The First Part
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The First Part

San Angelo, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

San Angelo, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Punk


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"The First Part s/t EP"

Self Released (2014)

I stumbled across The First Part through fellow Texas band Gentleman Rogues. As it turns out, both have members who were previously in a band that was active in the mid 90's called Jill. I enjoyed those guys immensely and still go back to their their small, but potent discography all these years later. While The First Part is not as straight up 1990's pop punk as Jill was, they still write supremely catchy songs and I really enjoy this first release of theirs.

This EP is available on two formats, a cassette and a CD single. No vinyl, which is obviously the format of choice for me, but I'd rather have a CD any day of the week over a cassette only release. So, kudos to the band for providing some options. This EP starts out with the songs "Would Be Queen" and "The Catalyst." Both are hook filled, mid tempo rockers that remind me a bit of Hospital Job if I'm going to make a current reference. Really good stuff.

Just when I thought I had The First Part pegged, the third song comes on, "Perfect Hair." To me, this is totally different than the prior two songs. It's heavy on harmonies and has a slight British Invasion feel to it. It immediately makes me think of the Resonars and that is certainly not a bad thing. Things wrap up with "Honor Among Thieves." It's a great closing song with a driving rhythm section, jangling guitar riffs and soaring vocals. A great capper to a very strong debut EP. I hope to hear more from these guys soon. - I Buy Way Too Many Records

"EP Grab Bag Vol. 88"

The First Part - The First Part (2104)

Indie rock/power pop outta San Angelo, Texas. That they've heard a good deal of 90s rock is a near inescapable conclusion, and this places them right into my range of nostalgic listening. They're good rock tunes, from the time when the term "alternative" might have retained some meaning. Yet these dudes are doing it now, and it is never too late to do something well, which these guys certainly have. The track "The Catalyst" stood out as my favorite of the four songs, but I recommend giving the whole EP a good listen. - space rock mountain

"RRP Round-Up #12"

The First Part - "The First Part"
Power pop, part un.

The First Part are a power pop / indie rock band from San Angelo who cite a range of influences that includes Elvis Costello, The Jam, Bob Mould, Superchunk, and The Wedding Present. You can grab their excellently punchy self-titled EP from Bandcamp right now. Or after you've finished reading the rest of this page; I'm cool either way. - Record Rewind Play

"Best August Albums"

#88 on the list. - 1001 Records


The Good - Single, 2018

Tales of Conquest EP, 2015

S/T EP, 2014



Formed in the Spring of 2013 by former JILL and QUIMBY drummer Matthew Johnston, THE FIRST PART serves as a vehicle for Johnston's power-pop sensitive melodies driven by equally hooky guitar riffs.  Joining him are Jimmy Moore on bass and Matt Taylor on drums.  Together they are garnering a buzz with their blazing live sets. In 2014 the band teamed up with engineer Gary Laney (R.E.M.'s Document) to record their debut EP. Released as a CD in the Fall of 2014, and as a cassette in February 2015, their debut effort has received comparisons to Bob Mould, Superchunk, and the Wedding Present.  Last Spring The First Part made a splash at the 35 Denton 2015 Festival, as well as stirring up music week during SXSW at the Whoopsy! Magazine showcase.  TFP returned to the studio in April 2015 to record their new single "Great Escape," which receives regular radio airplay.  After having played with bands like The Toasters, Microwave, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Fea, The Zombies, Drakulas, Broken Gold, Ringo Deathstar, and Gentlemen Rogues, as well as showcasing at the 2017 Spring Pecan Street Festival in Austin, The First Part headed back to the studio to record their new EP.

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