By the time they were ready to track their third album, Frame & Canvas, in late 1997, Braid (Bob Nanna, Todd Bell, Chris Broach, Damon Atkinson) had become an unstoppable machine. The band hit the ground running upon forming four years earlier with original drummer Roy Ewing, churning out new material as fast as it could be put to tape and sharpening their performance chemistry with constant, nearly compulsive touring. Despite Frame & Canvas’ success, Braid disbanded in 1999. Nanna, Bell, and Atkinson went on to form Hey Mercedes, while Broach would dedicate more time to The Firebird Band which was previously a side project. The band reunited shortly from June to August 2004, before disbanding again. In 2011, Braid reunited permanently, playing their 600th show and have continued to release new music since 2014.