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Mates of State Biography

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Birth Place: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Years Active: 1997-Present
Genres: Indie Pop, Twee Pop

Mates of State is an American indie pop duo, active since 1997. The group is composed of the husband-and-wife team of Kori Gardner (vocals, organ, synthesizer, piano, electric piano, guitar) and Jason Hammel (vocals, drums, percussion, and occasional synthesizer).

Gardner and Hammel originally played together in a four-piece rock band called Vosotros, in which they both sang and played guitar. Shortly after the couple moved to California in 1998 and were married in 2001.

The band recorded one album, 2003’s “My Solo Project,” on Omnibus Records before moving to Polyvinyl for 2002’s “Our Constant Concern” and 2003’s “Team Boo.” In December 2005, the band signed with Barsuk Records and released “Bring It Back” in 2006 and “Re-Arrange Us” in 2008. Barsuk also issued an EP of remixes, “Re-Arranged: Remixes Volume 1”in 2009.

In June 2010, Mates of State released their sixth studio album, “Crushes (The Covers Mixtape),” on their own label MOS Records. It consisted entirely of cover versions of songs previously recorded by other artists including “Long Way Home” by Tom Waits, “Son Et Lumiere” by The Mars Volta, Nick Cave's “Love Letter” and Daniel Johnston's “True Love Will Find You in the End.”

Their album, “Mountaintops,” was released in September 2011 through the Barsuk and featured all new original material.