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Mineral's 'The Power of Failing' Dragged Alternative Rock in a More Emotionally Vulnerable Direction

A look back at the band's debut album on its 20-year anniversary.
January 30, 2017, 3:24pm

Three songs into their set, Mineral—billed as "The Parking Lot"—took the enraptured crowd at Austin venue Mohawk back to their jarring and raw debut album  The Power of Failing."It's been so long since I've been by myself… And I need this more than you will ever know" blared frontman Chris Simpson, just a few blocks from the site of their final show before breaking up almost two decades prior. It was sort of a last rehearsal before embarking on a world tour starting in 2014 that saw their unprecedented popular demand forcing them to extend for almost a year. There were a hundred or so people there who had waited in line that day to ensure entry, and besides a shared love of emotionally taxing music from the 90s, many of them had something else in common: They never saw Mineral when they were first around. This month marks 20 years since four "pizza boys gone rock" from Austin-via-Houston, Texas released  The Power of Failing on now long-defunct but iconic emo-hit factory Crank! Records. With a raw production and Simpson's over-burdened, emotionally needy vocals, for many, they were the logical next step from Sunny Day Real Estate or Christie Front Drive, both of which had begun laying the groundwork for this new melodic and emotional brand of hardcore some years before. But with Sunny Day Real Estate in constant flux, and Christie Front Drive nearing the end of their run, it left the door open for Mineral to succeed them. Though less "post-hardcore" than the aforementioned contemporaries, sonically, Mineral also embraced the radio alternative of the 90s. Read more on Noisey