What with being a married couple and all, Mates of State have a more intimate connection than most bands. Fleet Foxes might be best buds or whatever, but do they whisper secrets into each other’s beards at night? Well, they might, but they probably don’t. The point is, an important quality of Mates of State is their intimacy. In December, they’re hoping to convey this intimacy to their fans in a series of concerts along the East Coast.
For this string of dates, the band will be touring as their “original” lineup, i.e. the duo of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner. This brings up certain questions. First of all, Mates of State had more than two members at some point? There is no other question. Anyway, the tour contains two shows at New York’s Mercury Lounge and a show with Ra Ra Riot in Hartford, Connecticut. Last year, the band released Mountaintops, which may well have featured more than two people on it. Really, I’m dumbstruck by this revelation!
Mates of State dates:
12.05.12 - New Haven, CT - Bar
12.06.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (early show)
12.06.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (late show)
12.07.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
12.09.12 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern (w/ Ra Ra Riot)
12.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.13.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
12.16.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
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