New Katie Laffan video for ‘Tastemaker’

April 4th, 2017 by

Katie Laffan has always had a funky side to her indie pop songwriting, especially on debut EP Dead As Disco, but new single ‘Tastemaker’ ups the element yet again. Fleshing out her sound with Chic-style guitar stabs and undoubted disco rhythms, it’s guaranteed to make anyone want to get up and dance – not least […]

Tebi Rex – Everything You Say Is A Poem

February 9th, 2017 by

One of the things that has always attracted us to Tebi Rex is their individual way of doing things – from the very first Miley Cyrus referencing email they sent us. They’ve continued to plough their own admirably unique furrow over a number of releases, not least new track ‘Everything You Say Is A Poem’. With […]

Father John Misty, Participant, Munky & More

January 29th, 2017 by

While Zara Hedderman, our hard-working reviews editor and regular Videos of the Week introducer-person, enjoys a well deserved break, allow me (Aaron, State’s editor – hello!) to attempt a fitting preface to this selection of music videos we’ve dug over the past seven days. We’ve got Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ in there. Quite apt, really, […]

Faces ’17 launch at Whelan’s Ones to Watch

January 18th, 2017 by

Last week saw us launch our State Faces ’17 selection, with our twenty choices for the year ahead lovingly captured by our incredible photographic team. We were also delighted to have six of them – plus guests Sun.Set.Ships and Shrug Life – join us in Whelan’s on Friday night as part of their Ones To […]

David Bowie, Cate Le Bon, Foxygen & More

January 15th, 2017 by

New Year, new me. That’s how every January begins, a justification for the preceding weeks and months of indulgences or unsavoury behaviour. It’s a vague acknowledgement that you feel the need to change the traffic of your body and mind. But, how can everyone be expected to synchronise to reprogram themselves as they enter into […]

State’s Faces of 2017

January 12th, 2017 by

For a full year we sat around powerlessly watching the passing of sand. So many musical lights were extinguished as a remarkable number of heroes and legends took their final bow. We cannot recall a year like it, if we’re being honest. But there is no need to start rhyming off the names, we need […]

State’s Tracks of 2016

December 24th, 2016 by

Having listed our top films, albums and gigs of 2016, it’s time for the Christmas Party Playlist – State’s Tracks of 2016. We’ve had amazing new music from homegrown artists, absolute bangers from breakout acts, and a heap of emotive new offerings from long time favourites. All that’s really left to do now is just press play, […]

State’s Gigs of 2016

December 23rd, 2016 by

Between festival main stages and dark, sweaty back rooms, it’s been a fairly lucrative year for the Irish gig goer. Homegrown acts have been propelled to lofty new live heights, while our shores were graced by many longtime favourites and international breakout acts. Luckily, State’s team of writers and photographers are an exceptionally talented bunch and were […]

State’s Albums of 2016

December 18th, 2016 by

What makes an album special and exceptional? There are a few things that immediately set some records apart from the rest. Songwriting, feeling, originality, synergy between the songs. It has been said repeatedly that 2016 was an astounding twelve months for music across the genres. We saw the return of artists and bands who have excited […]

State’s Films of 2016

December 16th, 2016 by

Talk to anyone in casual conversation and the consensus was that 2016 was a pretty dud year for film. While music flourished with the return of Frank Ocean and farewells from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, cinema at times failed to excite, buoyed by the bloated excess of increasingly grim franchises, tie-ins and spin-offs. But outside […]

Listen: Katie Laffan – ‘Trophy’

October 11th, 2016 by

We’re hard at work putting together our Faces of 2017 list together as we speak, but we always like to keep an eye on those who have gone before. Katie Laffan’s first release since she made our 2016 list is a noticeable step forward from the sparky DIY pop of last year’s Dead As Disco […]

HWCH ’16

October 5th, 2016 by

It’s almost time for the annual three day celebration of Irish music that is Hard Working Class Heroes and once again State has scoured the schedule to bring you our pick of the 100 acts playing across eight venues. The likes of Bitch Falcon, Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, The Blizzards and Talos you’ll already know, […]

August Wells – Madness Is The Mercy

September 21st, 2016 by

Having released their first album, A Living And A Dying Game, August Wells – the duo of Kenneth Griffin, late of Rollerskate Skinny, on guitar and John Rauchenberger on piano – return with their sophomore effort Madness Is The Mercy. The album builds on their debut with solid songwriting and consistent production but, unfortunately, doesn’t go far […]

Electric Picnic 2016 – Sunday – In Review

September 13th, 2016 by

As day three dawns it’s a case of Sunday morning bleeding mercilessly into Sunday afternoon and a pinch of the old heavy heads as we take in Old Hannah aboard the good ship Salty Dog. Southern Gothic has never been so warming as the americana-folk outfit let their rhythmic alt-country wash over our ever-so-slightly pummelled brains. So far, […]