Mineral’s Van Broken into in St. Louis

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It’s like every single day, new reports of hardworking bands trying to make a living and bring some tunes to fans getting their stuff stolen has become the norm.

Mineral have become the latest band to suffer from this disgusting theft. The band,w ho had been on hiatus or whatever you want to call it for the past 17 years decided to regroup earlier this yea and go out on tour. Of course, the world is not the same like it was 17 years ago.

According to the band’s Facebook page, their van was broken into in st. Louis. Things taken from their van included their personal electronic, their cash box, merchandise, and much more.

The wost part of it all? The band ha paid in order to park in the well-lit lot where the theft took place in order to treat singer-guitarist, Chris Simpson to some birthday bowling.

The band’s full statement can be read below.

“ALERT: After our show this evening in St Louis at the Firebird we went to celebrate Chris’ birthday by going bowling at Flamingo Bowl. Shortly after 1am our van was broken into and all of our belongings were stolen.

Thousands and thousands of dollars in personal electronics, a cash box with several shows worth of merch sales, clothing, invaluable intellectual property, and many many other items. Our rear cargo hold with most of the gear was thankfully left safe. The van was locked, we specifically paid to park in a well lit lot with an attendant.When we came out 30 min later, attendant was gone, locks popped off, and belongings gone.

Please if anyone in the area has any information email us at mineral@officialmineral.com. There have been many burglaries targeting band vehicles and clubs in the St Louis area, please repost/share and help spread the word so other traveling bands are more aware and alert of their surroundings and decision making.”

And then music fans wonder why artists never come to their towns.

Mineral to Reunite and Tour for 20th Anniversary

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All day yesterday, speculations had begun that Mineral were up to something and today, it was officially confirmed that they would be reuniting to head out on tour in honor of the 20th anniversary of their formation.

The Texas-based band who helped with the formation of the “emo” genre had tongues wagging after launching a new website alongside several social media accounts including a Facebook and an Instagram. On the Instagram account, several cryptic pictures were uploaded of their instruments with no descriptions as to what it meant.

Apparently, it was just the foreshadowing that they needed before the big news of their pending reunion and tour.

In a statement about the band’s reunion, frontman Chris Simpson said: “Reconnecting with each other and this material for the first time in 17 years has been a real joy and pleasure. The shows will be the icing on the cake. We are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to getting to play for all the people who have loved us all along as well as the many who have discovered us posthumously along the way.”

The reunion marks the first time in 17 years that Simpson (guitar/vocals), Jeremy Gomez (bass), Gabriel Wiley (drums) and Scott McCarver (guitar) will come together to perform since their disbandment in 1998. The band only released two albums, 1995’s The Power Of Failing and 1998’s EndSerenading, but judging from how excited fans are about the reunion, those albums meant a lot.

Check out the current tour dates.

MINERAL REUNION TOUR DATES:

09-05 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
09-06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
09-09 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09-10 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
09-11 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09-12 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
11-02 Gainesville, FL – The Fest 13

The tour dates might be just a few, but keep in mind there is a huge gap between the Cleveland stop and their performance at The Fest 13 in Gainesville, so maybe more dates will be revealed.

Mineral is just another band that is on their way to bring the emo revival to the forefront. Earlier this week, we got a new track from Sunny Day Real Estate though it was just a Record Store Day track while American Football also revealed their own plans at reuniting.

Who smells an “Emo Revival Tour” in the near future.