Posted in music on September 11, 2006

Texas is the REason

"NYC punk legends TEXAS IS THE REASON are pleased to announce their plans to reunite for one night, November 25th, at New York's famed Irving Plaza. The band, whom abruptly broke up in early 1997 while on tour in Bielefeld, Germany, decided it would be the best way to offer closure on the whole experience — on both a personal level and for their fans. 'Texas Is The Reason did everything in broad strokes,' explains guitarist Norman Brannon, 'so breaking up when we did, quickly and silently, felt like an extension of that. The one thing we all agreed on, even back then, was that our last show should have been in New York City. We've had reunion offers in other states, but we turned them down. This show has been in the back of our minds for a long time."

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"Texas Is The Reason was founded in late 1994 by Brannon, a former Shelter guitarist, and 108 drummer Chris Daly; bassist Scott Winegard and frontman Garrett Klahn rounded out the quartet. After the release of a three-song EP, Texas Is The Reason became an underground smash. A split single with Samuel for the UK-based Simba label quickly followed before the band released their first and only full-length album, Do You Know Who You Are? — named after the last statement JohnLennon allegedly heard before he died. Produced by Jawbox's J. Robbins and released through Revelation Records, Do You Know Who You Are? brought major-label courtship and widespread visibility for Texas Is The Reason, who were being hailed as the 'next big thing' in the growing punk explosion on MTV. After issuing a final split single with The Promise Ring through Jade Tree Records, and on the eve of signing with one of the major labels in 1997, intra-band tensions
arising from these newfound pressures eventually caused the band to split.

Individual members moved towards various different musical projects over the years, with Garrett Klahn forming Solea and Daly co-founding the popular indie outfit Jets to Brazil. Winegard started his own record label imprint, GrapeOS, and played with a band called the Americans, while Brannon went silent until 2001, resurfacing with New End Original, a project featuring former Far frontman Jonah Matranga.

With their past clearly behind them, the original members are excited to play for the right reasons again. 'This is the first time in ten years that we've actually found ourselves living in the same city at the same time,' Brannon says. "But ultimately, we wouldn't be doing this if we didn't think we could do it right. It's that 'broad strokes' thing, really — we're thinking of this as less of a concert and more of a spectacle."

Presale tickets are available between September 22-29 online only via itishappeningagain.com or texasisthereason.org

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Comments (24)

This kicks ass.

Posted by Steve | September 11, 2006 4:12 PM

They are so cute! They are like the next All American Rejects!

Posted by Ashley Olsen | September 11, 2006 4:24 PM

They are so cute! They are like the next All American Rejects!

Posted by Ashley Olsen | September 11, 2006 4:25 PM

They are so cute! They are like the next All American Rejects!

Posted by Ashley Olsen | September 11, 2006 4:25 PM

i liked this band, still sort of do i guess but i'm sort of surprised they're doing this at Irving? can they really fill that room? on Thanksgiving wknd... i guess getting the 25+ yr old kids coming home to NJ for the wknd or something will go...

Posted by really? | September 11, 2006 4:46 PM

heard Ian Love is opening?

Posted by Teddy | September 11, 2006 4:48 PM

holy crap. first lifetime, now this. fuck yeah, reunion shows are all the rage. i can't wait for the rites of spring/embrace double-bill.

Posted by 10:13 | September 11, 2006 4:51 PM

YES ! Rites of Spring would rock..ohh, and this is cool too! :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2006 4:53 PM

talk about unnecessary

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2006 4:54 PM

Ludichrist/ Scatterbrain is getting back together also and they won't get half the press.

Posted by Rinjo Njori | September 11, 2006 5:03 PM

"i can't wait for the rites of spring/embrace double-bill."

you'll be waiting all your life for that one

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2006 5:14 PM

"Punk legends"???!!!!! Are you f'n kidding me? Texas is the Reason is about as punk rock as the Gap.

Posted by Guava | September 11, 2006 5:18 PM

A lot of you obviously missed a great period in Music. This is amazing news and this show is very necessary. Many people have been waiting 10 years for it to happen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2006 6:25 PM

"Texas is the Reason is about as punk rock as the Gap."

They should put this quote on their new site.

Posted by Rinjo Njori | September 11, 2006 6:51 PM

i mean, TITR were decent for the time (as were bands like gameface, the promise ring and jets to brazil) and maybe one show will be alright, but in terms of them coming back permanently and releasing new music. that would be just stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2006 10:07 PM

Let the abuse begin

Posted by fred | September 11, 2006 11:46 PM

Let the abuse begin

Posted by jon | September 11, 2006 11:48 PM

Heard the Stone Roses were opening for them. Or was it the Smiths?

Posted by Tom | September 12, 2006 12:09 AM

"Ludichrist/ Scatterbrain is getting back together also"

What?!?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2006 10:04 AM

Well, you know what I say. Any Texas-related gnus is good gnus.

I've been waiting a long time for gnus like this.

If you don't like them, eff it, just don't go!

Posted by Gary Gnu | September 12, 2006 1:45 PM

"whom broke up"

Posted by Ryan H | September 12, 2006 6:06 PM

the godfathers of emo

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2006 6:26 PM

Hmm, so when is the Minor Threat reunion?

Posted by dave | September 20, 2006 8:55 AM

If your know your indie music history if you follow that kind of thing, Texas is the Reason is one of a couple dozen of bands responsible (if you view that as a good thing or not) for the modern emo scene. Believe it or not, old-school emo-rock was a natural extension off of hardcore and it was very musical and aggressive. Before every god-awful incarnation of commercial music, there are forerunners who trailblazed the original style and did it without pre-tension. Anyways, can't wait for the show, I'm going to be up there in New York.

Posted by wayne | September 20, 2006 2:08 PM

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