The emo godfathers in Braid are finally getting the reissue treatment they deserve. Polyvinyl Records has just announced the April 13 reissue of Braid’s first two albums on vinyl. The reissue campaign comes in celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of the release of their 1995 debut, the 26 song Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five, whose song titles each start with a different letter of the alphabet. Braid’s sophomore album, The Age of Octeen, as well as the posthumous two-volume odds-and-sods collection, Movie Music, will also be reissued. All of the releases will be available on black 180-gram vinyl as well as limited edition colored vinyl. The Illinois quartet authored two arguably classic albums in its brief six years of existence. 1996’s The Age of Octeen and 1998’s Frame and Canvas laid much of the groundwork for the phalanx of pop punk upstarts that dominated the better part of the last decade. Respect is due.
It’s a great time to be a member of a defunct 90’s emo band. The genre is enjoying a minor renaissance right now. Sunny Day Real Estate opened the floodgates with reissues of their first two albums, a subsequent tour, and the promise of new material. Jawbox followed suit with a reissue and a rapturous one-off reunion performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Even Jawbreaker is opening up the vaults for a reissue. What seminal, bygone emo act would you like to see one more time? What little known masterpiece deserves a reappraisal?