The minimalist indie pop duo Mates of State has been performing music for the past 15 years, releasing albums with Polyvinyl and later Barsuk while touring with bands such as Superdrag, the Anniversary, and Beulah. The band is the work of keyboardist and vocalist Kori Gardner and drummer and vocalist Jason Hammel, who were married in 2001. The couple’s vocal harmonies remain a mainstay of the accessible yet original Mates of State sound.
In 2008, Shawn Fogel adopted the name Golden Bloom for his solo project. Six years later, Golden Bloom is writing, arranging, and recording as a band, making heartfelt pop music that is dynamic, bombastic, and beautiful. Over the years, Golden Bloom has shared the stage with acts like Guster, Ben Lee, Robyn Hitchcock, Telekinesis, and David Bazan. Golden Bloom is currently working on a new full-length album.
Watch Mates of State perform “Now We’re Gonna Get It” live in this video: