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Texas Is The Reason Live In Philadelphia (2/16/13)

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
Nickel Wound
Something To Forget
There’s No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One
Dressing Cold
Blue Boy
The Day’s Refrain
Back And To The Left

Encore:
A Jack With One Eye

MP3:
Texas Is The Reason – If It’s Here When We Get Back, It’s Ours

This Is Only Fun For Me:
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Lifetime – Hello Bastards

Buy:
Revelation Records

Donovan was rarely injured, then suddenly he was. That’s an incredibly frustrating feeling.

Texas Is The Reason, Gameface Live In NY (10/11/12)

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.

Gameface:

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).

Setlist:
If it’s Here When We Get Back, It’s Ours
The Magic Bullet Theory
Nickel Wound
Johnny On The Spot
New Song
Blue Boy
There’s No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One
Something To Forget
New Song
The Day’s Refrain
Dressing Cold
Back And To The Left

Encore:
Antique
A Jack With One Eye

MP3:
Texas Is The Reason – If It’s Here When We Get Back, It’s Ours

More:
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Thursday – Full Collapse
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down

Buy:
Revelation Records

Thursday – Full Collapse (For fans of Sunny Day Real Estate, Thrice, Taking Back Sunday)


Do you guys remember the early 2000s?  You know, when everyone (at least in NJ) was wearing a trucker cap with their latest vintage tee they found at the Salvation Army and (unfortunately) punk shows were being replaced with this thing called screamo (or as they liked to be called “post hardcore”).  God I hated the whole punk show cancellations to let these bands play, and it made me bitter towards the entire genre for a very long time… in fact I used to believe that it would be less painful to just shove straight shit into your ears.

However even back in my bitter years there were a handful (ok, maybe 3) screamo albums that I did thoroughly enjoy, with Thursday’s Full Collapse being one of them.

First off, one thing that separates Full Collapse from all of the other similar genre albums of the time is Geoff’s lyrics.  Not a single song on Full Collapse is about a relationship, a girl, or any other clichés.  No, Thursday is much darker than that.  Instead Thursday gets political on Autobiography Of A Nation or deals with horrors of child abuse on the song Concealer.

It’s not just the lyrics that are dark.  You’re not going to find many of the poppy melodies that are often found in music by other contemporaries.  Sure, Thursday throws the listener a bone for a second, but then immediately pulls you back into the void.  The music reeks of anger, but not in the obvious hardcore aggression.  Instead, it’s much more subtle, teetering on the border of being pissed and and desperation.

If you’ve always shrugged Thursday off as “one of those screamo bands”, I highly recommend you give Full Collapse a chance.  If this jaded punk fan can dig it, I’m convinced anyone can.

MP3:
Thursday – Autobiography Of A Nation

More:
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
La Dispute – Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between…

Buy:
Amazon

Geoff Rickly Of Thursday Live in Philadelphia 5/9/12

Photo Taken By: Kurt Christensen

I’m not the biggest fan of screamo (and I came a long way… I used to downright hate it), but I’ve always liked Thursday.  Maybe it’s the fact I’m originally from NJ and Bruce Springsteen himself will come around and uppercut you in the balls if you don’t like Thursday, or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve always respected the band for being the first to start the whole screamo thing without singing about broken hearts, hair dye, or whatever the fuck else most sing about.

That being said, I haven’t seen Thursday since 2003, and am pretty much unfamiliar with most of their catalog with the exception of Full Collapse, Waiting, and Jet Black New Year.  After Thursday broke up, I was bummed I wouldn’t get to see them again, but last night Geoff Rickly (singer) played a free show covering Thursday songs at Philly’s own Gunner’s Run (I guess it’s obvious who didn’t want the band to break up).

Unfortunately I was late due to being caught in traffic after a Philadelphia Union game (DOOP DOOP DOOP MOTHERFUCKERS), but I was able to catch most of his set.  Geoff looked nervous up on stage in front of everyone, and I remember reading in an interview that he always got nervous even when the full band did an acoustic version of a song, because if he fucks up, everyone will know.  Of course, everyone will be too busy singing along to care, but when you’re solo with an acoustic guitar, you leave yourself much more exposed.

Armed with his acoustic guitar, Geoff asked people to sing along to the overlapping vocal parts, but asking was unnecessary. The small bar was packed with fans, and people were shouting along to every word of every song.

Usually I’m not big on the whole acoustic performance, but I had a blast and Geoff killed it (and the fact that the show was free definitely helped matters).  Made me incredibly nostalgic for when I used to go see Thursday way back in the day.

Highlights:
Cross Out The Eyes (and I fucking just missed it)
Understanding In A Car Crash
How Long Is The Night
War All The Time

MP3:
Thursday – Jet Black New Year

More Shit You Love:
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
La Dispute – Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between…
Lifetime Live In Philly

Buy:
Thursday’s Albums