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Mates of State: Goods

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Mates of StateMates of State is the organ and drums, vocal-laden duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. Formed in the nation’s heartland in December of 1997, their infectious songs and long-standing motto of play anywhere, anytime has earned them a legion of fans from coast to coast and everywhere else in between.

After years of playing in countless bands (nearly twenty between the two of them), Kori and Jason finally realized the ease of playing with only one other person. Ditching their guitars for just an organ and drum set, the trick now was getting two people to sound like a full band. With the two instruments, they added call and response vocal melodies and harmonies to create a sound unique in its immenseness. An open-mic was scheduled and tensions ran high as they began to question their untraditional arrangement. Afterwards, they realized it didn’t matter.

In November of 2004, Mates of State released the All Day EP and Two Of Us, a behind-the-scenes DVD documentary. Four tracks of spunky organ and drums, All Day includes the delightful “Goods” and a cover of the David Bowie classic “Starman.” [polyvinyl records]

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