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quartet BRAIDS make beautiful complex music full of emotion that inspires and make you wonder. We have been addicted to their track Lemonade for a while now. Their debut album Native Speaker came out on the 4th April and received great reviews. We had a little chat with keys and vocalist Katie Lee to find out what goes on in their warped and expansive minds.

US: Your sound seems extremely complex, how would you describe it?

KATIE: We don’t necessarily enjoy telling others what to search out for when they listen to our music. Many have described it as being dense with sounds and emotions. We definitely experiment with what we are given. We’ve described the ‘type’ of music we play as ‘textural groove-based aggressive pop’

US: We have been watching your video for Plath Heart, whats that all about?

KATIE: This is our first video. Again, we don’t really want to tell people what to see when they hear our music – to have some sort of set visual piece to our music – this was more of a collaboration between us and the videographer. His perception of our music, out of a series of discussions about what he felt and how we felt on the perception of the piece. In this case, there were many talks on the idea of the womb and the urge to break free.

US: What is the best thing about Braids?

KATIE: Haha. Well the best thing about being in this band is that I basically spend every waking moment with 3 of my best friends. Making music with them and making it a priority to enjoy everything we are doing as a group. I wouldn’t ask for more.

US: Who are your favourite bands at the moment?

KATIE: Long Long Long, Pantha Du Prince (I know, not a band but an amazing musician nonetheless), Baths (again not a band), Gobble Gobble, and Battles.

US: You are coming to London this May, we’re looking forward to your show at the Lexington…whats the plan?

KATIE: The plan is to play Lexington and then CAMP the next day – do a couple more days in the UK, festival here there, before that we will be playing some shows in and around Germany. Pop in to France, say hello to Amsterdam, and maybe hang out with Belgium. But we will also be back in July! Exciting.

BRAIDS play London’s the Lexington on 24th and Camp 25th May. Make sure you are there.