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One line in the article that really leaped out at me, as a veteran of that scene, comes when Tom Mullen, who runs the Washed Up Emo blog, talks about how "random kids would send me their demos . . . and all they did was copy Mineral." The hilarious part of that quote is that copying Mineral (who were themselves pretty blatantly copying Sunny Day Real Estate) was itself a very popular activity among the type of emo bands that the fourth wave is now emulating.
Mineral was in many ways the quintessential midwestern emo group of the time—even though they were from Texas. Although Sunny Day was aesthetically the most important band in that scene, they weren't really present during the peak years of their influence, spending them instead in a state of limbo amid breakups and reunions, both rumored and actual. Mineral was actually present, and they inspired such a vast legion of bands playing in a very similar pretty, quiet-loud, sweeping style that it was basically assumed that any emo show you went to would have one on the bill.
So if anything, this new wave of emo revivalists is even more historically accurate than they may know. And the snake goes on eating its own tail forever.