Please, Quit Your Day Job
Who ever thought that quitting your day job would be a good thing? Kori and Jason of Mates of State did, and look how well theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re doing. This bundle of musical energy did exactly the opposite of what everyone advises you to do: they quit their jobs, married each other, and went out on the road touring. And so far, so good.The twosome is happy-go-lucky, bouncy and care-free. With Kori Gardner on her jovial organ and vocals and Jason Hammel on light-hearted drums and vocals, how can you not feel like smiling? They sound like theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re having such a good time. Theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re a brightly lit parallel to the White Stripes duo; a musical little two-pack that’s not so moody and a lot more fun. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s poppy and catchy, with deliriously silly melodies and intricate drumlines. The vocals are incredibly multifaceted, sometimes blending smoothly in a Simon and Garfunkle fashion as in â€šÃ„ÃºWhinerâ€šÃ„Ã´s Bio,” other times clashing like the instrumentals of Einsteurzende Neubauten as in â€šÃ„ÃºAn Experiment.” The sound is a lot like that of The Rentals, or the Philly-based band Swisher; loud and fast, abrasive yet melodious, cheesy yet likeable, heavy surf-rock organ with complicated neo-punk drums, tight-knit folksy vocal harmonies, electronica fused with pop and Indie. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s like a warm, fuzzy dessert wine buzz.
All in all, Mates of State is a worthy and victorious experiment, in culminating love and a new take on pop/rock. This happy couple seems to be doing exactly what they want: playing and writing music, and spending their time with one another. Anyone who enjoys the light and bubbly side of duo-rock would enjoy this album.