Participant shares new single ‘Next Year’

April 21st, 2017 by

Taken from his rather excellent Sampler cassette, ‘Next Year’ is the latest release from Stephen Tiernan’s Participant project – seemingly, the musical gift that keeps on giving. The follow up to ‘Your Better’, which saw a hauntingly beautiful visual accompaniment from Bob Gallagher, as well as an expansive remix by Conor O’Brien of Villagers, ‘Next Year’ finds Tiernan “exploring […]


Fiction Peaks..”The songs generally dictate the landscape of the recording”

April 21st, 2017 by

With a debut full-length in Citizen having landed today, we caught up with Joey Doyle, frontman and chief songwriter of alt-indie band Fiction Peaks. Charting their journey from solo effort to group outfit, the recording and writing process behind the new LP, and what’s on the cards for the rest of 2017, read the interview below, and have […]


Via: Barvikha – Chris Ryan

April 18th, 2017 by

Certainly ramping things up in terms of volume and presence since last we heard about his solo venture, Via: Barvikha, aka Chris Leckey, is breaking new sonic ground with his latest effort Chengdu. Formerly a member of Belfast hardcore outfit PigsAsPeople, Leckey’s step towards a more delicate harmonic balance with his output last year hasn’t diminished the urgency or jagged edge […]


Women’s Work 2017 Programme announced for Belfast

April 11th, 2017 by

Now in its second year, Women’s Work – the festival which celebrates the vibrancy of women’s contributions to the sonic arts – has revealed the details for its 2017 programme. First formed to raise the visibility of women who are generally in the minority in music – hosting a range of activities that are open […]


Belfast’s AVA Festival bolsters conference lineup

April 5th, 2017 by

AVA Festival‘s Conference portion has really taken shape. Joining the lineup for a series of workshops, panels and talks across the two days are Jeff Mills, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, R&S Records founder Renaat Vandepapeliere, Native Instruments, Moxie, New Jackson and Resident Advisor. Four Four Magazine, as well as This Greedy Pig will also be joining the conference […]


Hit Parade – Shake of Hands (The Heart)

April 5th, 2017 by

When they reunited in 2016 to mark their 10 year anniversary, Hit Parade performed a charity gig at Dublin’s Workman’s Club, recorded a new song, and filmed an accompanying short film. Now seeing its release, State is delighted to present ‘Shake of Hands (The Heart)’, a cut of substantial 90s indie jangle that leans towards the […]


Frances

March 30th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? I’m Frances and I’m from Newbury in Berkshire. Who are your favourite artists from home? Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware. What’s it really like touring? Fun!! It’s one big holiday with your best friends. What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Dublin, obviously!! What’s your ideal festival line-up? […]


Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival launches 2017 Programme

March 30th, 2017 by

Always on hand to inject some music, film, theatre, comedy, and more into Belfast on a biannual basis, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival has revealed its 2017 programme. Kicking off on the 27th of April, and running until the 7th of May, the festival takes over various venues around the city’s much-loved hub for all things creative. […]


Listen to two new tracks from Ryan Vail for World Piano Day

March 29th, 2017 by

In celebration of World Piano Day (WHAT? You DIDN’T know?), Derry’s modern-composer maestro Ryan Vail has recorded two new(ish) tracks in celebration. As comfortable on the ivories as he is the synthesiser’s rotary controls, Vail has delivered ‘We Drift We Wake’, which is brand spanking new, as well as ‘East Berlin’, a “rework of [Vail’s] track that […]


What’s on Other Voices this Week?

March 28th, 2017 by

Having traversed not one, but two excellent SXSW specials, Other Voices returns to our shores for a showcase from Electric Picnic. Great news, indeed, but a double-edged sword in that this episode is the final in a series that has seen some illuminating performances from bands and artists making waves at home and afar. The […]


Watch: Fiction Peaks – ‘Before the End’

March 28th, 2017 by

Set to release their debut album Citizen on Friday 21 April, Dublin five piece indie outfit Fiction Peaks have just dropped a two track EP preview of the record, featuring singles ‘Before The End’ and ‘Jinx’. The former, a slow-burning, gauzy melodic excursion has now been delivered with an accompanying found-footage video directed by Dublin artist Colm Giles. Invoking the […]


What’s On Other Voices this Week?

March 23rd, 2017 by

The dust hasn’t settled quite yet on SxSW, and of course last week’s Other Voices showcased special performances from the Texas multi-venue music extravaganza. But that was only the first part, and tonight there’s more sonic snippets from home and abroad to take in. This, the 15th series of Other Voices, continues to shine a […]



Win tickets to Car Seat Headrest at the Academy, Dublin

March 22nd, 2017 by

One of the USA’s finest indie exports in recent years, Car Seat Headrest have been quietly cultivating a growing Irish fanbase with serious gusto off of the back of 2016’s Teens of Denial. Now set to play two Irish dates at the end of March, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to […]