Last night I headed out to New York City’s Irving Plaza with some friends in order to catch post-hardcore legends Texas Is The Reason reunion show at Revelation Records Anniversary show. Unfortunately I could not catch any of the other nights (Youth Of Today is playing Saturday), but I was stoked to catch TITR.
We got there in time to catch 1990s South Cali band Gameface. I’m not overly familiar with Gameface, but they played a decently enjoyable set with a lot of people in the crowd singing along to each word. They blended elements of punk, emo, and 90s rock… to which I can best describe as the product if Samiam, Farside, Oasis and the Goo Goo Dolls had somehow had sloppy group sex.
An enjoyable set, I headed out of the venue for a bit before coming back to catch Texas Is The Reason.
Texas Is The Reason:
Texas Is The Reason were one of the most influential emo bands of their time. Blending elements of hardcore similar to Lifetime with the slower sounds of bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, they are one of the very few “emo” bands that I love.
The band took the stage to the sounds of “Do You Know Who You Are” and then immediately busted out into one of my personal favorites “It It’s Here When We Get Back, It’s Ours”. The crowd immediately broke out into a short lived frenzy, with people stage diving and two stepping (ok… yours truly was two stepping), to which my friend said was much rowdier than the show the night before.
Texas Is The Reason blasted through the majority of their entire catalog (not too difficult to do when you only have 12 recorded songs from one EP and one LP), and even played two “new” songs… which were probably written back in 1999. Besides the new ones, we were shouting along to every word through the hour long set. “Back And To The Left” had easily the biggest reaction of the night, and the band closed out with “One Eyed Jack.”
Definitely a solid show, it’s a shame their career was so short. While I’m not holding my breath, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d be stoked to see them play again (preferably in Philadelphia).
If it’s Here When We Get Back, It’s Ours
The Magic Bullet Theory
Johnny On The Spot
There’s No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One
Something To Forget
The Day’s Refrain
Back And To The Left
A Jack With One Eye