Mineral (band)

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Origin Austin, Texas, U.S.
Genres Emo
Years active 1994–1998, 2014–present
Associated acts The Gloria Record
Kissing Chaos
Pop Unknown
Pretty the Quick Black Eyes
Website http://www.officialmineral.com/
Past members Chris Simpson
Scott McCarver
Jeremy Gomez
Gabriel Wiley

Mineral is an American emo band originally from Houston, Texas. Soon following their formation they relocated to Austin. All four members of Mineral were signed to Interscope Records on individual contracts. After disbanding in 1998, its members worked on numerous other musical projects including The Gloria Record, Pop Unknown, and Zookeeper.

Mineral's music is characterized by its iterated soft/loud structure, overlaid with melodic vocals and ethereal guitar-based instrumental bridges. Mineral's subtle balance between angst-ridden kinetics and wistful underpinnings, in conjunction with their intelligent lyrics, have heavily influenced many bands of the late 1990s and 2000s.[1]

In 2010, a compilation CD of all the band's songs (except for "Sadder Star", from the First Crush comp) was released in Japan, entitled "The Complete Collection".

Mineral announced a reunion tour on April 24, 2014.[2][3]


  • Chris Simpson – vocals/guitar
  • Scott McCarver – guitar
  • Jeremy Gomez – bass
  • Gabriel Wiley – drums



  • "Gloria/Parking Lot" (The Audio Concept Records, 1994)
  • "Gloria/Parking Lot" (Caulfield Records, re-release, 1995)
  • "February/M.D." (Caulfield Records, 1996)
  • "Crazy (Willie Nelson cover)" (split release with Jimmy Eat World and Sensefield – Crank!, 1997)
  • "&Serenading"/"Love My Way" (Psychedelic Furs cover) (Crank!, 1998)



  • ground rule double - "five, eight, and ten" (divot / actionboy 300 records, 1996)
  • (don't forget to) breathe - "Rubberlegs" (crank! A RECORD COMPANY, 1997)
  • the first crush compilation - "Sadder Star" (thick as thieves, 1997)
  • Fer Shure: A Tribute to the Valley Girl Soundtrack - "Love My Way" (Psychedlic Furs cover) (Itchy Korean Records, 1997)
  • The Complete Collection (Japan, 2010)
  • Complete Collection: 1994-1998 (Remastered albums and extras)(Arena Rock, November 4, 2014)

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