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Mates Of State

Kori Gardner (keyboard/vocals) and Jason Hammel (drums/vocals) were both playing guitar and singing in the Kansas music metropolis of Lawrence before forming the Mates of State in 1997. With their dual vocal harmonies and minimalist pop appeal, Omnibus Records released Mates of State's first EP as a split with Fighter D in 1999. Upon a relocation to San Francisco, the duo's second EP, It's the Law/Invitation Inn, and a debut studio effort, My Solo Project, followed in 2000. Tours of the Midwest followed into the next year and creative ideas continued to swirl. Hammel and Gardner, who were married in early 2001, inked themselves a deal with Polyvinyl prior to recording a follow-up. Summer days were spent playing shows with Superdrag, the Anniversary, and Beulah while writing songs on the road. Those sessions led to the second album, Our Constant Concern, in 2002. Polyvinyl reissued their debut album, My Solo Project, the next spring, followed by the full-length Team Boo. After their contract was up with Polyvinyl (ending with the 2004 EP All Day), Mates of State decided to head over to Barsuk, the label that released Bring It Back in 2006 and Re-Arrange Us in 2008. Crushes: The Covers Mixtape arrived two years later; meanwhile, Gardner and Hammel were working on the follow-up to Re-Arrange Us, recording in six different studios over the course of 18 months. The duo collaborated with mixer Chris Coady on the final result, 2011's Mountaintops. The band toured sporadically over the next few years, but with two young children on the scene, Hammel and Gardner dedicated more time to their personal lives. They reappeared in 2015 with two releases, Greats, a hits collection on Fierce Panda, and an EP titled You're Going to Make It. That year, Gardner and Hammel also composed the score for the Marc Brener-directed The Rumperbutts, and also acted in the film. ~ Mike DaRonco
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mountaintops

1. Palomino

2. Maracas

3. Sway

4. Unless I'm Led

5. Total Serendipity

6. Basement Money

7. At Least I Have You

8. Desire

9. Change

10. Mistakes

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Track List: Re-Arrange Us

1. Get Better

2. Now

3. My Only Offer

4. The Re-Arranger

5. Jigsaw

6. Blue And Gold Print

7. Help Help

8. You Are Free

9. Great Dane

10. Lullaby Haze

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Track List: Bring It Back

1. Think Long

2. Fraud In The 80's

3. Like U Crazy

4. Beautiful Dreamer

5. What It Means

6. For The Actor

7. Nature & The Wreck

8. So Many Ways

9. Punchlines

10. Running Out

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Track List: All Day

2. Along For The Ride

3. Drop And Anchor

4. Starman

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Track List: Team Boo

1. Ha Ha

2. Whiner's Bio

3. Fluke

4. Open Book

5. Middle Is Gold

6. The Kissaway

7. Gotta Get A Problem

8. Parachutes (Funeral Song)

9. An Experiment

10. Sound It Off

11. I Got This Feelin'

12. Separate The People

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Track List: Our Constant Concern

1. Hoarding It For Home

2. 10 Years Later

3. Uber Legitimate

4. Girls Singing

5. I Know, And I Said Forget It

6. Quit Doin' It

7. A Duel Will Settle This

8. Clean Out

9. Halves And Have-Nots

10. As Night As Now

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Track List: My Solo Project

1. Names

2. Proofs

3. What I Could Stand For

4. La'hov

5. Nice Things That Look Good

6. A Control Group

7. Throw Down

8. I Have Space

9. Everyone Needs An Editor

10. Tan/Black

11. Ride Again

12. More In Me

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Track List: Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)

1. Laura

2. Son Et Lumiere

3. Sleep The Clock Around

4. Technicolor Girls

5. Long Way Home

6. Love Letter

7. Second Hand News

8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants

9. Roller Coaster Ride

10. True Love Will Find You In The End

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maisyrox
It's adorable that they're married
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his eyes eyes look weird
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I didn't know this was an actual song haha I thought it was for a commercial.
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Loved mates of state since 'my solo project' came out in 2000 and I was 14...
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nc.lauren
Found them on a mixtape in 2001 when I was ten. Twelve years later, they're still my favorite band.
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I think I've seen them every single time they've come to St. Louis since about 2003 (four times) when my now husband and I went to their show as one of our first dates. They have a very interesting sound and they've slowly shifted away from a sole keyboard/dru m s / v o c a l sound and have added other sounds (from tambourines, guitar and trumpet) into the mix and it sounds a little fuller. At the same time the overall sound still retains the unique strength of their keyboard drums sound.
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Very impressed by their live show
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Seen them 3x and they keep getting better. Loves them!
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ashlynrodger
mates saved my lif. ni would give anything to see them again!
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Love them.
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jvlindgren
I saw them live in Minneapolis last week. Absolutely fab!
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i'd do both of them
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Just went to see them last night in Rochester. Awesome! They rock live.
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trinity_tori
Loved them for a while, moved to Lawrence KS about a year ago....had no idea they were from here!
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:) they make me smile
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Bring it back is by far the best album, though the others are enjoyable to say the least. Also Mates of State put on a great show, so if they come to your area go see them.
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You guys are sexy

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