Mates of State

Friday, April 17

The music written and performed by Mates of States is a metaphor for the ideal marriage. Vocal are sung in harmony and the instrumentals are tender without sounding melodramatic, resulting in songs that are both upbeat and layered. These aren't cheesy love songs about the world's most perfect relationship; they're compositions that reflect a focus on happiness and appreciation more than tension and disputes. This then raises the question: Is the real-life marriage between Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, the only two members of Mates of States, truly as harmonic as the band's music? It's a hard question to answer, but songs like "For the Actor" give some indication. In tandem, Gardner and Hammel sing: "You put your life on hold as we interest one another/

Two steps closer to the level I imagined/ I remember when it poured and you sang to me in summer/ It's a fantasy." If only all musicians — and lovers — could be so happy.

Fri., April 17, 8 p.m., 2009

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