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Mates Of State



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Hometown: East Haven, CT (USA)

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Mates of State is the husband/wife duo of Kori Gardner (organ, vox) and Jason Hammel (drums, vox). They quit their day jobs (teacher and cancer researcher) in 2001, got married, and hit the road bringing their love to the rest of the world. The Mates have released four full lengths, my solo project, our constant concern, team boo, and bring it back, as well as numerous singles and EPs.

Mates of State has been described by critics as "unabashed joy", "honesty at its best", a "two piece with balls", and "a band that you must see live". Their first record was listed in the New York Times as one of the best records you probably didn't hear in 2000. Their live show has amassed a reputation worldwide as a uniquely joyous experience - capacity crowds smiling, dancing, and singing along with every word.

Mates of State's unique, often complex and always catchy pop gems defy genre boundaries. Though a duo, they never fail to generate an abundance of melody and harmony via monster, bass-heavy organ, creative drumming, and alternately lushly layered and playfully dueling vocals.


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Mates Of State / Bishop Allen live in Wallingford

Mates Of State / Bishop Allen

live in Wallingford (2004)

live show

Mates Of State/Saturday Looks Good To Me live in Chicago

Mates Of State/Saturday Looks Good To Me

live in Chicago (2003)

live show

Rainer Maria / Mates Of State live in Galesburg, IL

Rainer Maria / Mates Of State

live in Galesburg, IL (2003)

live show

Death Cab For Cutie/Mates Of State live in Boston

Death Cab For Cutie/Mates Of State

live in Boston (2003)

live show

Mates Of State/Dehawney Troof/Saturday Looks Good To Me live in Chicago

Mates Of State/Dehawney Troof/Saturday Looks Good To Me

live in Chicago (2003)

live show

Mates Of State Team Boo

Mates Of State

Team Boo (2003)

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Tours: Mates of State
Mates of State have announced a brief December tour with their original lineup. The duo - which usually travels with a full band - will be performing as the original two members on the run which kicks off December…
November 08, 2012
Tours: Happy Record Store Day
It's Record Store Day so go support your local store and buy some music. Some band participating with special releases include: All Out War, Anberlin, Animal…
April 21, 2012
Videos: Mates of State: "Sway"
Mates of State have launched their video for "Sway." It was directed by XXXX and features a girl who falls down a rabbit hole to discover another world in Lewis Carroll fashion. It also showcases the band performing in a high school gym…
November 04, 2011
Videos: Mates Of State perform "Palomino" on David Letterman
Connecticut's Mates of State recently performed their song, "Palomino" on the Late Show with David Letterman. The song comes from their latest release Mountaintops. "Palomino" can also be downloaded for free from the Barsuk website…
October 13, 2011
Videos: Fun Fun Fun Fest adds Hum, Hot Snakes, Cave In, Bane, Touche Amore, Henry Rollins, Danzig
The promoters have confirmed the rest of the lineup for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Texas. The event takes place November 4th,5th and 6th. The event features notable reunions from…
August 01, 2011
Tours: Mates of State / Yawn (with Suckers, Other Lives)
Connecticut-based modern pop duo Mates Of State have announced a string of U.S. tour dates. Starting on September 21, the band will tour the east coast, kicking off at D.C.'s…
July 05, 2011
Tours: Mates of State finish 'Mountaintops'
Connecticut-based modern pop duo Mates Of State have finished recording their newest album, Mountaintops, to be released September 13 via Barsuk Records. Mountaintops is the band's first since 2008's…
June 11, 2011
Tours: A.V. Undercover 2011 soliciting song suggestions
The Onion sister website and pop culture/entertainment news source The A.V. Club is now soliciting song and artist suggestions for the 2011 edition of A.V. Undercover, where bands are brought in to cover songs from a predetermined list.…
January 13, 2011
Videos: Mates of State: "I Will Dare" (The Replacements)
The AV Club has posted the latest chapter of its Undercover live covers series. This week it's Mates of State - along with guests, including comedian Todd Barry on drums - tackling the 1984 Replacements classic "I…
August 03, 2010
Videos: Silversun Pickups, Black Lips, Gogol Bordello, Brand New, Pogues, All Time Low at Voodoo Music 2009
The full lineup has been announced for the 2009 Voodoo Music Experience. Among the dozens of bands confirmed for the event are All Time Low, Black Lips, Brand New, Down, Gogol Bordello, Jane's Addiction,…
July 01, 2009

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