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Iconic Texas emo band Mineral are reinvigorated on One Day When We Are Young 

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Peter Beste

Earlier this decade, new bands recontextualizing 90s emo and the torrent of 90s emo bands reuniting (even for just a few anniversary tours) provoked a surge of interest, but it has been petering out over the last couple years. This has led to situations such as elder statesmen Giants Chair playing a rare reunion show in late 2017 to a half-filled room at Chop Shop. It's also meant a bit less anticipation around shows by highly influential Texas outfit Mineral than when they first regrouped in 2014. That is, except for where it counts: among their fans and, most important, among the musicians in the band. Mineral broke up in 1997 because they’d had enough—even though they'd already signed a contract with Interscope (for an album they’d never make). Fifteen years later, they were inspired to reunite when Jimmy Eat World's Jim Atkins asked them to play at his band's 20th anniversary. While that show never materialized, it led to Mineral reissuing their two albums, 1997’s The Power of Failing and 1998’s End Serenading. Now the band are back on the road behind their first new material in decades, One Day When We Are Young (Mineral Deposits), a two-song ten-inch packaged with a book that celebrates the group's 25th anniversary. The gushing guitars that open “Aurora” convey the effervescent euphoria that elevated Mineral to near-mythical status after their demise, and as the song continues it reveals where they could go in the future; the placid multitracked vocal melodies that blossom during the bridge move with a patient vigor that suggests Mineral still have untapped creative resources.   v


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