Words by Melissa “Sausage” Cox. Photos by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon.
Lovers of all things breakfast, I would like to introduce you to our new staff writer, Melissa “Sausage” Cox. Melissa is originally from Baytown but is enjoying Dallas to the extreme. We’re honored to have you join the musical melee, Sausage. –HashBrowns
Mates of State produces sugar-pop, harmonic melodies that I always put on when I want to be in a good mood. Not only is their music feel-good, but their story is too. The duo, made up of Kori Garner and Jason Hammel, met and played music together because they loved it, and, as such stories go, they fell in love and got married. Their first album was released 10 years ago, so the crowd at the Granada was quite a mixture of young and old, hipster and regular music lovers, and a little heavy on the females.
The night opened with a performance from a magician, which I sadly missed, even though I’m told it wasn’t very good. I also only caught the last 30 seconds or so of Free Energy, the opening band. I made my way down to the front for the show.
Mates of State’s beginning albums featured just the two of them in their drum/keyboard set-up. Their last few albums have a more robust sound with more instruments, so, for their live shows, they have two other people tour with them; one plays guitar and the other an assortment of instruments.