Mineral was a short-lived emo band hailing from Houston, Texas. The band formed in 1994 with a lineup of Christopher Simpson on vocals and guitar, Scott Davod McCarver on guitar, Jeremy Gomez on bass guitar, and Gabriel Wiley on the drums. After three years of touring and recording, the foursome released their debut album, The Power of Failing
, in 1997 on the label Crank! Records, to critical acclaim. The success of the album attracted the attention of Interscope Records (the label of bands such as blink-182
and Jimmy Eat World
), who offered to sign them once their contract with Crank! expired. However, in 1998, the quartet had decided to break up after the release of their sophomore effort, EndSerenading
, citing tensions within the band that became untenable. Simpson and Gomez went on to form The Gloria Record, whilst McCarver and Wiley went on to Imbroco.
Although their output is very small, Mineral is one of the most revered bands of the "second wave" emo movement that began with Sunny Day Real Estate
. Numerous trademarks distinguish the band's sound, such as Simpson's emotive and offkey vocals, instrumental bridges that were dominated by a "twinkly" and ethereal guitar sound, frequent dynamic changes, and wistful lyrics that dealt with subjects such as faith, unrequited love, and the pressures of growing up.
Mineral incorporate the following tropes:
- Angst: Simpson's lyrics tend to feature either this, or him recounting happy memories.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Both "Gloria" and "If I Could" are about this trope.
- Emo:: One of the more well known examples of this trope.
- New Sound Album: In contrast to The Power of Failing, EndSerenading features crisper production, and the songs tend to build up to instrumental climaxes instead of quick dynamic changes.
- Not Christian Rock: Biblical allusions, and the subject of God are frequently present in the band's lyrics. However, Simpson never spoke publicly about his faith, and the band never associated itself with the Christian musical scene.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: Chris Simpson.
- Troubled Production: The recording of EndSerenading was one. The details surrounding it are few, but Chris Simpson did state that there were disagreements over what sound the band should pursue.
Chris Simpson: When we were writing the second Mineral record, we’d be working on ideas that were really different... Phrases would be thrown around like, ‘I just don’t think that’s Mineral.’ That’s when I realized that I wouldn't be happy in the band in the long run."