Sunday, June 14, 2015
Edmonton show review
From Exclaim: "If Born Gold were loud and exuberant, Braids were the definition of quiet storm. The trio were tight, and while each member played several instruments, the music was forceful and minimal. Drawing from their latest LP, Deep in the Iris, the songs were built up and quickly torn down only to be established again; the songs were as soaring as they were haunting, thanks to frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston's vocals, and the the rest of the band — Austin Tufts on drums and Taylor Smith on bass and keys — were just as commendable. Tufts was especially impressive during a fierce coda during which he ended up knocking some of his kit over. But the set was Standell-Preston's for the taking, and the performance's core was the passionate, no holds barred performance she threw herself into during the anthemic "Miniskirt." "