What's the point of slick production if there is no heart? Mineral's only two releases don't sound like they were made to the best audio quality, but the passion of both their records boils over the surface of vocalist/guitarist Chris Simpson's audible desperation. Drummer Gabriel Wiley, guitarist Scott McCarver and bassist Jeremy Gomez complete the early influence that was the Texas four piece of an early heart on the sleeve of many. 1997's debut, The Power of Failing, is an early indie/emo staple with the likes of Diary and Dear You. The entire album, lyrically and musically fragile, soft verses to heavy choruses and guitar picking builds and intros, sounds closest to early Sunny Day Real Estate records. Mineral would hold its own though, even with only releasing a handful of singles and two albums, including their final one, 1998's EndSerenading.
Great band, brings back lots of memories. I think a couple of the members are from Cypress, TX which is outside of Houston on the way towards Austin. Its only a couple hour drive from Cypress to Austin.
I still remember (8+) years ago when my friend was trying to make sure people stopped calling Good Charlotte emo by playing "Parking Lot" and saying "THIS is emo".
I'll be putting their cds back on my iphone rotation when I get home for sure.