Mates of State Kick it Live
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that movie. We didn't realize it. Then we covered "Starman" and The Life Aquatic came out and "Starman" is in it. People are just gonna think we are copying Wes Anderson.
Bill: So now that you have a new baby, I can only imagine that changes everything. How exactly does the baby factor in? Has it changed your outlook on life and, consequently, the music?
Kori: Definitely my outlook on life but not so sure about the music. You know, having a kid certainly makes you have a little more clarity and get your priorities straight. I feel like I spent my twenties being selfish and doing everything for me. As soon as the baby came--I'm thirty now and I have to think about other people all the time. And I like it. It's a good feeling. But I don't know how it affects the music.
Bill: So maybe it sorta plays its way through subconsciously. But how about touring?
Kori: Touring is a whole different situation. We took an RV the first time we toured with her because I didn't want to be away from her very long. I'd go from the RV to do sound check then, right after, run back to the RV to be with her. So I didn't get the same tour experience as I used to--hanging out with people, getting to know people. Which was kinda great in a way because I really only had to focus on the fun part which is playing music. But everything is for the baby first. We have to adjust accordingly.
Stewart: Did you play for a long time while you were pregnant?
Kori: Yea, when we toured with The Strokes--that was the most pregnant that I was and we were playing for this huge crowd and definitely got some weird comments from people who didn't know who we were.
Bill: Now you guys have moved to East Haven, CT--have you gone there because you grew up in CT and you like it or ...
Kori: It's not that I like Connecticut. It's that we wanted to be on the East Coast, buy a house and tour the East Coast for a while. We toured the West Coast a ton. On the East Coast, there are so many more places to play and you can tour so quickly where on the West Coast you have to drive so far...So we wanted a change and my family is there and now we have a kid so we are happy to have my family around.
Bill: Last time we interviewed you, either you or Jason remarked, "Bush is a joke. He needs to be stopped. We need to oust him immediately. We didn't vote him in and it seems we cannot get him out."
Kori: That could have come from either of us.
Bill: Well, the big question is, after Bush's reelection--where do you see our country going?
Kori: Oh man, it's really hard to be optimistic. It's sad. I really thought that, with all the people that were anti-Bush and all the protests and musicians and celebrities that were against Bush--I was sure he was gonna lose. It was just a fact. That day--from then on--I had to take time off thinking about it because it's just depressing. A lot a
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