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.
[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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.