Dead Mineral: Formed in 2005 under the name Novox, Dead Mineral have been blasting Houston area bars and clubs with mostly instrumental dual guitar driven rock that wraps beauty inside searing noise. Members collectively hail from other Houston bands including Dry Nod, Sprawl, The Drunks, STOMA, The Keenlies, Run Trip and Fall, Rusted Shut, Project Grimm, Texas Guinness Lovers.
Ex-Ops: "The Ex-Optimists deliver a wonderful and clever mix of flashback-filled indie rock and future hits of noise pop. The songs fill me with a strange sort of nostalgia, indie rock style: but it's more than that. It's now and new, but there is a history and love for what came before." - Marcel Feldmar - The Big Takeover issue 72