Texas Is The Reason twice in less than 6 months… am I lucky, or what? Saturday night I got a chance to see Texas Is The Reason again with some friends, only this time I stayed pretty close to home heading out to Philly’s own Union Transfer. I missed Title Fight (confession time: I’m not a huge Title Fight fan although I heard their new album is killer… maybe I’ll give them another listen) but made it with plenty of time to see Texas Is The Reason.
Preparing for a night of melancholy post hardcore, TITR took the stage to a sold out crowd and told us about how they were dedicating the set to a kid who was terminally ill and had tickets to the show but sadly passed away hours beforehand (and if you know him, my thoughts go out to you). They said that his parents informed them that the last song he listened to before he died was “Do You Know Who You Are” and so they opened with the instrumental track.
From there on, the band proceeded to play through most of their incredibly short discography with the majority of us oldsters shouting along every word. While the show never got that rowdy, we definitely lost our shit to songs like “If It’s Here When We Get Back It’s Ours” and “Back And To The Left” (obviously).
The band played tightly, and threw in a new songs (well… they wrote it years ago). I’m not sure if this is the last time I will ever see Texas Is The Reason, but I feel lucky enough to just be able to catch them twice now. Anything other reunion shows are just bonuses at this point.
Setlist (From what I remember and not in order at all):
Do You Know Who You Are?
The Magic Bullet Theory
Johnny On The Spot
If It’s Here When We Get Back, It’s Ours
Something To Forget
There’s No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One
The Day’s Refrain
Back And To The Left
A Jack With One Eye
Donovan was rarely injured, then suddenly he was. That’s an incredibly frustrating feeling.