Mates of State Kick it Live
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Before rockin' a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom, Kori Gardner of Mates of State gave Tweed the skinny on 2004 and what to expect from 2005.
Bill: Basically, 2004 was a big year for Mates of State--with the DVD, a new EP, changes in your personal life, obviously, the baby, lots of touring--you may be the busiest couple of all time. Lets start off first with the DVD. If nothing else, it certainly gives the fans an intimate look at you guys as people as well as musicians. Briefly explain to us, what was your goal? Were you trying to reach out to the fans and bring them into your world?
Kori: We didn't really have a goal in mind when we made the DVD. Somebody just wanted to tape our live shows. We had never met him but we started letting him tape our shows and we became friends. We gave him some home videos of us from the last five years and then, he started editing it and we decided to make something of it. Really, it's such a small fraction of everything, you know. I think it gives an intimate look but, in my eyes, there is just so much more.
Bill: So, the EP, All Day--it is somewhat of a departure from Team Boo and your other releases. It seems to be a bit more complex. You've layered a few more tracks, you even have a guitar on there. What exactly brought about these changes to the sound?
Kori: I think part of it was that we got some recording equipment--listening back and changing things, editing that way instead of just playing things live for a year and then going into the studio to record it. We are starting to really change that about our writing process. We want to hear what we sound like before we go into the studio. Then we can get ideas for over-dubs before we go in instead of getting there and saying, "We don't have time to figure something else out--organ and drums and that's it." Now we have a little more freedom and flexibility.
Bill: I saw you guys live a little while back in Connecticut at the Knights of Columbus and you actually brought a guitarist out to play with you. Is this something we are going to see more from Mates of State? Is it gonna be a bigger live show? Or will you just do your own renditions?
Kori: We will just do our own renditions. I think every once in a while we will have friends come up. It depends on what town we are in like, in one town, we have a guy that plays tuba. We haven't decided if we want to tour with extra musicians yet because it adds a whole other element to touring. I guess it is just up in the air right now--nothing permanent for sure.
Bill: On the EP you do a cover of Bowie's "Starman," but you definitely make it your own, you add that signature Mates of State sound.
Bill: What brought on this cover? Just big Bowie fans?
Kori: Yea--just big Bowie fans. Funny thing--we covered "These Days" and right around then, The Royal Tenenbaums came out and it's in
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