NEWS: Mates of State Covers Mixtape


We’ve been hearing rumors about this for awhile now, but we’ve finally got some details to give you about a new Mates of State album. It’s called Crushes (The Covers Mixtape), and it’ll be out sometime this summer. It’s a collection of assorted covers, ranging from Tom Waits to Girls, Belle & Sebastian to The Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie to Vashti Bunyan. Very cool. According to the Mates:

We’ve been talking about doing a covers record for a long time.  We’d hear a great song at 2 AM while driving the straight line from one part of Texas to the next, and all we’d want to do is play that song as if we had written it.  There are so many artists we considered, some for the mere fact that they wrote a perfect song, some for nostalgia’s sake, some because more people need to hear them, some for the challenge, and some to shed a whole different light on a song: Our light… make it a duet, more optimistic or maybe less traditional.

Get the track “Laura” for free in the box below. It’s pretty solid, and I love the liberty they’ve taken with the call-and-response lyrics in the middle. I think I’m going to love this record.

Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) tracklist:

1. Laura (Girls)

2. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)

3. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)

4. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)

5. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)

6. Love Letter (Nick Cave)

7. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)

8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)

9. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)

10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)


  1. Joe’s avatar

    Oh man, MOS covering Mars Volta?! Any band covering Mars Volta is worth a listen. The anticipation is killing me!


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