With just a single full-length, an EP, and a couple of singles in their catalog, Texas Is the Reason were living proof that longevity isn't required for a band to make an enduring impression. Letting go of the tough-guy posturing of their previous hardcore bands and turning toward decidedly more melodic and emotional waters, the band formed in 1994 and lasted just three short years, leaving behind precious little to remember them by, perhaps making each selection seem all the more special because of it. Not that their body of work isn't impressive in its own right-- the lone full-length Do You Know Who You Are? is a post-hardcore classic, with huge arena-filling guitars and enough heart and honesty to spare, and it earned them significant attention from major labels. Texas Is the Reason seemed destined to be the proverbial "next big thing," but as it happens all too often, the band crumbled just when things were starting to get really good, largely due to the pressures of the increased attention. The band may be no more, but as always, the music lives on.
Listened to one of their albums A LOT for a week, but sadly this band never caught on with me. Usually, whenever bands become Weekly Nostalgia I'll give them a second chance. These guys will be getting it.