What ended in 1998, actually began four years earlier, in Houston, TX, when friends Christopher Simpson (guitar/vocals), Jeremy Gomez (bass), Gabriel Wiley (drums) and Scott McCarver (guitar) formed the band Mineral. Mineral launched into touring immediately, often alongside other indie bands like Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, Texas is the Reason, Knapsack, Braid, and The Get Up Kids, garnering them a legion of fans from the outset. Eventually the band relocated to Austin, TX and released their debut album The Power Of Failing in 1995. Following the release Mineral quickly emerged as one of the leaders in the burgeoning indie / emo music scene. It was inevitable that the major labels would come calling. Interscope Records eventually won the major label beauty contest and signed the band. Such were the circumstances when the band went into Big Fish Studios in San Diego, California with Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World) to record their second record EndSerenading. The songs for the record had not come easily, nor did the recording of them. But the album was strong, emotional and daring. It would be the last album Mineral would make. 2014 marks the bands 20th anniversary, and the first time Chris, Jeremy, Gabe, and Scott have shared the stage together in 16 years.