Listen: No Monster Club – El Diablo / Parrot Time

March 10th, 2017 by

No Monster Club’s adherence to the weird and wonderful continues to be an inspiration. Ever colourful and with a vibrant musical output, it’s pleasing to see that their latest venture is a compelling one – namely, a brand new two-track EP that sees its release on the 1st of each new month. OK, so it’s the […]


Our Krypton Son – Fleas & Diamonds

March 10th, 2017 by

Derry’s Our Krypton Son, aka Chris McConaghy, has today released a thing of immense beauty with his sophomoric effort Fleas & Diamonds. A singer-songwriter in the truest sense of the craft, McConaghy traverses 12 tracks of intense personal reflection and emotional evaluation, tied together in arrangements that are as sweeping as they are melodic. A deft lyricist, […]


Hiva Oa – Jonny Brazil

March 9th, 2017 by

One of State’s beloved Faces of 2017, Hiva Oa effortlessly strike the perfect balance between heavy and melodic – perhaps no better represented by the emotionally challenging ‘Jonny Brazil’, which is taken from their September 2016 EP mkII (Part 1). Now, the track has a brand new video that State is delighted to premiere. Fittingly poignant, given yesterday’s […]


What’s on Other Voices this Week?

March 9th, 2017 by

Last week saw some tremendous performances from Girl Band, Rusangano Family, Margaret Glaspy, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley, and Fangclub, but there’s still more Other Voices ground to cover. Given that this is their 15th series, the quality remains high. Tonight, at 23.25 on RTE2, there will be a special showcase of Irish talent […]


The Amazons

March 6th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are The Amazons and we are from sunny sunny Reading. Who are your favourite artists from home? From Reading, Sundara Karma are great. From the UK generally we like Cupids, who’re out on tour with us this month. What’s it really like touring? It’s fun, it’s […]


The Winter Passing announce new EP and tour

March 3rd, 2017 by

The Winter Passing will release a new EP Double Exposure on April 21st and will take in a string of live shows across Ireland and the UK. Fittingly, Whelan’s will host their first Irish show on the 29th of April, with tickets available now from WAV. With Double Exposure, the punk / alt-rock quartet are tipped to create “an incredibly dynamic release that effortlessly […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 28th, 2017 by

Last week was as exceptional as ever from the Other Voices camp, with performances by Gregory Porter, Sample Answer, Le Galaxie, Pixie Geldof, and Cry Monster Cry. There’s still more to come as the series continues, and State are delighted to be able to preview each new episode before it airs. Tune in to RTE […]


Bad Bones..”Sound and vision come hand in hand for me”

February 28th, 2017 by

Set to perform alongside John Cummins, Valerie Francis, Holly Pereira, and Lime & Fancy DJs this Friday to kick off Hennessy Lost Fridays at the RHA, Bad Bones, aka Sal Stapleton, talks us through her influences, artistic vision, live show, and more. What was it that drew you to making electronic music in the first place? Can you […]


Carla Dal Forno – The Grand Social, Dublin – in photos

February 24th, 2017 by

Killian Broderick wrote like 10, 000 words about Carla Del Forno’s recent show in The Grand Social Dublin. Well, not ACTUAL words, but like the visual equivalent. These class photos (worth 1000 words, that old adage, sorry). Also captured in a digital photographic prism was support act Somerville.  


Group Zero – Structures and Light

February 24th, 2017 by

Usually found fronting Belfast quartet Girls Names, Cathal Cully’s debut foray into solo territory sees its release today. Under the guise of Group Zero, Cully’s first album proper is called Structures and Light and emerges via Belfast’s Touch Sensitive label, our recent partners for Output Belfast. Something of a sonic departure for Cully, the record is […]


Dioscó na mBó – Vanua (ft. Vėtra)

February 23rd, 2017 by

It’s always a treat when a track so strong, yet so simple, lands in the abyss of the State mailbox. Such is the case with ‘Vanua’, a silky, trip hop-esque cut from Sligo’s Dioscó na mBó, the trio of  Steven Conway, Rory Selby-Smith, and Jack Selby-Smith. Known for their penchant for analogue textures, as much […]


Listen to new music from At The Drive In

February 22nd, 2017 by

Back once again, At The Drive In have shared details of new album in • ter a • li • a – their first since Relationship of Command – as well as shared a new track in the form of ‘Incurably Innocent’, which follows up December’s ‘Governed By Contagions’. in • ter a • li • a is due out on […]


What’s On Other Voices This Week?

February 22nd, 2017 by

As the series continues to showcase the best of Irish and international music, we’re previewing each new episode ahead of its airing. Last week, there were stellar performances (and enlightening chat) from Conor Oberst, Carson McHone, Kojey Radical and Overhead, The Albatross. Some lineup, eh? This week, we have the sensational voice of Gregory Porter to look forward to. One […]