Following the news that lauded nineties emo pioneers Mineral have signed a worldwide deal with Xtra Mile Recordings (excluding North America), you can now preorder their two album compilation Mineral - 1994-1998 The Complete Collection on CD and download. You'll receive the alternate take of 'Parking Lot' as an instant grat bonus for preordering. Do that for a digital copy via iTunes or with Xtra Mile.
Full tracklisting is below.
Mineral – 1994 – 1998 The Complete Collection
The Power of Failing
1. Five.Eight and Ten
5. 80 – 37
6. If I Could
9. Take The Picture Now
10. Parking Lot
1. Sadder Star
2. Five, Eight and Ten (alternate take)
3. Parking Lot (alternate version *)
4. Gloria (alternate take *)
5. If I Could (alternate mix *)
* - previously unreleased
5. For Ivadel
6. Waking To Winter
1. Rubber Legs
4. Love My Way
As well as a 2CD physical release of the compilation, Xtra Mile Recordings will also reissue both The Power of Failing and EndSerenading on coloured heavyweight double 45rpm vinyl. You can preorder those here.
Meanwhile, the band are set to play a few dates in Europe and the UK in the new year following their US tour, which started with four shows in New York last week. Tour dates for Europe below.
European live dates 2015:
31 Milan, IT @ Live Forum
1 Rimini, IT @ Velvet Club
3 Berlin, GER @ Privat Club
4 Cologne, GER @ Gerbaude
5 Amsterdam, NE @ Winston
6 Southampton, UK @ Joiners
7 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
9 Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club
10 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
12 Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
13 London, UK @ The Underworld
Mineral formed in 1994 and disbanded in 1997 just before the release of their second album EndSerenading. Despite a surprisingly small amount of time together, they’ve been cited as inspiration by a host of bands and artists, including Xtra Mile’s very own Frank Turner.
Taking the baton from mid-nineties emo band Sunny Day Real Estate, they crystallised the slow, melodic loud/quiet dynamic that wax sealed the genre, crafting an eternally distinctive and beloved sound. Their debut album The Power of Failing is a passionate paean to spirituality and love, bathed in crescendos of hollered guitar, while posthumous follow-up EndSerenading – finished after the official split of the group - broods and simmers with patience, pain and redemption. Both albums are recognised as essential, packed with trailblazing cuts which have since informed plenty of peers and imitators, while never being bettered.
The band reunited in April this year - 20 years after the original formation – and will play their first dates in 17 years this autumn, starting in New York City.
LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound claimed ‘The Power Of Failing’ as one of the ‘Top 20 Emo Albums in History,’ writing: “The empyreal finger-picking crescendos, the punch-to-the-gut octave note explosions, the not-quite-in-key vocals issuing soft-then-screamed confessions about the shortcomings of self - it's all gorgeously imperfect, from opening notes of ‘5, 8, and 10’ to the harrowing chorus of ‘Parking Lot’”
NPR Music declared: “Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be in my room yelling, ‘Cause I just want to be / Something more than the mud in your eyes / I want to be the clay in your hands.’ You know, for practice.”