Warcraft: The Beginning

June 1st, 2016 by

Director: Duncan Jones Cast: Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Ruth Negga, Clancy Brown, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu Certificate: 12a Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date:May 30th There I was, primed and ready to unleash a terrible ‘More like SNORECRAFT, am I right?!’ gag to open this review when all of a […]

X-Men: Apocalypse

May 17th, 2016 by

Director: Brian Singer Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne Certificate: 12a Running Time: 144 minutes Release Date: May 18th 21 years ago, The Usual Suspects pulled off a trick later aped by Christopher Nolan and his hysterically overrated Inception; it convinced its viewers that an immediate repeat viewing of the […]

Grimes – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 18th, 2016 by

By now you will have read numerous reports of Grimes receiving several bouts of unwanted shock treatment as she bounced about the Olympia Theatre stage. Given the nature of this supercharged performance, it’s actually a somewhat fitting, if highly unpleasant, scenario. Debate has been raging as to whether or not it was indeed a bolt […]

Slipknot – SSE Arena, Belfast

February 18th, 2016 by

Arriving just as Suicidal Tendencies (still a thing, apparently) prowl the SSE Arena stage, State takes its notably comfortable seat as the veteran California thrash-funk outfit wind down with some nostalgia in the form of ‘How Will I Laugh Tomorrow’ and an extended version of ‘Pledge Your Allegiance’. Their energy is to be admired but it’s yet another Forgettable Metal or […]


October 2nd, 2015 by

Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotilliard, Paddy Considine and Sean Harris Certificate: 15a Running Time: 113 minutes Release Date: October 2nd The ‘X was born to play Y’ cliché is pretty well-worn but there are times when you find yourself with little choice but to lean right into it. In the case of […]

Brand New – Vicar Street, Dublin

September 24th, 2015 by

Over a two or three-day period in 2003, I found myself unable to rise from my bed. I was officially diagnosed with clinical depression the previous winter but it’s always been such an intangible ‘comes and goes’ malady that I often feel guilty ever placing the ‘D’ word upon myself. Still, over a decade ago, […]

Mogwai – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 22nd, 2015 by

As his off-stage persona and interview candour suggests, Stuart Braithwaite doesn’t waste his words – indeed, tonight under the roof of the Olympia Theatre, he will barely acknowledge his band’s 20th anniversary and instead offer sincere thanks after almost every song. He is as economical with his words as Mogwai are with their time. Though […]


June 18th, 2015 by

Director: Doug Ellin Cast: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven Certificate: 15a Running Time: 104 minutes Release Date: June 19th If Homeland had ended with Nicholas Brody detonating his suicide bomb in an underground bunker packed with important leaders, thus capping a tense, well-constructed tale at one season, we’d still […]

Fucked Up – Hangar, Dublin

May 26th, 2015 by

Arriving early to Hangar, State inadvertently catches Bitch Falcon sound checking and feels a touch embarrassed for intruding. The Dublin trio eventually battle through some sound issues and a slowly-emerging and polite crowd in tremendous fashion, their brand of sludge-covered grunge registering as both inspired tribute and inspirational statement. ‘Wolfstooth’ in particular proves quite the […]

Fucked Up…”on a horizon but without a map”

May 20th, 2015 by

If the breathless Mad Max: Fury Road makes one thing clear, it is that your well-oiled machine better have a damn good engine at the heart of it. Got a litany of war drummers at your disposal? Well, that helps too. In the case of Toronto hardcore massive Fucked Up, they make do for the […]

Public Service Broadcasting – Button Factory, Dublin

May 7th, 2015 by

It’s half four in the morning in a converted French airport hangar on a cold December night and Public Service Broadcasting are about to take to the stage. A friend mentions that he caught them a few months prior. “Gets old after about 20 minutes”, he notes. And so it proved. For all the London […]

Le Galaxie…”our idea was to be progressive but not terrible and modern”

April 20th, 2015 by

Given their aim to deliver the soundtrack of your summer, it’s fitting that Le Galaxie welcome State for midday libations atop an opulent hotel balcony beneath a blue sky and blazing sunshine. All that’s really missing are the appropriate tunes, the kind of which Le Club, the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Laserdisc Nights II from […]

Interpol – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 12th, 2015 by

Despite the rumblings of new music on their horizon, Los Angeles noise terrorists HEALTH stick largely to the same script tonight in the Olympia Theatre as the last time State caught them. That was almost two years ago at Forbidden Fruit and though they were ensconced in a tent, pervading sunlight and general mid-afternoon festival […]

Slipknot / Korn – 3Arena, Dublin

January 14th, 2015 by

“Imagine being irrelevant for 15 years, coming here and getting this reaction?” Not the knowing words of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, but those of Overhead, The Albatross bassist Joe Panama, who State happily finds themselves planted next to for this evening’s entertainment. He’s not far wrong. Davis, still clutching his H.R. Giger-designed mic-stand, looks and […]