Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel make up the duo Mates of State, a modern pop band that delivers sunny melodies that won't blind you with stupidity. Their music would be perfect for radio -- except that modern radio, commercial seems intent on fending off the Mates' brand of hooky rock in favor of something more synthetic.
That's OK. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, you don't need the radio to soak up some Mates of State sweetness.
Here's a free download "Maracas," a tune from the group's next album, "Mountaintops," due out Sept. 13. It's yours in exchange for a working e-mail address.
Here's the press release about the free download:
**************** Mates of State Premiere Free Track Download of "Maracas" on FILTER New Album Mountaintops Coming September 13th
Influential Connecticut-based modern pop duo Mates of State are offering listeners a free download of "Maracas," the first available track from their forthcoming album Mountaintops, on Filter today. Using the widget, fans can experience the song's boundless energy by simply providing an e-mail address.
Download "Maracas" from the band's website: http://www.matesofstate.com
Download "Maracas" on FILTER: http://filtermagazine.com/index.php/media/entry/mp3_mates_of_state_bring_you_maracas_filter_premiere
The band has already released the video for "Maracas," which premiered on Stereogum last week. You can watch the endlessly catchy and fun video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbqrO9oxc7E
The band will begin touring the US in the fall; for a full list of dates, see below. Starting on September 21, the band will tour the East Coast, kicking off at D.C.'s 9:30 Club and playing through October 12 where they will visit New York City's Webster Hall. The tour is in support of the band's newest record, Mountaintops, which was recently finished and will be released on September 13th via Barsuk Records.
Mountaintops is the band's full-length follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed Re-Arrange Us. The self-produced album was written and recorded over the last year and a half in 6 different studios with multiple different engineers. For track listing, see below.
Mates of State / Fall Tour - on-sale July 6th.
9/21 - Washington DC - 930 Club # * 9/22 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival 9/23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Funhouse # * 9/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Popped Festival 9/26 - Boston, MA - Royale # * 9/27 - Montreal, QB - Il Motore # * 9/28 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre # * 9/29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall # * 9/30 - Chicago, IL - Metro # *
10/01 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall % * 10/03 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel % * 10/04 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In % * 10/05 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre % * 10/06 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn % * 10/07 - Orlando, FL - The Social % * 10/08 - Sunrise, FL - Langerado Festival 10/10 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club % * 10/11 - Baltimore, MD -Ottobar % * 10/12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall %
# w/ Suckers % w/ Other Lives * w/ Yawn
Mountaintops track list:
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
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