Mates of State


Mates of State
You're Going To Make It
ADDS 6/16/15

Pitchfork: EP Preview

"Mates of State still love each other more than you'll ever love anything" - NOISEY album premiere

"Casting the heady swoon of courtship as a game of intense focus, "Staring Contest" practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love." - NPR song premiere

"Staring Contest is about young love, the kind that surfaces in an instant and is probably extinguished three weeks later once it’s no longer worthy gossip material and everyone involved is over it." - Stereogum track premiere

Mates of State’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.

On “Beautiful Kids,” the band speaks to how, even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: “We all just want to be seen, but we won’t look up from our screens so that we can be seen.” “Gonna Get It” and “I Want To Run” build off the same inspiring notion of the EP’s title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener “Staring Contest” speaks to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.

With yet another in a long history of brilliant music videos, the band will premiere a video for “Staring Contest” shortly after the release of You're Going To Make It.

In addition to a triumphant fifteen years as a band, Jason and Kori will star in their first ever full-length movie, titled Rumperbutts, which premiered on May 22.

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RIYL: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, New Pornographers, Metric, Matt and Kim, Rilo Kiley
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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