Mineral - Podcast | 20 Year Reunion Tour, Recording Albums, Lessons Learned
Chris Simpson of Texas' Mineral chats about the Mineral reunion tour, recording their albums, their impact to the emo scene, lessons learned, and more.
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Story behind the Chris Simpson Podcast:
What ended in 1998 actually began four years earlier, in Houston, TX, when four friends formed a band. 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.
Upon the release of their first album, Mineral quickly emerged as one of the leaders in the burgeoning indie/emo music scene. College radio loved the record. The press gushed about the band. It was inevitable that the major labels would come calling and Interscope Records eventually 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 one final record for crank! A RECORD COMPANY. EndSerenading was the result. The songs for the record had not come easily, nor did the recording of them. But the album was strong, emotional and daring. It was a Mineral album.
And then it was over.
But in a short amount of time, Mineral’s combination of poignant dynamics and impassioned lyrics about coming of age was influencing bands everywhere, and still inspires new bands today.
2014 marks the bands 20th anniversary, and the first time Chris, Jeremy, Gabe, and Scott have shared the stage together in 16 years. We caught up with Chris to discuss the reunion tour, recording their albums, and more.
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