There’s a rich history of exes making beautiful music together, but what makes TeamMate’s story particularly compelling is how insurmountable drummer Dani Buncher and singer-keyboardist Scott Simons’ break up seemed. One day they were daydreaming about growing old together, and the next, Dani came out to her boyfriend; the two had been dating for a full decade.
If there were one song to signify the story of TeamMate, it would be the first single off their debut EP of the same title, “Sequel.” The song is a reflection on a modern love that aches beneath shimmering synths. It is “the happiest break-up song ever,” says Dani, “and literally says where we are as a couple.” At heart, TeamMate is therapy. “Sometimes, I say stuff in songs that we’d never say in person,” admits Scott. Despite his compositions’ weighty themes, the melodies, inspired by Dani’s drumming, are surprisingly upbeat.
The Sequel EP (2013), mixed by Phil Tan, charted on CMJ (reaching #134). The EP includes the song “LA Winter,” a sample of which is featured on hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa’s album “O.N.I.F.C.”
TeamMate’s latest single “Love Is Love” is an anthem released in celebration of the decision to reverse Prop 8 and DOMA. Scott says, “While we were a couple for 10 years, a lot of people asked when we were getting married. After Dani came out to me and we broke up, people only asked me when I was getting married. Overnight, we were no longer equal. DOMA and Prop 8 were wrong. We still have work to do in 2/3 of the country to make things right but we are ecstatic with the Supreme Court rulings and offer up this song to help celebrate.”