Posted in music | pictures on October 12, 2012

words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Stephanie Crumley

Texas is The Reason at St. Vitus 10/10/2012
Texas is The Reason

Texas is The Reason took the stage at St. Vitus Wednesday night (10/10) to perform a semi-secret late night mini-set at the end of the Gameface/Descender/Model Home show. The appearance was in addition to their showing at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg with States & Kingdoms earlier that night. Pictures from both shows are below.

Enthusiasm ran high in the lead-off sets by Descender and Model Home, which was quickly followed by the last minute addition of Long Island emo heroes On The Might of Princes. By the time OTMOP took the stage, the dim back room of St. Vitus was crackling with giddy, adolescent energy. Someone shouted, "Is anyone here NOT from Long Island?" a split second before all the lights went out. And as the stage lit up, frontman Jason Rosenthal's strident, melancholic voice pierced into the long-since-past malcontent suburban kid of yesteryear.

For their set, St. Vitus wasn't St. Vitus, but the VFW Hall in Bellmore ten years ago or the rec center in Huntington... whatever deeply personal and nostalgic place that hardcore was born for them. Out of nowhere, strangers draped arms over each other's shoulders, smiled, and sang together with total abandon because they weren't strangers, really -- they shared a collective memory of this band, and that was all that mattered.

That sense of camaraderie carried through Gameface into Texas is the Reason. Though their set was short, the die-hards stuck it out til the end and reaped the reward of an intimate performance -- much smaller than the Music Hall of Williamsburg they played earlier that same evening and the Irving Plaza last night (10/11). Texas rattled through fan favorites like "Back and to the Left" and "A Jack with One Eye," as well as the lesser known but beloved "If It's Here When We Get Back, It's Ours." Even when they finished playing, there was no usual refrain of "That's it?!" Everyone was sated --audience and band included.

Texas is The Reason went on to play Revelation 25 last night and pictures from Irving Plaza are on the way. Until then, check out pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, pictures of Texas is The Reason and Gameface from Saint Vitus, and video of TiTR, Gameface and OTMOP all below.

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Comments (29)

I don't get the appeal. I bought their album as soon as it was released in the mid-90's because I wanted anything and everything on Revelation. This album was weak and disappointing. Fast-forward to 2012, why are people fawning over this crap??

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 12:27 PM

Cool story, 12:27.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 12:32 PM

12:27 - It might have something to do iwth some people liking certain things and other people not liking those things. Mind blowing concept I know, but try to wrap your head around it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 12:34 PM

12:27- Agreed. They are fucking terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 12:53 PM

I saw New End Original once. Is that a cool story?

Posted by Back and to the right | October 12, 2012 12:54 PM

Thanks for the insight, morons. You obviously weren't around then so you haven't the slightest clue WTF I'm trying to say. I knew MANY people who loved Rev Recs, Victory, etc. back then and NOBODY cared for this album! This is nostaligiac hype and it's BS!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 12:56 PM

the coug

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 12:57 PM

12:34 - STFU dude. You're not being diplomatic, you're being obnoxiously pedantic. Can it, fool!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:06 PM

TITR were cool, especially the bass player who was pushing girls off the stage that were trying to dive. I'm guessing he was afraid they were going to steal that really cool shaw he was wearing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:13 PM

I heard one of the TITR guys talking to his gf about having 7.5 inches. Cool story bro.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:31 PM

12:56- Exactly. At least when Quicksand came back around and there was hype they deserved it. They were never really my thing, but I was in the minority. I don't remember anybody who liked Texas is the Reason back then.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:35 PM

Some douche wrote a review of the TITR album that said "this is music I want to play for my children". Too bad you are gonna die alone and childless with views like that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:39 PM

I think that Texas is the Reason song lyrics still hold up today and are relative even in 2012.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:41 PM

Texas Is NOT The Fucking Reason Idiots!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:47 PM

haha, what a bunch of angry little children on this board!

Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:54 PM

"Too bad you are gonna die alone and childless with views like that."

Angry little children, indeed. People here make stuff like this so personal. WAH

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 2:12 PM

angry little children throwing sand in each other's eyes.

bring on the lucy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 2:21 PM

7" slays

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 2:44 PM

lol at the hardcore bros on here

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 3:03 PM

Texas is the Reason's EP is good but the album was a little weak. I remember it being more for emo kids than hardcore kids at the time though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 3:15 PM

LOL at the indie scarves. hummus

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 3:17 PM

States & Kingdoms are the Reason.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 3:52 PM

Garrett's got the 10 1/2!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 9:32 PM

hair metal of the 90's. dumbed down and more lite than crystal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2012 10:48 AM

This review sucks. I hate dramatic show reviews that are written like every band that played was a life-changing event. Sometimes they're just shows and just bands, not "people who were no longer strangers, sharing a collective memory" or whatever poetic bullshit.

Posted by Dave | October 13, 2012 5:03 PM

What's the point of the photo of a camera being held in the air?

"Here's a picture of a camera, being taken by a camera"

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2012 5:04 PM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Veiled Clothing | November 23, 2012 11:29 AM

Theres about maybe 10 interesting metal bands who have been around for a while out 10,000 or so that pop up every 5 mins lately.

Posted by hotspot shield | January 6, 2013 3:44 PM

the green lights are cool.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 10, 2013 1:25 PM

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