Even as recently as a year ago, Chris Simpson, singer/guitarist for Mineral, never envisioned the influential '90s emo crew would reunite.
Even as recently as a year ago, Chris Simpson, singer/guitarist for Mineral, never envisioned the influential ’90s emo crew would reunite.
“For a long time we were really distancing ourselves — I know I was — from Mineral and the legacy of it,” said Simpson, who joins his bandmates for a concert at Skully’s Music-Diner on Monday, Sept. 15. “But for whatever reason … [this reunion] felt surprisingly right timing-wise, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at my ability to connect to the material. It has a real openness. When you’re young you may not know much, but you’re pretty wide open.”
Though the band existed for just three years, releasing a pair of albums — The Power of Failing in 1997 and EndSerenading in ’98 — its music has displayed impressive staying power. It’s a trait Simpson attributes to younger fans discovering and connecting with his wordy diatribes, which often depict a twentysomething’s struggle to find footing in a big, sometimes chaotic world.
“But I know I’ve got my life to live/ And roll around on the ground and feel the strife,” he sings atop a deluge of guitars on “Parking Lot.” “And realize along the way that I’m nothing more/ Than a grain of salt in the salt of the earth.”
“I feel like there’s a little bit of an existential crisis to Mineral,” Simpson said. “I’ve always thought of it as [projecting] that suburban disillusionment, where people grow up and don’t really like the options presented to them.”
At the time he penned the songs, Simpson said he would have described himself as “very serious” and “old before [his] time,” adding, “fun felt like a bad word to me when I was younger.”
These days he’s happily married with three children, including 3-year-old twins, and he’s approaching the reunion with a carefree attitude that would have been unthinkable in Mineral’s heyday.
“It feels different for sure. I feel different. We feel different,” Simpson said, noting there are currently no plans to record new material, though all the band members are at least open to the possibility. “I’m less tightly wound now, and there’s definitely a lightness to my life … that was missing then.
“But the connection to [the music] feels similar, and there’s something special about the connection between the four of us … I may have taken for granted at the time. Now I have more of a sense of what was special about it. There’s something powerful about accepting your journey, and all of the parts that have brought you to where you are. And Mineral was a big part of my journey.”
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