MATES OF STATE unveil new music video to coincide with EP release this week‏

June 17, 2015


MATES OF STATE’s ‘You’re Going To Make It’ EP out this week on Fierce Panda Records

New music video for ‘Staring Contest’ released

“You’re Going To Make It manages to feel as love-struck and starry eyed as ever.” – Noisey

“Mates of State have gone short and sweet-as-a-sugarcube with their latest and first release since 2011.” – Drowned In Sound

“‘Staring Contest’ practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love.” – NPR

“…a bubblegum anthem drenched in happy-go-lucky electro that wouldn’t look out of place as a B-side of the latest Taylor Swift record 1989.” – The Line of Best Fit

Mates of State’s brand new five-track collection ‘You’re Going To Make It’ is out this week via Fierce Panda Records in the UK (Barsuk in the US) and to celebrate, the duo have released a brand new music video for lead track ‘Staring Contest’. Based on a true story of Mates husband and wife duo Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel’s daughter June being introduced to her class at school, the video re-imagines June’s choice to perform an Adele song rather than make a book reading to her classmates into a full-on blow out party.

How does a band keep evolving and moving forward after 15 years? First up, embrace the modern age and the way that people are consuming music these days.“I don’t like it, but the long play album format is probably dead,” says Mates of State singer/drummer Jason Hammel. “Now we just want the hits. Don’t bother me with filler; get me your best songs straightaway.” Rather than lamenting this shift in listening preferences, Hammel and his bandmate Kori Gardner are taking a very KISS-like approach with their new music: you wanted the best, you got the best.

The pair’s new self-produced EP ‘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; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns. The band is also exploring some new creative avenues this year with the release of The Rumperbutts, a feature film that Hammel and Gardner acted in and composed the score for. Written and directed by Marc Brener, the film hit theatres in the duo’s native US last month. 

After a decade and an half of acclaimed albums and live performances, and songs that have become near pop standards for a generation of music fans, it’s good to know that Mates of State isn’t content with coasting. Hammel and Gardner are working as hard as ever and looking excitedly toward what the future has to offer.



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