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This indie rock band wanted to get a message across to those who listen to their music.

Indie bands today want to use their music to get a point across.

Well, that’s what music can be used for.

If your message has social impact, that makes the music really powerful.

Montreal’s indie rock band Braids just wants to take on a feminist approach to their music, and they’re not afraid to do it. They also want to explain what many mistake feminism for. Feminism is not exactly hating on men. Many believe so, but fewer actually go out and do the research on feminism. Braids wanted to point out how feminism actually works and the real definition that should come across. Their music has really grown since their first album.

Go through the post to know their points of view and what feminism actually means.

Nine out of ten bands would probably use an album that nearly won the Polaris Music Prize as the blueprint for all their subsequent recordings. For Montreal’s Braids, however, that honor seemed to be the impetus to become that one other band. After their debut album, Native Speaker, was shortlisted for Polaris, the band went in a completely different direction with their second album,Flourish // Perish. Jettisoning the hypnotically intertwined guitars that navigated Native Speaker’s elaborate dream pop, Braids reinvented their sound by fully embracing a growing interest in electronic music. Flourish // Perish showed such remarkable growth that it was even too advanced for their keyboardist Katie Lee, who left the band before the album’s release. Although Flourish // Perish didn’t quite receive the same adulation as its predecessor, it did allow Braids to naturally progress the way the remaining members—Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith—felt they needed to in order to keeping going.

Noisey: There was a lot drama happening with the recording of Flourish // Perish. How was recording Deep In The Iris different?
Raphaelle Standell-Preston: We wanted to enjoy the process more.
Austin Tufts: There were a couple of big differences we had in mind going into it. Like Raph said, being more conscious of the process, and enjoy every minute of it.

What challenges did you run into with this record?
AT: I think it was a very different experience than anything we’ve ever done, so getting used to that.

So, if you didn’t have an album finished by the end of the process would you have been fine with that?
RSP: Yeah. Idealistically we spoke about that, but who knows because that didn’t happen.


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