Category Archives: +++ 90s emo


Kinda forgot about these guys. Initially a side project of emo/punk band The Lawrence Arms. Great songwriting & arrangements. Dig in.





I have their debut full-length (The Power of Failing) cranked on my stereo today. Perfectly-crafted 90s emo is exactly what the doctor ordered, today.

I fucking hate people who write this stuff off to be “too whiny”. You have no idea what real music is, if you think that.

Mineral only made two records, and then they became The Gloria Record, who are nowhere near as good or as powerful as Mineral. I still like both bands.

Lyrically, it needs to be reiterated OVER and OVER again— these songs contain some of the best lyrics ever penned. Period. I’ve included the lyrics to “Parking Lot” and “Gloria” below.

Mineral is the second “emo” band I’ve written about at my blog, the first being Sunny Day Real Estate. Why more emo, if it’s one of the most hated genres in music today? Because it’s fucking brilliant. This is the real shit, not the phony pretty-boy shit of today (which I still admittedly like). This is the real. Bask in this musical brilliance.

I got into a good emo mood after my one guitar student Dan introduced me to two great newer bands last night– Foxing, and The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.  These two bands obviously are influenced by some of the greats– Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football, and Mineral. So I’m rocking out to Mineral, and soon will be rocking out to the bands above (which I will of course write about here, if I haven’t yet).

Start with “Parking Lot”, then move on to “Five, Eight, and Ten”, “Gloria”, and then “Silver”, which is the second-to-last song on The Power of Failing. “Silver” just destroys me in every possible way. Then, if you’d like… stream the full album (last video).

The Power of Failing (entire album):


“Parking Lot” lyrics

I wouldn’t mind if you took me in my sleep tonight
I wouldn’t even put up a fight
I wouldn’t care if you took it all away today
I’m sure I wouldn’t even miss the pain

But I know I’ve got to live my life
And roll around on the ground and feel the strife
And realize along the way that I’m nothing more
Than a grain of salt in the salt of the earth
And everything is grace

So come on with the darkness
Come on with the fear
Cause I’ve got to start somewhere
And it might as well be here

When I’m finally naked and standing in the sunlight
I’ll look back at all of this selfishness and foolish pride
And laugh at myself


“Gloria” lyrics

A brave morning
Thoughts flap their wings and fly
And I can still taste defeat on my lips

Bright tie, fish fly
I have not yet arrived
How can I not admit I need to know you

Cause I just want to be something more than the mud in your eyes
I want to be the clay in your hands

Hey sorrow where are you?
Tomorrow just won’t be the same without you here
I’ll wish for shoulders bold and broad to bear
And strength to hold my head above them

Cause I just want to be something more than the mud in your eyes
I want to be the clay in your hands

Cause Gloria is silent, and glory is a silent thing.

Sunny Day Real Estate

If there is one American band who is completely underrated, it would have to be Seattle’s Sunny Day Real Estate.

These guys basically wrote the book on melodic indie rock… well, now classified as “emo” (but the good stuff, not the crap on the radio). Layered, unique guitar melodies over overdriven chords… very interesting basslines, tight drumming and the purely angelic vocals of Jeremy Enigk.

Sunny Day Real Estate (or SDRE for short) wrote and released four incredible studio records, in order: Diary (1994), the self-titled record (aka “Pink” aka “LP2”, 1995), How It Feels To Be Something On (1998), and The Rising Tide (2000). All four albums are fantastic in their own right, but I really think they nailed it on The Rising Tide. A lot of Sunny Day fans hate that record, but to me, it is a masterpiece. The whole record is perfect, but then you have such timeless, FLAWLESS songs like “The Ocean” and “Tearing In My Heart”…. the latter which has got to be one of the most BEAUTIFUL SONGS EVER WRITTEN. Though I love all of their music, The Rising Tide really speaks to me on a whole different level. I get chills up my spine whenever I listen to ANYTHING by Sunny Real Estate.

Side note: Diary was actually the 5th CD I ever bought in my life (after The Smiths’ self-titled, Dinosaur Jr’s “Bug”., Smashing Pumpkins “Siamese Dream”, and Led Zeppelin II).

As I’m sure you’ve noticed from this blog, I don’t really like to write much about the bands… I like to make the music speak for itself.


the intro “playground” sound effect at the beginning of “Tearing In My Heart” is a little long, around 45 seconds or so… but hang tight, there is magic to be heard!!!