Braid's Bob Nanna and Chris Broach discuss how octave chords and unconventional rhythms helped shape their Midwest emo landmark, Frame & Canvas

Bob Nanna (left) and Chris Broach perform onstage with Braid
(Image credit: Shawn Scallen, Chris Baronner)

More than simple emo nostalgia, the looming hum of a bulldozer engine was arguably the biggest influence on the new, 25th anniversary remix and remaster of Braid’s influential 1998 LP, Frame & Canvas

Back in the fall of 2021, album producer J. Robbins received a call from Inner Ear Studios owner Don Zientara with a request to drop by the Arlington, Virginia building where Frame & Canvas – not to mention releases from Fugazi, Foo Fighters, and countless others – had been tracked, to rummage around for mementos before the property was leveled in a few weeks’ time. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.