton, formerly of Motion City Soundtrack, will be filling in. Check out a message from the band below after the jump. 

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Braid ‘Frame And Canvas’ UK Tour Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - May 9, 2013

Braid have extended their Frame And Canvas UK tour dates. Check out the routing below after the jump.

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POZ RSD Preview: Our Must Have Vinyl Grabs

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 16, 2013

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Record Store Day arrives on this Saturday, April 20th. And though our wallets may not be ready, our hearts certainly are. There are a great amount of releases coming out this year for the music holiday (around 400), and we wanted to start a Discussion/Preview on the records that PropertyOfZack members are looking forward to most. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your most anticipated Record Store Day releases!

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Manchester Orchestra | Frightened Rabbit / Manchester Orchestra | Grouplove - Split
To say we were excited when Andy Hull tipped us off about this release a few months back would be an understatement. A split featuring Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, and Grouplove? Well that’d be some serious shit right there. Wait. A split that features collaborative songs from MO/Frightened Rabbit and MO/Grouplove? Now that’s something else all together. This is going to be a true collector’s piece for Manchester, Frabbit, and Grouplove fans alike. Plus, we’ve heard the songs. They’re great. - Zack Zarrillo

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New Found Glory - Mania 12”
When the pop-punk mainstays recorded a cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” as a bonus track for 2011’s Radiosurgery, most fans wrote it off as a fun one-off of a classic punk anthem. We were wrong. Jordan Pundik and crew went throwback for this year’s Record Store Day, releasing a limited edition 12” Ramones cover EP called Mania. If you ever wanted to jam to a more poppy, less punk-y “The KKK Took My Baby Away” or “Rockaway Beach,” now’s your chance. The EP quashes all worry of a rumored NFG hiatus, and will be a fun little stopgap between Radiosurgery and whatever new tunes come next. - Erik van Rheenen

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Their/They’re/There - Their/They’re/There 12”
Grammar nerds and fans of twinkly guitars, pensive lyrics, and prog-rockish melodies, rejoice. Evan Weiss, Matthew Frank, and Mike Kinsella’s super-group is finally releasing its self-titled debut EP for Record Store Day. Coming out on Polyvinyl Records, if the two songs we’ve had the chance to hear (poppy-progressive hybrid “Concession Speech Writer” and riff-heavy, tongue-in-cheek named “Their/They’re/Therapy”) are any indication, this is a true-blue Kinsella sort of record. This might be the most talented trio to form a super-group be all the tunes we get from these guys. - Erik van Rheenen

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Now, Now - Neighbors Deluxe LP
Now, Now (then Every Children) stirred up initial interest with its debut release, Cars. Fans waited and waited for their follow-up, which came in the form of a shortened moniker and a digital partnership with No Sleep Records. It was an EP called Neighbors. The EP will finally be seeing physical treatment on Record Store Day this year with special die-cut artwork and the Neighbors remixes as an added perk — not that fans needed one. This was an excellent release that showed the band’s full potential, and it’s a RSD exclusive that every Now, Now fan needs to try to hunt down. - Zack Zarrillo

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Braid Announce ‘Frame And Canvas’ UK Show

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 8, 2013

Braid will be heading to the UK in July to play Frame And Canvas in full. Check out the date below by clicking “Read More.”

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Braid ‘Frame & Canvas’ 15 Year Anniversary RSD Release

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 1, 2013

Braid will be releasing a limited 15 year anniversary Frame & Canvas LP on Record Store Day. Check out details below by clicking “Read More.”

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Friday Discussion: March Sadness Scouting Report

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 1, 2013

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We launched March Sadness on Monday and it’s been incredible to see how well the POZ alternative to March Madness has been going so far. Voting for the vote-in round will end on Sunday night before the Sad 16 begins, which is why we thought it’d be a great idea to release a “stat sheet” on all 20 bands selected with information on their careers and why they were picked for March Sadness. Vote here until Sunday night and make sure to check out stats on each band while reblogging with your comments below!

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Braid
Lifespan:
 1993-1999, 2004, 2011-present
Members: Bob Nanna, Todd Bell, Chris Broach, Damon Atkinson 
Albums: Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five, The Age Of Octeen, Frame And Canvas, Movie Music, Vol. 1 + 2, Lucky To Be Alive
Labels: Divot Records, Mud Records Polyvinyl Records, Glue Factory Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Braid may have not reached levels of success like The Get Up Kids or Jimmy Eat World, but the band left its mark on emo and indie-rock with its early releases, and most certainly Frame And Canvas. (ZZ)

See: Killing A Camera off Frame And Canvas

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The Get Up Kids
Lifespan:
 1995-2005, 2008-present
Members: Matt Pryor, Jim Suptic, Rob Pope, Ryan Pope, James Dewees 
Albums: Four Minute Miles, Something To Write Home About, On A Wire, Guilt Show, There Are Rules
Labels: Doghouse Records, Vagrant Records, Quality Hill Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Major players in the mid-1990s emo-takeover, these blue collar Kansas City natives took the punk approach to their association with the genre. Not only did they publically denounce the idea, they also detested it. Hell, Jim Suptic even went on the record to apologize for an contribution the band might have had in influencing the bands that would follow in their foot steps. However, there is no denying the thumbprint that the band left on the emo world. They helped put Vagrant Record on the map and fueled a sound that spread the nation like wildfire. They may not have intended to light the torch, but they certainly threw gasoline on the flame. (JH)  

See: Holiday from Something to Write Home About

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Jimmy Eat World
Lifespan:
 1993-present
Members: Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Zach Lind (guitars), Rick Burch
Albums: Static Prevails, Clarity, Bleed American, Futures, Chase This Light, Invented 
Labels: Capitol Records, Dreamworks, Interscope Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
With a sound embedded in raw and vunerable lyrics and hook as infectious as they come, Jimmy Eat World strikes hard as the most approachable and embraced band on this list. With Bleed American (i.e. self-titled) snagging airplay in ever major market (and many smaller markets) the band took over the world and broken the hearts of everyone in their way. With well over 2 million album sales, they without question took emo to the bigger stage and larger scale. (JH)

See: Hear You Me from Bleed American

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The Promise Ring
Lifespan: 1995-2002, 2005, 2011-2012
Members: Davey von Bohlen, Jason Gnewikow , cott Beschta, Dan Didler
Albums: 30˚ Everywhere, Nothing Feels Good, Very Emergency, wood/water
Labels: Jade Tree Records, ANTI- Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Nothing Feels Good proved to be one of those records that helped define many of the bands around The Promise Ring, and helped put Jade Tree Records on the map for the label itself and the emo and hardcore bands that filled its roster. (ZZ)

See: Is This Thing On? from Nothing Feels Good

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Sunny Day Real Estate
Lifespan: 1992-1995, 1997-2001, 2009
Members: Jeremy Enigk, Nate Mendel, William Goldsmith, Dan Hoerner
Albums: Diary, Sunny Day Real Estate, How It Feels To Be Something On, The Rising Tide
Labels: Sub Pop Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Diary to many is as important as Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity. Though there are so many emo bands not featured on March Sadness, Sunny Day Real Estate is one that could not be skipped over.  (ZZ)

See: Seven from Diary

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Brand New
Lifespan: 2000-present
Members: Jesse Lacey, Vinnie Accardi, Garret Tierney, Brian Lane
Albums: Your Favorite Weapon, Deja Entendu, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, Daisy
Labels: Triple Crown Records, Razor & Tie Records, Interscope Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Deja Entendu translates as “already heard,” which is a little ironic (don’tcha think?) since most of us got totally floored by the maturity and originality behind the powerhouse record. Sure, Your Favorite Weapon, John-Nolan beef song and all, might be more snotty and angst-driven, but Deja Entendu quantum leaped Brand New up the emo scale. Poised, poetic, and brilliantly subtle, Deja Entendu set the gold standard for emo-injected alternative rock for much of the 2000s, at least until Brand New topped themselves in sadness and quality on The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. (EV)

See: Me vs. Maradona. vs. Elvis from Deja Entendu 

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