Braids have been taking the time and space necessary for little miracles to occur. Burrowed in their Montreal studio, the band has spent the better part of three years crafting Shadow Offering, their fourth album, due out in April 2020 via their new label home, Secret City. No longer riding the novelty of youth, the band deliberately took time to recommit to themselves and their craft, and channel new energy into their music.

Typically opting for a private and insular creation process, the friendship between them saw the band sharing their songs with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), and naturally resulted in Walla co-producing and engineering Shadow Offering. Pushing the band out of their comfort zone, he at once broke and unified the band’s dynamic, unearthing individual creative energy long buried over the years. With a new sense of confidence, listeners will find Braids at their most personal, unabashedly flexing through their new music.

A luscious and expansive release, Shadow Offering leads us through a sonic tapestry of narrative. With heart-breaking honesty and precision, listeners traverse a nuanced and complicated world: one full of beautiful contradiction. Although the album directs itself at the failures of people to love and be loved, it also seeks to restore justice and attain blissful union. Its arc crests through the dark towards the light and learns how to dance with the dizzying rhythms of the heart. The songs bubble, sustain, dissolve, expand, retract.

Braids, comprised of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith, are a Montreal-based three-piece. Formed in 2007 in Alberta, they have solidified a decade-long reputation for their musical ingenuity and established themselves as one of Canada’s most acclaimed art rock bands, garnering two Polaris Prize shortlists and winning the 2016 Juno for Alternative Album of the Year. With Standell-Preston’s vocals as the pillar of their sound, Braids weave organic and electronic elements together amidst a lyrical landscape that is intimate, explosive, and emotionally-immersive.

Past Shows


Jun
6
th
2020
7th St Entry
Jun
6
th
2020
7th St Entry
postponed

Braids

Sep
26
th
2015
Turf Club
Sep
26
th
2015
Turf Club

Braids

with Tasseomancy
Jun
9
th
2015
Mainroom
Jun
9
th
2015
Mainroom

Purity Ring

with Braids and Born Gold
Jun
9
th
2015
Mainroom
Jun
9
th
2015
Mainroom

Purity Ring

SECOND SHOW ADDED!
with Braids and Born Gold
May
15
th
2014
Fine Line
May
15
th
2014
Fine Line

Wye Oak

with Braids
Oct
28
th
2013
7th St Entry
Oct
28
th
2013
7th St Entry

Hundred Waters and Braids

with Kodak To Graph
Sep
15
th
2011
7th St Entry
Sep
15
th
2011
7th St Entry

Braids

with Painted Palms and Pepper Rabbit
Apr
3
rd
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
3
rd
2011
7th St Entry

Toro Y Moi

with Adventure and Braids
Feb
24
th
2011
7th St Entry
Feb
24
th
2011
7th St Entry

Baths

with Houses and Braids

More Shows

Oct
15
th
Palace Theatre

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

with Leah Senior
May
11
th
7th St Entry

The Garden

May
12
th
Turf Club

Damo Suzuki (of Can 1970-1973)

with ie
Mar
13
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

An Evening with
The Steeldrivers