You're Going To Make It

bark155: Mates of State / You're Going To Make It

bark155lp · CD-EP / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · June 2015

1.
Staring Contest
2.
Beautiful Kids
3.
I Want To Run
4.
Gonna Get It
5.
Sides Of Boxes

You're Going To Make It is nothing but choice cuts; five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox is nothing but the cream of that songwriting crop; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

Mountaintops

bark119: Mates of State / Mountaintops

bark119 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · September 2011

1.
Palomino
2.
Maracas
3.
Sway
4.
Unless I'm Led
5.
Total Serendipity
6.
Basement Money
7.
At Least I Have You
8.
Desire
9.
Change
10.
Mistakes

[Mates of State] touch on so much of what has been great in the last 50 years of pop music, all viewed through the Mates of State filter. Most of all, they have actually built their own sound. They sound like themselves. I hear palomino and it sounds like quintessential Mates of State. Sometimes I hear a new band and think 'What a Mates Of State rip-off!' They have been carving out their place in the indie rock world since the late 90s, as two people playing complex songs that sound like five people playing a simple song. That is what the great ones can do.

-AC Newman, June 2011

Re-Arranged: Remixes Volume 1

bark86: Mates of State / Re-Arranged: Remixes Volume 1

bark86 · DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · April 2009

1.
You Are Free (The Mae Shi remix)
2.
The Re-Arranger (Flosstradamus remix)
3.
Now (RAC remix)
4.
Help Help (DJ Sega Philly Club remix)

Now available digitally with one bonus track! Buy the MP3 versions from iTunes, eMusic, and other digital retailers.

This limited-edition 12" vinyl features four reinterpretations of tracks from Mates of State's 2008 release, Re-Arrange Us, with contributions from noted remixologists DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, The Mae Shi, and RAC. Packaged in a classic DJ white sleeve, this 12" EP is limited to 1000 copies worldwide.

Re-Arrange Us

bark74: Mates of State / Re-Arrange Us

bark74 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · May 2008

1.
Get Better
2.
Now
3.
My Only Offer
4.
The Re-Arranger
5.
Jigsaw
6.
Blue and Gold Print
7.
Help Help
8.
You Are Free
9.
Great Dane
10.
Lullaby Haze

Though conceived as a duo, Mates of State have never failed to generate a trademark wall of sound built on dozens of varied voicings of keys, drums, and alternately lushly-layered and playfully-dueling vocals. On Re-Arrange Us they move beyond these boundaries (their traditional organ sound is a distant memory, replaced with organic piano and synth sounds) with additional instrumentation — not to mention a quantum leap in songcraft apparent on instantly indelible gems like "Now", "Jigsaw" and "Get Better". Throughout Re-Arrange Us, Kori's piano and the emergence of both Mates' lead vocals from their trademark harmonizing signal the next stage of Mates of State's evolution.

Bring It Back

bark50: Mates of State / Bring It Back

prc105 · LP
Polyvinyl Records · March 2006
bark50 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · March 2006

1.
Think Long
2.
Fraud In The 80's
3.
Like U Crazy
4.
Beautiful Dreamer
5.
What It Means
6.
For The Actor
7.
Nature And The Wreck
8.
So Many Ways
9.
Punchlines
10.
Running Out

Bring It Back is Mates of State at their complex yet lighthearted best: impeccably layered music that rewards attention, analysis, and repeated listens — but also instantly enchanting, drawing you in at once with hook stacked upon incredible, undeniable hook.

All Day

prc079: Mates of State / All Day

prc079 · CD-EP
Polyvinyl Records · November 2004

1.
Goods (All In Your Head)
2.
Along For The Ride
3.
Drop And Anchor
4.
Starman

Does an EP have the capacity to mark a pivotal point in a band's history? Whether they intended to or not, the organ and drums duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have done just that with All Day.

Team Boo

prc065: Mates of State / Team Boo

prc065 · CD / LP
Polyvinyl Records · September 2003

1.
Ha Ha
2.
Whiner's Bio
3.
Fluke
4.
Open Book
5.
Middle Is Gold
6.
The Kissaway
7.
Gotta Get A Problem
8.
Parachutes (Funeral Song)
9.
An Experiment
10.
Sound It Off
11.
I Got This Feelin'
12.
Separate The People

Now available on clear vinyl!

For their third album, Mates of State discovered the perfect studio environment to capture their unique blend of vintage Yamaha organ, drums, off-kilter harmonies, and the unique dynaism that holds it all together. The album was recorded and mixed over three weeks at both Willie Nelson's Pedernales and Jim Eno's The Garage studios.

My Solo Project

prc061: Mates of State / My Solo Project

prc061 · LP
Polyvinyl Records · April 2003

1.
Names
2.
Proofs
3.
What I Could Stand For
4.
La'hov
5.
Nice Things That Look Good
6.
A Control Group
7.
Throw Down
8.
I Have Space
9.
Everyone Needs An Editor
10.
Tan/Black
11.
Ride Again
12.
More In Me

My solo project is Mates of State's critically acclaimed, difficult-to-find, yet highly sought-after debut album. The record was originally released in 2000 on Omnibus and was sold primarily by the band on tour. As the Mates' fan base began to build quickly, the record gained a near cult status as the band literally sold thousands of copies at shows. In 2003, Polyvinyl was proud to re-release my solo project from obscurity, with bonus, revamped artwork.

Our Constant Concern

prc046: Mates of State / Our Constant Concern

prc046 · LP
Polyvinyl Records · January 2002

1.
Hoarding It For Home
2.
10 Years Later
3.
Uber Legitimate
4.
Girls Singing
5.
I Know, And I Said Forget It
6.
Quit Doin' It
7.
A Duel Will Settle This
8.
Clean Out
9.
Halves And Have-Nots
10.
As Night As Now

Our constant concern is Mates' second album and follow-up to 2000's my solo project. With Dave Trumfio (The Pulsars, Wilco) engineering at his Kingsize studio in LA, Mates were able to capture their unique drums/organ/vocals sound and pull off the "make two people sound like four" trick with ease.