As much as it can be a disappointment when some musicians refuse to evolve or progress their sound over time, I find that there are always certain bands that I simply don't want to see change. I'd much rather have them continue doing the same thing that they've been doing since day one. For me, Mates of State are one of those bands. This husband and wife duo have been writing cute and catchy pop songs for over 10 years now, using primarily a piano/organ and drums combination.
It seems like an unwritten rule that most two piece bands must eventually give in and add more members and instruments to vary their sound, but Mates of State have resisted this kind of progression and I'm totally okay with that. Their new album Re-Arrange Us may not be the strongest material they've ever written, but it definitely won't alienate any fans, and I can tell you with some certainty that I'm probably going to be listening to it all summer long. Re-Arrange Us hits stores this Tuesday (May 20th).
» Bonus Track: The Re-Arranger
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