Riding on the new wave of emo music, Charlotte, North Carolina's Mineral Girls carries the tradition of the genre's complex chord structures and earnest, wailing vocals while still managing to feel new. This is a band that contains lo-fi punk elements, mixed with the darker sides of rock 'n' roll, giving them a Saddle Creek vibe that takes you back to the glory days of Cursive and Bright Eyes. The quartet's sophomore album, "This Is the Last Time Every Time," which came out last October, deals with coping mechanisms, whether healthy or not, and sets itself apart with strange, shifting meters and intensely honest lyrics. Mineral Girls is like an oil painting of a storm, brooding with texture and depth.
Mineral Girls will play with Dollhands, Full Body, and Slumbers on Thursday, May 24, at Vineyard Community Space, 836 South Clinton Avenue. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/vineyardcommunityspace; themineralgirls.bandcamp.com.