Interview: Ham Sandwich

March 13th, 2008 by

Some bands form at school, some at university, while others get together through a chance meeting in a pub. The Meteor Award-winning Ham Sandwich, however, decided that music was their destiny at a crucifixion party one Easter night in Kells. It figures. Of all of the bands doing the rounds in Ireland at the moment, […]


NME Awards: Shock and Snore

March 3rd, 2008 by

The NME Shockwave (very important that bit) Awards came into my life not by design but by accident. Having found myself in the relatively rare situation of being awake late on a Friday night (parent of a certain age and all that) and discovering that ‘Later’ was full of jazz..


State Magazine – Issue One

February 26th, 2008 by

As I write, we’re spending a – shall we say focused – Tuesday afternoon in the State offices applying the finishing touches to the first issue of State Magazine, so it seems like as good a time as any to let you know a little of what is coming your way.


The Brits 2008

February 21st, 2008 by

The biggest night in UK music awards ceremonies, The Brits took place last night. Phil spent the night watching it.


Tabloid Hell

February 7th, 2008 by

For those operating in the world of tabloid journalism, the last few weeks in the world of music have been manna from heaven. Seldom have so many pop stars slide into the world of disaster at the same time – from Amy and her drug dabbling, Cheryl and her errant husband (pop and football – result) and Britney and, well, everything.


Bob Mould – District Line

January 30th, 2008 by

What does Bob Mould mean to you? If you’re of a certain vintage he will forever be one of the driving forces behind Husker Du, the band that influenced a generation of US guitar bands without ever selling very many records.


News: SXSW Irish artists announced

January 23rd, 2008 by

The Irish contingent for the South by Southwest festival in Texas has been announced along with the line-up for Canadian Music Week, Toronto. State has all the details.


Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree

January 23rd, 2008 by

Few things in life are certain, things in the music industry even less so. Those involved with Goldfrapp, however, must have thought they were on to a sure commercial thing with the follow up to the shiny pop beast that was Supernature. So all conquering – both critically and commercially – that only a fool or a true eccentric would mess with the formula.