Concert Review: Mates of State at Beachland Ballroom

Lovin each other aint hard to do.
  • Lovin' each other ain't hard to do.

Sometimes dating coworkers leads to disaster, sometimes it leads to tightly arranged and perfectly harmonized riffs. 

The Mates of State, a husband-wife duo from Lawrence, KS, land in the latter category. Backed by a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, the band performed Monday night at the Beachland Ballroom. The set list straddled the band's past and present, weaving together old hits from their days at the University of Kansas with material from their latest album, Mountaintops.

Kori Gardner, on the keyboard, and husband Jason Hammel, playing drums, performed the band’s repertoire with a seamlessness stemming from intimate familiarity. “Ha Ha” from the album Team Boo, “My Only Offer” from Re-Arrange Us, and a variety of songs from Mountaintops like “Palomino” and “Sway,” highlighted a set list that had a roomful of faithful fans engaged from the beginning.