March 21st, 2017 by

Having found a mutual love for the complex and the heavy within the Belfast gig scene, Danny McCelland and Charlie Cairns, aka WASPS, found little other option than to start their own math-rock outfit (the matching ASIWYFA tattoos a cosmic indicator of sorts). The result was a sound that is both brash and intricate, distilled promisingly […]

Watch: Mastodon – Show Yourself

March 16th, 2017 by

Not ones to shy away from the conceptually strange album, Mastodon continue the weirdness with a brand new video for latest offering ‘Show Yourself’. The track, which is taken from forthcoming new LP Emperor of Sand (out 31 March via Reprise), is a somewhat jovially macabre representation from director Robert Schober, who also directed 2011’s ‘Curl of the Burl’. Watch […]

Forbidden Fruit adds more acts to lineup

March 10th, 2017 by

Joining the likes of Moderat, Flying Lotus, Lisa Hannigan, Maceo Plex, NAO, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mall Grab, as well as headliners Aphex Twin (!!), Orbital (!!), and Bon Iver (!!), Booka Shade, Tycho, Jax Jones, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Fatima Yamaha, and Snakehips have been added to the already bursting Forbidden Fruit roster. Taking […]

Longitude add Stormzy, The Weeknd, Glass Animals, Skepta, Kaytranada & more

March 10th, 2017 by

Returning to Marlay Park from the 14th – 16th of July, Longitude is returning with some heavy-hitting headliners and a plethora of other artists and bands. Announced so far for the popular summer festival are Skepta, Jack Garratt, Kaytranada, Glass Animals, Mac Miller, Wiley, Dua Lipa, plus many more. Taking up headline duties on the Friday is Stormzy, while Saturday features The […]

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 […]