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. This double-disc set collects all 30 tracks from the band including three previously unreleased, alternate versions of Mineral classics.