90’s Emo Frontrunners Texas is the Reason to play Union Transfer on 2/16

New York City’s Texas is the Reason is one of the most influential and trendsetting bands to emerge from the 90’s emo-punk movement. After almost two decades, only one album, multiple breakups and an immense cult fan base, Texas is the Reason will once again be hitting the road for a few tour dates in 2013. The band will be stopping in nine major cities, including Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on February 16th. This tour is in support of their remastered anthology, which includes two never-before-released songs (recorded with Jawbox’s J. Robbins in 1997) that will mark the band’s final goodbye. The complete remastered discography will be released by Revelation Records on February 12th The band will be supported in Philadelphia by the Kingston, Pennsylvania 4-piece Title Fight, who recently released a new album in September of 2012. Title Fight’s new album can be found here. For more information and ticket sales visit the R5 page located here. Below, watch video of Texas is the Reason playing the First Unitarian Church in 1996.


Thinking Machines to release new LP, Extension Chords, on 12/18

It’s been two years since the Philadelphia indie/alternative band Thinking Machines has released new material. In that time, they’ve evolved. The forthcoming Extension Chords, out on CD on December 18th and available digitally now, displays a vast landscape of versatility compared to their earlier releases. The band, now a 4-piece, has refined and developed its sound since 2010’s Work Tapes, which highlighted the band’s musical chemistry, splintering riffs and driving rhythms.

This new LP implements elements of shoegaze and prog-rock, with melodies that sit like a heavy load atop screaming guitar riffs and thick, roaring bass. Helpless, like being trapped in the bottom of a well, yet infinite and soaring, as if rocketing into the outer reaches of space; the entire album creates a thick, interstellar fog that is ever expanding and drifting aimlessly through the sonic abyss. Thinking Machine claims that Extension Chords will be “one of your favorite records of the year,” and they’re probably right. Check it out here, and watch the video for the song “Gozu”  below.