Bring it Back (2006) Married Mates of State-ers Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel may be groupie-unfriendly (we assume), but musically they couldn't be more joyously welcoming. Indeed, on their… 2006-03-21 Mates of States Indie Rock
Music Review

Bring it Back (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 21, 2006; Lead Performance: Mates of States; Genre: Indie Rock

Married Mates of State-ers Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel may be groupie-unfriendly (we assume), but musically they couldn't be more joyously welcoming. Indeed, on their fourth LP, Bring it Back, they can sound like a downsized version of the dementedly upbeat Polyphonic Spree. But they also make imaginative use of their spartan keyboards/drums/ vocals lineup with ''So Many Ways,'' ''For the Actor,'' and ''Fraud in the '80s'' all re-proving the White Stripes' less-is-more point.

Originally posted Mar 24, 2006 Published in issue #870 Mar 31, 2006 Order article reprints