I Remembering Discovering a Band, All By Myself
My early twenties were important self-actualization years, as it goes. I remember the day when I discovered Mates of State all by myself, without any help from my very-well-informed-hipster-before-we-called-them-hipster friends. It was a very important, magical moment for me.
The year was 2002, my graduation year. I discovered Mates of State’s first song Hoarding it For Home from an indie music site. It was from their 2002 debut record Our Constant Concern. I burned that little song with the ridiculous hooks onto a mix CD and the Constables and I listened to it on our Spring Break road trip to NC. I turned my ’90 Volvo’s crackly speakers up loud. But I was already hooked.
I had discovered a good band, all by myself. I remember feeling like a grown up for the first time.
Here is a most fantastic video another grown up made to their song “Goods” from the All Day EP. That EP from 2004 caused me to dance like an iguana all around our Portuguese flat in those days.