Mates of State is the husband/wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. They quit their day jobs (teacher and cancer researcher) in 2001, got married, and hit the road bringing their love to the rest of the world. Mates of State has been described by critics as "unabashed joy," "honesty at its best," a "two piece with balls" and "a band you must see live." Their live show has amassed a reputation worldwide as a uniquely joyous experience - capacity crowds smiling, dancing and singing along with every word.
The he and she music factory have confirmed the May 2008 release and track listing for their fifth full length album, "Re-Arrange Us." "Re-Arrange Us" also features the most complex packaging of any Mates of State release to date. The reversible and multi-layered cover art allows fans to “Re-Arrange” it into no less than eight different configurations.
The packaging of "Re-Arrange Us" could well be seen as a reflection of the growing complexity of Mates of State’s music. While, until recently, Jason and Kori have performed exclusively as a duo, Mates of State have never failed to generate a trademark wall of sound built on dozens of varied voicings of keys, drums, and alternately lushly layered and playfully dueling vocals. On "Re-Arrange Us" they move beyond these boundaries with additional instrumentation-not to mention a quantum leap in song craft apparent on instantly indelible gems like “Now,” “Jigsaw” and “Get Better.” Throughout "Re-Arrange Us," Kori’s piano and the emergence of both Mates’ lead vocals from their trademark harmonizing signal the next stage of Mates of State’s evolution.