ince the founding of The Amalgamates in 1984, the mates have put out an album in an effort to capture and culminate the past two years of hard work and fun. We like to think of our albums as "yearbooks," not only reminding us of the popular music at the time, but also of memories and sentiments associated with particular songs. The Mates just released our 11th album, PRIME. This album is an eclectic mix of music ranging from Foo Fighters, to Radiohead, to Pat Benetar. We have been known to be a group with a warm, natural sound and this album, though high in energy, was recommended as one for the purists.