Mates of State & Bagheera
Because yesterday I posted some tracks from Work Clothes, it got me thinking about some of the other husband and wife teams that I’ve been listening to lately: Mates of State, since their new album just came out a couple of weeks ago, and Bagheera, who are working on their 2nd LP.
Seamus and I saw Mates of State perform a pretty rad concert in a tiny rec-room down at UC San Diego about 3 years ago when My Solo Project came out. I’m a big fan of their harmonizing, almost screaming pop vocals because their songs are endlessly fun to sing in the shower for both of my personalities. MOS coerces such an amazing sound out of just an organ, a drum kit, and those voices, which can also be fun in the shower.
- Listen to “Fraud in the 80’s” off of their new album Bring it Back
Bagheera is a St. Louis band fronted by real-life couple Heather Dallape and Theodore Moll. The couple have been lovingly creating music together since 1999 and just last year they took a break to lovingly create a person. Rumor has it they have a new album brewing also. Heather and Theo also do the whole harmony thing and he plays drums, but she plays geetar and their sound is definitely different from MOS. The love of science is quite apparent, if not just from the song titles.
Fun fact #1: Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel got married to the dulcet tones of Pinback’s “Loro”. Isn’t that awesome?
Fun fact #2: Bagheera is also the panther, Mowgli’s protector, in The Jungle Book. Isn’t that awesome?