Braid was an influential emo/post-hardcore band from Illinois that formed in 1993. After forming, the band went through several line-up changes but eventually settled on: Bob Nanna on guitar/vocals, Todd Bell on bass, Chris Broach on guitar/vocals and, Roy Ewing on drums. Roy was replaced in 1997 by Damon Atkinson. In 1999 Braid disbanded and went on to form Hey Mercedes with all band members minus Chris Broach (who went on to form The Firebird Band) and adding Mark Dawsurk. The band reformed for a comprehensive US/Canada tour from June-August 2004 & a brief Japanese tour in August 2004. In 2010 the band decided to get back into the studio with old friend & famous music producer J Robbins to record a new EP titled "Closer To Closed". In support of this release, the band played a memorable show at their old stomping grounds The Metro in Chicago followed by shows in Champaign, IL & Milwaukee, WI. More shows and talks of more music to come from Braid in 2012.