Mates of State Kick it Live
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bout our country is going down hill and we are going to be paying for it for years and years. The whole education system...
[Heads nod in agreement]
Kori: Health care is gonna suck for us. Our parents are gonna have a horrible time growing old, not to mention the entire world state of affairs. And not to downplay the war but there are just so many other domestic issue people should have thought about during the election.
Bill: You talk about other domestic issues--I just wanna bring one up. The whole gay marriage issue is under attack right now. It was such a big deal during the election and now, Gerald Allan is proposing a bill to end any state funding for books or materials that may portray gay marriage in a positive or respectable light.
Kori: That's horrible.
Bill: He actually suggested digging a hole and throwing them in.
Kori: You know, I would normally say that that guy would get nowhere with what he's doing but now, I don't know--Bush got reelected. It's sad. It's just crazy that that's even an issue. I think we all just live in this bubble--we all are focused on music and stuff. It's hard to fathom...
Bill: So how do you feel about bands and musicians that incorporate socially and politically motivated lyrics?
Kori: Its great, I mean, if that's what you're passionate about. You should be honest. Our lyrics are just so personal and, even if there is something political in them, it's hard to decipher. But we definitely care about all that too. We are just not as blunt about it. But I think it's great and more people should do it. Some bands--that's just who they are.
Bill: Lets talk about your sound for a minute. It's definitely unique. Do you think it's been a big contributor to your success?
Kori: I think it's helped us but it's also hurt us. I'd rather be unique and not as accessible but, at the same time, some people have used the word "novelty" and that offends me. I mean, it's important to me for a band to be unique...
Bill: When it comes to song writing, is it a collaborative process?
Kori: We used to go to the songwriting space together and do a lot of it there. But recently, we do a little of that and a little bit of playing on our own, playing to the other person, scrapping some, changing some and then going back to the practice space. So there is a lot more editing going on. I think that will definitely change the sound a bit--it's fun because we never used to do that.
Bill: So basically, here we have a married couple, has a baby and moves to CT--I assume and hope this does not mean you are settling down? Has the rockin' only just begun?
Kori: We are not settling down. Touring this year and the new record coming soon. We are not slowing down.
Stewart Smith contributed to this interview. All photographs by Laura Salierno
--William T. Wallace
Friday, 28 January 2005
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