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INTERVIEW: MINERAL

You can’t have read this blog without knowing our feelings on Mineral. From naming ‘&Serenading’ as the no.1 emo song of all time to the love letter/tribute to Mineral we published last year we have made it quite clear how much this band means. On the eve of their first ever UK tour, it is a complete honour to share with you a Q&A with Mineral drummer, Gabriel Wiley, we conducted by email.

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Is This Thing On? – Hi. On the eve of your first European tour as a band, how is everything in the Mineral camp?

Gabriel Wiley – Doing well, real excited about playing Europe.

ITTO? – I heard that Mineral reuniting was Jim from Jimmy Eat World’s idea, had you ever discussed reforming before then? When did you first start realising how much people still loved Mineral?

GW – Yes, Jim wanted to put together a show with many of the bands they toured with in the beginning of the band. We were among those asked which caused us to get together and discuss it. Due to many problems the show never happened but we had started practicing and figured we might do a show or two. A nice fella from the windish agency said he’d like to book us some show out east and so he did. Everything has grown from there. After mineral, we were all in other bands and through shows with those bands we would be asked a number of times if and when mineral was getting back together. So we had some idea of the interest yet, it is very enjoyable to see how excited people have been.

ITTO? – Have you talked as a band about why you split up when you did? Was it an amicable split at the time? And was there any awkwardness when you first got back together?

GW – No, we haven’t and it would be counter-productive. I would not call it amicable but no knives were thrown. I don’t remember much awkwardness, at least for my part.

ITTO? – You’ve already completed a lengthy tour in America, how has the reaction been?

GW– It’s been fantastic and a bit humbling. There are times when I can hear the crowd singing louder than Chris’s vocals. The band that opened the US tour, Into It-Over It is awesome and we had a surprise in NYC when Frank Turner opened. That was incredible.

ITTO? – Have you discovered anything new about these songs that you’ve not played together since the last century, some of which you never played live?

GW – No, I know it’s not a very interesting answer, but they seemed to be just as we left them. I would like to say that I had some kind of spirited re-kindling with the songs, but didn’t happen.

ITTO? – I have friends who have seen you numerous times on this tour already and they’ve all commented about how you just keep getting better every show, have you noticed a progression? Are you a better live band now than you’ve ever been?

GW – That is true. Nothing prepares you for tour like touring. I believe we are better now than when we were actually a band. It definitely hurts more now.

ITTO? – In 2012 this blog counted down the top 100 emo songs of all time and ‘&serenading’ was number 1! What’s your favourite Mineral song and has it changed since you’ve reformed?

GW – Favorite is parking lot, and no. We would be a damn fool to change any of it. But &serenading is my wife’s favorite as well.

ITTO? – Do you have anything special planned for your Euro/UK shows? Do you have any idea what to expect over here?

GW – Nothing special, we’ve added a new song, 80-37 to the list (well new to the list but not a new song, as it were). I have been over here with a couple of bands and have a rough idea as far as some cultural differences and the like. (In Germany they like to make you pay to use the toilets!). But as for how people will receive us, I try not to expect or assume how a crowd will react to us.

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ITTO? – There has been a massive resurgence in bands playing this type of music over the last few years and many bands have cited you as a major influence, do you feel part of the current ’emo’ scene? Or do you still identify yourselves as still very much a 90s band?

GW – I feel much more like a 90s rock band, but I can use the word emo in the same sentence as Mineral. As for a current emo scene, I’m not sure I know who that would be. I am 43 and listen mostly to podcasts and music recorded before 1980. I never made music with the intention of influencing anyone, but it is nice that some bands point to us as inspiration.

ITTO? – I see you’re still announcing tours/festival appearances, what else is next for Mineral? Any plans to bring back any post Mineral bands (Gloria Record/Imbroco/Pop Unknown) ?

GW – After this tour, we play a festival in Belgium and Spain in May. After that, maybe nothing, not sure. There is some talk of South America, but difficult to say. I don’t see any of my old bands doing anything, but might talk to the other fellas about their intentions.

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Sorry kids, Dad has some new babies now!

 

ITTO? – And finally. I bought my first Mineral album in 1998 when you had already split, I never dreamed that almost 17 years later I’d get to see you play live. Is there any band you would absolutely love to see reform?

GW – If I could go back to 1977 and see led Zeppelin that would be my wish. But without time travel, ummmm a Seattle band called these arms are snakes, a fantastic Seattle band. Super kick ass. See you at the show.

ITTO? – Thanks so much Gabriel

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THE ‘IS THIS THING ON?’ TOP 100 EMO SONGS OF ALL TIME PART 5 (60-51)

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Previously on the Top 100 emo songs of all time…….

100 – Reggie and the full effect – Thanx for stayin

99 – Roadside Monument – Sunken Anchor

98 – Boilermaker – Slow Down

97 – Hundred reasons – If I could

96 – Jets to Brazil – Chinatown

95 – Coping – F For now

94 – Inside – Ray Brower

93 – Basement – Grayscale

92 – The Jazz June – Viva La speed metal

91 – Everyone Everywhere – I feel fine by Everyone Everywhere

90 – Hunter Gatherer – Low standards for high fives

89 – Football, etc. – Safety

88 – Race Car Riot – Raincheck

87 – Taking Back Sunday – Bike scene

86 – Leiah – Tiglio

85 – Brandtson – Still life

84 – Polar Bear Club – Bottled wind

83 – Starmarket – Losing track

82 – Sunny Day Real Estate – Guitar and video games

81 – Grade – Stolen bikes ride faster

80 – Bob Tilton – September

79 – The Autumn Year – Little lost words

78 – Koufax – Going to happen

77 – Wavelets – Julio won’t get out of the car

76 – The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget

75 – Hot Rod Circuit – At nature’s mercy

74 – The Appleseed Cast – Steps and numbers

73 – Stapleton – International departures

72 – New End Original – Lukewarm

71 – Hundred Hands – A Replay

70 – Knapsack – Cellophane

69 – Elliott – Dionysus Burning

68 – The Lapse – We Must Move Backwards To Progress

67 – Owls – Everyone Is My Friend

66 – Suis La Lune – Quiet, Pull The Strings!

65 – Sunday’s Best – Winter Owned

64 – CSTVT – Hiccups

63 – Vitreous Humor – Sharin’ Stone

62 – Beezewax – Dead End Kids

61 – Death Cab For Cutie – A Movie Script Ending

To read more about these tracks click HERE for numbers 100-91, HERE for no’s 90-81, HERE for no’s 80-71, HERE for no’s 70-61. And for some background as to why I’m doing this list click HERE

60 – Grown Ups – Three Day Weekend

 With the album ‘More Songs’, Grown Ups have made one the more complete albums of the newer wave of emo bands. It’s such a joy to listen to, combining all that’s good about indie math rock with punk energy and raw vocals. ‘Three day weekend’ shows Grown Ups off at their best, all of the above with plenty of heart. A really uplifting experience.

59 – Funeral Diner – We Become Buried

  The band the word ‘EPIC’ was probably created for, dark, progressive, brutal and beautiful all in equal measure. The drumming alone would earn this band a mention in any list going. ‘We become buried’ is just one of many amazing songs on ‘The Underdark’. Another band I wish I had been lucky enough to see play live, you can see a clear influence from Funeral Diner in some of the more exciting bands of today.

58 – Snowing – I Think We’re In Minsk

I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted Cover Art One of the bands responsible for reigniting my love for music, Snowing play messy, loud, in your face indie emo rock. The album ‘I could whatever I wanted if I wanted’ bristles with energy and endless catchy hooks. At the back end of last year the band split up meaning there will be no chance for me to see them live, unless the reunion thing is still trendy in 10 years time. If it is and they do reform I will be there. They tell us on there bandcamp page ‘Fuck your emotional bullshit’, they’re so emo.

57 – Imbroco – You’re My Lionkiller

 Including 2 former members of Mineral, the EP that this song is from ‘Are you my lionkiller?’ was recorded shortly after the completition of the classic Mineral record ‘Endserenading’. Not that you can tell though, Imbroco have a more rock inspired sound that they mix with the gorgeous emo instrumentation you would expect from these guys. ‘You’re my lionkiller’ takes flight at the end into a mash of feedback and distortion. Plus the twinkly bit at the end fooled my kids into thinking the ice crem van was here when I was playng this on my stereo, you should have seen their faces when they discovered they’d been tricked, priceless.

56 – Maritime – Tearing Up The Oxygen

Formed by ex members of the Promise Ring and Dismemberment Plan after the end of the aforementioned bands, it was a relief that we could carry on hearing Davey Von Bohlen’s sweet vocals that came to signify the classic emo sound that I love. Carrying on in the more indie vibe that the Promise Ring had begun to explore but with better results than the ‘Wood/Water’ album. I like that album but I do think ‘We, the vehicles’ is a better realisation of that sound. It’s a record I can revisit time and again, ‘Tearing up the oxygen’ is a brilliant, brilliant song.

55 – Engine Down – The Offer Of Something

 Taken from the incredible debut album ‘Under the pretense of the present tense’, Engine Down knew how to make both beautifully moving and angry emocore. ‘The offer of something’ has a bit of everything, the song goes to unexpected places with the bass lead quiet breakdown, the glorious chorus enhanced with cello to the heavy ending. A must for all emo fans.

54 – Boy’s Life – Sight Unseen

 First heard this song on the fantastic compilation album ‘Don’t forget to breathe’ which was released by Crank! in 1997. It’s one of the only records I own that has a limited edition number on it (mine is 1123 of 5500 if that kind of info floats your boat) and introduced me to a number of cool bands. The version on that comp is live and about half as long as the nearly 9 min marathon of a track that appears on the split with Christie Front Drive. Messy, chaotic and downright awesome.

53 – Benton Falls – All These Things

Fighting Starlight Cover Art Classy, well honed and emotional, ‘All these things’ opens up the album ‘Fighting starlight’ and is a great precursor of what’s to come on the rest of the record. Benton Falls have such a great sound, this song moves effortlessly from the clean to the overdriven parts, sounding equally as good on either part. The music sounds too mature to be a debut album and yet it is!

52 – Further Seems Forever – Madison Prep

 Not many bands can claim to have as many albums as lead vocalists like Further Seems Forever can. At their best on the first album with Chris “dashboard” Carrabba on vocal duties, they compliment each other well because his voice sits really well with the full band behind him. ‘Madison prep’ is a great mid tempo emo rock song with a catchy as hell chorus.

51 – The Casket Lottery – Ever Since Sulfur

 Classic Mid West 90’s emo, Ths Casket Lottery played music how it should be played, loud, fast and with plenty of feeling. ‘Choose bronze’, their first album, is full of amazing songs, ‘Ever since sulfur’ is a great example of how good a band can be. Love the sound, love the vocals, love it all basically.

Thanks again for reading, loving the response so far, both good and bad. Will post the next part soon. Cheers x

UPDATE: To read part 6 (50-41) click HERE

I’ve updated the spotify playlist as best I can, click the link below for that.

Emo 100 (100-51)

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