Celebrating 20 years of Braid's Frame & Canvas: exclusive interviews, limited edition merch, and a flash sale!
Celebrating 20 years of Braid's Frame & Canvas: exclusive interviews, limited edition merch, and a flash sale!
Posted 04/06/2018

Tomorrow marks two decades of Braid's seminal album, Frame & Canvas. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of our most celebrated releases we're running a flash sale through Monday, April 9th on Frame & Canvas LPs & CDs, plus a newly available tape. Additionally, the band collaborated on an exclusive t-shirt design that will be a one-time printing. Each shirt will come paired with a special postcard, featuring a scan of Bob Nanna’s original hand-written lyrics. Pre-orders for the limited edition tee last until April 30.


This April Frame & Canvas turns 20 years old. I am both proud and thankful that Braid took a chance on two kids from Danville, Illinois who had a less-than two year old record label and trusted us to put it into the world. Watching this album become a classic over the past twenty years has been inspiring and humbling and I'm doubtful that we'd be here today without it. - Matt Lunsford, Polyvinyl Co-Founder


Learn the story behind the historic record "that put Polyvinyl on the map" via Stereogum's exclusive interview, My Son, Have You Grown: Braid Talk Frame & Canvas 20 Years Later, featuring Ian Cohen in conversation with Chris Broach and Bob Nanna, revisiting the Midwestern emo masterpiece track by track.

Noisey also paid homage in their latest Shape of Punk segment, Braid’s ‘Frame & Canvas’ Was Too Ahead of Its Time for Its Own Good

"Frame & Canvas looked unassuming on its face, but the record showed the most marked evolution of what emo would become just a few years later. Where Braid started out as a louder, more hardcore-fueled band, Frame & Canvas put a premium on hooks, with nearly every song starting with austere, off-time riffs that dovetailed into a full-on sing-along.The sound of Frame & Canvas had become so foundational it was hard to find a band that didn’t have a bit of Braid in them."

Frame & Canvas was released on April 7, 1998. It was recorded by J. Robbins at Inner Ear studios.