Understandably, this current trend of seminal nostalgia acts reforming can honestly be shrouded in a thick veil of skepticism. With what seems like a saturated cash-in of the current emo revival, we’ve seen bands like American Football, Rainer Marie, Braid and Owls reunite and, in some cases, record new material. Sadly the reunion of Mineral was dwarfed by this trend and once again, the Texan quartet was left off of the radar.
Over the course of their short career in the late 90s, the band never seemed to reach the potential and status that they have acquired in recent years thanks to blogs and word of mouth from their contemporaries. As a celebration of 20 years since the formation of the band, the godfathers of emo reunited for one of the most anticipated tours in this scene, hitting up locations that they never thought they would play to.
Opening up the night with ‘Five Eight and Ten’ from the classic record The Power Of Failing, it’s astounding to hear songs that were written almost 20 years ago sound as passionate now as they did back then. It’s within ‘Gloria’ however that we can pinpoint the foundations of emo and pop-punk with infectious power chord melodies, shifting dynamics and emotional delivery all bundled into just under 4 minutes.
One notable feature of tonight however is that, even though people discovered these songs at different times in their life, most of the crowd is sharing the experience witnessing this band live for the first time. The crowds reaction is parted with only a small handful of people passionately screaming lyrics and banging their heads along. The rest however stand back and appreciate, as if they are paying their respects.
At times, the band seem restrained by the size of the stage and banter between songs is minimal leaving awkward pockets of dead air with enough time to order a drink at the bar.
Considering Mineral released EndSerenading after breaking up and never had a chance to tour the record, seeing a packed out room of people with their hands on their hearts passionately welling up to ‘&Serenading’ just defines how inspirational this band is and still continues to be.
Let’s be honest though, Mineral aren’t rock stars. The entire notion of this band being cliché enough to plan an encore is unfounded. Infact, when the band exited the stage, they were met with murmurs of an encore rather than a grandiose explosion of joy.
That being said, upon their return, they somehow managed to shift their set into a higher gear and for some reason, the seamless transition from ‘LoveLetterTypeWriter’ into ‘Palisades’ followed by ‘Parking Lot’ just seemed like a perfect hook line and sinker method of leaving the crowd begging for more.