Posted on: April 24, 2014 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

Mineral have announced a reunion tour for this fall that will mark their 20th anniversary. The shows will be the band’s first since disbanding in 1998 and begin with a two-night stand at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on September 5th and 6th. The first leg of dates run through September 12th and will take Mineral westward to The Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH, and the band are also confirmed to perform at the Fest 13 in Gainesville, FL on November 2nd. A current itinerary is below and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am CT.

Reconnecting with each other and this material for the first time in 17 years has been a real joy and pleasure. The shows will be the icing on the cake,” said Chris Simpson (vocals, guitar). “We are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to getting to play for all the people who have loved us all along, as well as the many who have discovered us posthumously along the way.”

Formed in Houston, TX in 1994 by friends Simpson, Jeremy Gomez (bass), Scott McCarver (guitar), and Gabriel Wiley (drums), Mineral proved to be a powerful and lasting influence across a then-burgeoning indie and emo music scene in spite of their short career. The band cut their teeth on the road before recording a single note, touring alongside bands including Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, Texas is the Reason, Knapsack, Braid, and The Get Up Kids. Mineral relocated to Austin and released debut single “Gloria b/w Parking Lot” via Caulfield Records before signing to crank!, which would release their debut LP The Power Of Failing in 1996.

Following that album – which the LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound would eventually claim as one of the ‘Top 20 Emo Albums in History,’ writing: “The empyreal finger-picking crescendos, the punch-to-the-gut octave note explosions, the not-quite-in-key vocals issuing soft-then-screamed confessions about the shortcomings of self — it’s all gorgeously imperfect, from opening notes of ‘5, 8, and 10’ to the harrowing chorus of ‘Parking Lot'” – the band signed to Interscope Records and recorded their final album for crank!, EndSerenading, with producer Mark Trombino (Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World). Despite the album’s gorgeous and impassioned songs, the writing and recording process proved too difficult and Mineral disbanded before its 1998 release, citing creative differences.  Simpson and Gomez went on to form The Gloria Record and Wiley founded Pop Unknown. Simpson also occasionally performs under the moniker Zookeeper.


Mineral tour dates:

SEPT. 5           NEW YORK, NY                       BOWERY BALLROOM*

SEPT. 6           NEW YORK, NY                       BOWERY BALLROOM*

SEPT. 9           WASHINGTON, DC                  BLACK CAT*

SEPT. 10         BOSTON, MA                          BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL*

SEPT. 11         PHILADELPHIA, PA                 UNION TRANSFER*

SEPT. 12         CLEVELAND, OH                     THE GROG SHOP*

NOV. 2            GAINESVILLE, FL                    THE FEST 13

* Into It Over It supports

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  1. Man, this is too much. Something this spectacular and it’s nowhere close to me! Didn’t Chris live here in Austin? I’m wondering why there’s not a Texas show for this reunion? Too bad though, this is a reunion I’d love to see. 🙂

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