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Mates Of State

Team Boo

Polyvinyl 65

Released on September 16, 2003



MATES OF STATE are the ultra-likeable, uber-intriguing duo of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner. The couple is a non-stop touring presence whose live chemistry is genuinely magical. He sits behind the drum kit and sings, she plays a vintage Yamaha organ and sings; many dynamic exchanges take place between them--both spoken and unspoken. Now, on their third album, THE MATES' have found the perfect studio environment to capture their explosive live sound.

The album, Team Boo, was recorded and mixed over three weeks at both WILLIE NELSON's Pedernales and Jim Eno's The Garage studios. Manning the knobs were Jim Eno (of SPOON) and John Croslin (who did MATES' first record My Solo Project, and has worked with SPOON, BEULAH, GUIDED BY VOICES, WAYLON JENNINGS and more). The songs go from dancey and crazy, to simple and sweet. Without a doubt, this is their most infectious and versatile record yet, and will be one of this autumn's most anticipated indie releases.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Ha Ha  11%
2 Whiner's Bio Voted #1  22%
3 Fluke Voted #2  17%
4 Open Book  0%
5 Middle Is Gold  0%
6 The Kissaway Voted #3  17%
7 Gotta Get A Problem  0%
8 Parachutes (Funeral Song)  11%
9 An Experiment  0%
10 Sound It Off  6%
11 I Got This Feelin'  17%
12 Seperate The People  0%
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John from Independence, MO 
Oct 21 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

One of MOS's best but not nearly as "dance like" as their 2nd release but still has great instrumental's I guarantee you won't find a couple who can harmonize nearly half as well as these two do together and they sing and play with such passion it's incredible def a must get for any fan of indie bands they're buy far one of the most overlooked bands ever to step foot on the indie genre and one of the most creative and talented bands in the genre as well....

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Matt from Brooklin, ON Canada 
Aug 17 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

wow...i cannot say enough about this album. by far the best mates of state effort to date. i really enjoyed the fact that they actually used a professional studio to make this record. the also used a lot of additional instruments played by them, as well as guests like jon vanderslice. i liked how they were able to incorporate some horns into a few songs. and i also found it great that they still kept sort of a low-fi, basement recording feel to it. mates of state have a sort of sloppy, disfunctional sound (which is great, and so unique), and this album highlights that. it was not over produced or anything, and every song is amazing. their vocal harmonies are better here than on any of their previous records. from start to finish: outstanding.

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Lisa from Guelph, ON Canada 
Feb 21 2005 Rating: 3/5 Stars

This is actually Dave Norman from Whitby/Guelph, Ontario.

Better than Our Constant Concern but no where near as blamazing as My Solo Project. I dunno, maybe they just got worse...I dunno. But get My Solo Project, as it's my fav...and my name is Dave...c'mon it rhymes and everything!!!

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Carlos from Los Angeles, CA 
Jan 31 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is also another great release from the married powerpop indie duo also i should mention its only a synth and drums in these cd's but that all they need and there duo sing sensibilitys are great they are the best duo i have heard singing together he follows here at times though

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Nicholas from Apo, AE 
Aug 1 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

well as a lover of indie music this one by far has really gotten my heart! i bought just for the first song and eventually fell head over heels with the whole thing! parachutes's piano is riveting you can'y help wanting to cry outta of sheer joy! the rest of the songs will have ya dancin all night long no doubt about that.

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Zach from Abilene, TX 
Sep 17 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Wow. Mates Of State. This band is awesome. I was blown away by their first album “My Solo Project” and couldn’t get enough of it. Then “Our Constant Concern” came out and I was a little disappointed with the production – something just didn’t seem right. But the songs themselves were good. Then “Team Boo” comes out and I am completely blown away all over again. This album is awesome start to finish. I could listen to it over and over again and that doesn’t happen very often with me. If you are unfamiliar with Mates Of State and like The Postal Service or older Anniversary then get familiar. Check out this album and “My Solo Project”. You’ll be glad you did.

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