Mates Of State

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Mates Of State - My Solo Project My Solo Project
Pop Used - LP OMNI 024 Omnibus
2000 Original With Custom Insert. Vinyl Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “Bursting With Euphoric Energy, My Solo Project Is A Tremendous Debut Full-Length From San Francisco's Mates Of State. With Organ, Drums, And Belted-Out Boy-Girl Harmonies, The Mates Of State Crank Out A Giant, Joyous Pop Sound That Needs No Overdubbing Or Ornamentation To Convey Its Exuberance. The Keys-Fronted Lineup Begs Comparison To Bands Like Ben Folds Five And Quasi, But The Mates Of State Have Built A Freshness All Their Own, Rejuvenating Indie Pop With Unbelievable Vigor. Vocalist/Organist Kori Gardner Has A Honey-Sweet Voice That Shifts Easily From Languorous To Explosive Within Single Songs, Deftly Intertwining With Drummer/Vocalist Jason Hammel's Punctuated Yell-Singing. The Band's Bouncy Live Sound Excels On Songs "La'hov" And "Everyone Needs An Editor," While Songs Like "Nice Things That Look Good" And "Ride Again" Prove A Solid Ability To Slow Down And Noodle. The Momentum Of My Solo Project Is Further Sustained By The Varied Tempos And Rhythms -- Just A Little Loose Around The Edges -- That Build From One To The Next In A Way That Rigid Rock Beats So Often Miss. The Simple, Repetitive Lyrics Take On A Poetic, Jazzy Quality, As One Singer Maintains The Chorus Line While The Other Solos With Words -- Reminiscent Of Fellow West Coast Indie Rock Duo The Halo Benders. With This All-Round Impressive Debut Of Passionate, Accessible Pop/Rock, The Mates Of State Breath Fresh Excitement Into The Indie Scene In A Big Way.” – Michelle Cross, AMG... more details
 
Mates Of State - Crushes: The Covers Mixtape Crushes: The Covers Mixtape
Pop Colored Vinyl PRC 9140 Polyvinyl
Sealed 2012 Limited Edition 180gm Clear Vinyl Original With Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink. Exclusive Record Store Day Release: Only 1500 Pressed.... more details
 
Mates Of State - You're Going To Make It You're Going To Make It
Pop New - 12 BARK155LP Barsuk
Sealed 2015 45rpm 12 Inch EP. "After A Long Break Spent Doing Things Other Than Making Records, Like Living Life And Touring With The Postal Service, The Always Reliable Duo Of Kori Gardner And Jason Hammel Return With A Five-Song Ep That Boils Their Energetically-Pop-With-Synths-And-Booming-Drums Sound Down Into Its Purest Form. You're Going To Make It Is Spilt Between Aching Ballads That Sound Lifted From The Back Half Of An Abba Album ("Sides Of Boxes," "Gonna Get It"), Typically Pumped-Up Pop With Big Choruses ("I Want To Run"), And Songs That Really Should Be Radio Hits (The Super-Hooky "Staring Contest"). Add In A Dramatic Ballad ("Beautiful Kids") That Features Some Solid Vocals From Hammel Contrasting Well With Gardner's Wonderfully Soaring Voice And These Five Songs End Up Being Some Of Their Best Work. It's Quite Amazing After So Many Years That Their Creative Well Hasn't Run Dry Even A Little; By This Time In Their Careers Most Bands Are Already Playing The Oldies Circuit. You're Going To Make It Is Convincing Proof That Mates Of State Are Far From That Less-Than-Thrilling Fate." Tim Sendra, AMG.... more details
 

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