I had already planned on not really giving a shit about Texas Is The Reason, due to the sucky quality of almost every post-straightedge outfit at the time. Then one day I unexpectedly walked in on their live set at the Tune Inn in New Haven, and that's how I found out how friggin' awesome Texas Is The Reason were.
It was the summer of '96, I think (or '95), and Texas Is The Reason just decided to show up and go on first, even though it was only around 6 o'clock and everybody was still hanging out in front of the Tune Inn on Center Street. TITR weren't even on the bill, so I'm guessing they wanted a quick tune-up before leaving to go on tour the next day or something. It was still light outside when they started playing, so I rushed inside to see why the show had started so early, not even recognizing who the band on stage was until one of 'em said, "We're Texas Is The Reason."
After that I bought Texas Is The Reason 7"-ers as fast as they came out-- the self-titled debut, and the two splits (with Samuel and The Promise Ring), all of them good-- until the album ("Do You Know Who You Are?") came out, and it sucked. Well, I thought it sucked, at least, with the last line of the review I wrote in Brushback #5 reading, "Texas Is The Reason don't really owe me anything, just let me know if they ever make a good record again." Guess I was wrong about that one, cuz instead of making another record they broke up.
I know it'll sound a bit strange to most people when I say this, but the self-titled Texas Is The Reason EP is one of the best indie rock 7"-ers ever. I don't know exactly how high it rates within my own record collection, but it's definitely up around the top ten, at least. The two rips here are from the vinyl, though I also own the CD version, which is still available from Revelation along with the album. If you don't already own the CD EP then you should fix your mistake as soon as possible.
Texas Is The Reason -
"If It's Here When We Get Back It's Ours"
(these files are now listen-only)