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Texas Is the Reason - Texas Is the Reason (1995) Retail CD
There was a time, say twelve years ago, when any so-called emo-core record got me going. As far as I was concerned these guys shared my pain and were articulating it for me. Then I got a bit older, and a bit more discerning, and realised that most of it was just as formulaic as the most Minor-Threat-by-numbers rubbish being pumped out at the other end of the hardcore scale. But there are still bands who will always articulate the scream properly, who, without resorting to turbo charged speed or crass soundbite crunching political sloganeering, can still say everything, both personally and politicallymore…, that you want to say yourself, and can set it to carefully put together music which can make you cry. Texas Is The Reason can do this.One of my deepest regrets is that I never saw them live. This is compounded hearing their contribution to the Your Choice live series CD, split with Samiam, wherein it is abundantly clear that, live, they were everything that you wanted them to be. The one studio album, Do You Know Who You Are?, is a beautifully put together piece, with its "spot the JFK link" theme, but doesn't have the raw energy or feeling of spontaneity that the live album exhibits.Which is where this single comes in. Three songs of blistering emotional intensity, it successfully combines what you know they'd be like live with the power and exquisitely tailored stitching of the studio album.This is the only studio recording of TitR which harnesses the energy they were so clearly capable of. "If it's here when we get back it's ours" is the opener, with a repeated guitar riff, a quick drum roll, and into one of the angriest, most intense and most emotional songs the genre has thrown up. "But unfortunately I'm not impressed with anyone or anything...." screams Gerret Klahn, and you know he's not lying.Then comes "Dressing Cold", with its hypnotic rhythm...."at least when you were here I had someone to blame"....and the guitar drops out before coming back with such power you get that feeling in your stomach that says you're panicking about something but you can't remember what.And then comes "Antique", with its jangly guitar intro which could have come from any of those English shoegazing bands of the early nineties (Ride perhaps), before a blast of feedback kicks us into a song delivered with an intensity that those Home Counties kids could never have understood. "I need to be this far away from you to understand that I can do this" he cries. And every muscle in your body tenses, and you understand.And then they split up. I don't know what the band members are doing now, but barely a day goes by when I don't listen to these guys.It really is imperative that people buy this record. If you like Chamberlain, The Promise Ring or Farside you will love these. If you were brought up, as I was, on Dag Nasty, Jones Very, 3, Embrace and early Soul Asylum you will love these. And if all you know is U2, this album puts you in with a chance...
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- Texas Is the Reason - Texas Is the Reason (1995) Retail CD
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