Or re-braided! The long-defunct (but fondly remembered) Illinois outfit is going to get the vinyl reissue treatment next month as Polyvinyl rolls out the punkers' first two albums Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five and The Age of Octeen(my personal favotire) on wax, on the 15 year anniversary of the former's debut no less. The plan's been in the works for over a year, members Bob Nanna and Todd Bell supervising the recreation of the original art and liner notes. Speaking of which: according to the release, those dudes didn't have enough money left over after the recording of that first record (FWBA5, a double album!) to afford vinyl jackets, so they went to Goodwill stores and bought used ones on which to apply their own artwork. To a guy who has trouble getting dressed in the morning, that level of DIY takes the breath away. See some photos of original vinyl jackets after the boatload of mpfrees and bump below, one of which actually belonged to an old Led Zeppelin platter. Pretty rad, right?
Also, when you have a minute, track down (read: Google) late Braid incarnation, Hey Mercedes. They were great as well, if not as hard-working. Just kidding.
Braid, Hugs From Boys
Braid, Grand Theft Autumn
Braid, I'm Afraid Of Everything
Braid, Movie Clock Star