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Mineral

When Mineral broke up in 1998, they had been together for only four years and released only two full-lengths, yet their shaping of the indie rock landscape cannot be overstated. The Austin four got together in 1994 and wasted no time in blanketing the country and cranking out 7"s, initially hooking with the label of tourmates Christy Front Drive, The Audio Concept, and Caulfield Records. A zine editor in Colorado, impressed with Mineral's groundbreaking blend of power and emotion, sent a 7" to the chief of fledgling Crank! Records, Jeff Matlow. The band received repeated phone calls that day from Matlow, and thus began a marriage that would launch both label and band into underground fame. Mineral's first full-length, The Power of Failing, was a powerful success and inspired a rabid following among scenesters. The young band's grasp of dynamics and thoughtful lyrics about coming of age also influenced indie rock bands everywhere, as their sound still permeates across the underground. End Serenading turned out to be the end for Mineral, which had agreed to do its next record with Interscope, a record that never happened. Still only in their early twenties, bandmembers moved onto new projects: singer/guitarist Chris Simpson and bassist Jeremy Gomez began the Gloria Record and drummer Gabe Wiley joined Pop Unknown. ~ Ron DePasquale, Rovi
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ruler.of.the u n i v e r s e
Thought I was listening to Pavement for a sec...
Grew up with Mineral Guitar player Scott McCarver and I have to say all the guys in Mineral were some of the nicest, coolest people I partied with. I still listen to The Power Of Failing multiple times a week. I miss those dudes, especially Scott, havent seen that dude in almost 10yrs.
Why do we only have one album of theirs on here?
nananouche
This band has had more influence on my music and musical tastes than any band in history. So passionate and so honest.
Check out a band called Autarkeia. Not on pandora, but check the web. Inspired.
ptrdavis
Confusing that 'The Power of Failing' (arguably their best album) is not on pandora...
Agree with bish_251. Let's not throw Mineral together with Saetia & Joshua fit for battle, either.
bish_251
pfiffner436 it is ridiculous to think that apparently you knew nothing of sunny day real estate or the appleseed cast etc. emotional hardcore started in the 80's man. not trying to be mean its all good to listen to anyways
johnson795
I wasn't familiar with Mineral back in the day, but I'm really digging them. It sounds good in my ears.
pfiffner436
It's easy to forget how nobody was making music like this in the late 90's. Super thick guitar sound, awesome vocals - screamo before anybody coined that stupid name. Just music that ruled.
iknoweveryth i n g b o o k i n g
The only other band that can even touch Mineral is "Christie Front Drive" and yes thats how its spelled unlike above in the bio. Mineral took things to then next level, its a shame they couldnt keep it together. CFD did a re-uinion in 2007 and have been reissuing their recordings.. . h o p e f u l l y somebody will follow with some Mineral action...
Better than Sunny Day I think....wha t a loss
funny iv never heard this band b4 kinda reminds me of sunny day real estate
By the way, can we get The Power of Failing on here Pandora? Please??
bkr
Mineral are definitely a cornerstone act of melodic hardcore and mathy, epic emo. They are antecedents of bands like At the Drive In and Explosions in the Sky, and definitely deserve a place with SDRE and the Promise Ring as essential 90s emo, even though they espoused a sound all their own.
I think Mineral were awesome enough to deserve more than a few comments about whether or not they sound like another band. Their two LPs were pretty much epic. They're definitely not some knock-off emo band that these comments insinuate. Quite the contrary actually.
yes, immediately thought of sdre. But, that isnt a bad thing. I still like what im hearing and will listen to more of Mineral.
ntakach
this is the first song ive ever heard of them and i think theyre awesome. dont sweat comparing them to sdre, theyre both the s**t. side note: i saw sdre's original lineup in October. They were amazing. Music rules, talking s**t drools
If y'all think Mineral sounded like SDRE, you haven't listened to enough of them. The 2 are far removed.
Sounds exactly like SDRE.
jcingrassia
If you like Mineral, and have not heard of them previously. Be sure to listen to The Gloria Record, and Zookeeper.
sliscomb1
sounds like S.D.R.E.

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