There's a flip side, of course, he says, meaning: which of it ends up being special? "Is everything watered down because there's so much stuff? That is a tough question. . . . When I was younger, and starting to get into bands at 15, before the Internet, obviously, I had no trouble finding out about bands, buying Maximumrocknroll, any zine I could, finding out what was happening in the punk scene." He'd be at every all-ages show in town, scouring the merch tables set up by distributors for records. "Sure it's a lot easier now, but it's the same thing."

On their new songs, Nanna says he's conscious of retaining the speed and exuberance of the band from when he himself was young. "Braid is, and always should be, a very energetic, youthful fun band, so despite the fact that we're all getting older and not trying to kiss girls anymore — some of us have kids and a mortgage and real jobs with real responsibilities — I just don't want to lose that sort of energy." ^

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