Mount Palomar

February 9th, 2018 by

In something of a tasty twist on our usual editorial routine, we’ve handed the reigns over to NI’s premier party-throwers, Twitch, to get contextual with Belfast analog fancier Neil Kerr. Neil, under the guise of his creatively poignant and sonically stirring Mount Palomar project, will support Or:la tomorrow night, Saturday 10th March, in the Menagerie. […]


State’s Faces of 2018

January 17th, 2018 by

It’s early on a Wednesday morning and we’re heading down memory lane, looking back over the past nine years of State’s Faces – our annual pick of what we feel are the best acts in the country at that moment in time. It began in 2009, not too shabbily if we do say so ourselves, […]


State’s Films of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 by

2017 was a better-than-average year for cinema – but, just about. It’s fair to say that, across the board, genre films exceeded expectations. The oft-eulogised romantic comedy was reinvigorated by The Big Sick; the MCU was refreshed by the new talent behind Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok; It managed to be both a successful horror […]


State’s Gigs of 2017

December 20th, 2017 by

It’s been a golden year for live music across Ireland, and we’ve been lucky enough to have see some heavy hitters reunited, as well as a fertile landscape of blossoming, homegrown talent. Thankfully, we’ve been well placed to attend and review the majority of those listed below, and as we approach 2018 under a slew […]


State’s Tracks of 2017

December 19th, 2017 by

By now we trust you’ve had time to digest our list of State’s Albums of 2017, lovingly compiled by our editorial team. The selection of their favourite tracks of the year inevitably acts as a companion piece but, weighing in at a mighty 100 songs, there’s much to discover here from the best singles, remixes […]


State’s Albums of 2017

December 19th, 2017 by

And so this is Christmas and what have we done this year? Well, we like to think we’ve brought you another twelve months of excellent music from across the globe – as well as taking to task those who fell short of what was required. We’ll leave those to one side for the moment, however, […]


Get festive with the new single from Wyvern Lingo

December 3rd, 2017 by

Partly written as a response to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘I Am A Rock’, the latest single from trio Wyvern Lingo – ‘Snow II’ – is a delectable taste of what to expect from the band’s forthcoming full-length due out in early 2018. A fitting title given the time of year, ‘Snow II’ is a lilting, […]


Hannah Peel

December 2nd, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Hannah Mary Peel. I was born in Craigavon and we lived near Lurgan… but somehow ended up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire for school… My family live back in Fermanagh now! I have a strange accent. Who are your favourite artists from home? SOAK / The Darkling Air […]


Buí

November 30th, 2017 by

Having launched new album Eugene mere days ago in Belfast, and with the Dublin launch set for tonight in The Underground Venue, get familiar with the melodic, fuzzy lo-fi indie of Buí. A relatively new project (birthed in June of this year), Buí is a collaboration between Josh Healy (Josh The Human), Joel Harkin, Lady Pocket Drummer Matt Soan, […]


Watch: Alien She – ‘Feed Me’

November 27th, 2017 by

Taken from their debut LP Feeler (out now via Art For Blind Records), get yer ears around the new track from Dublin garage-rock / punk trio Alien She. Firstly, because it rocks. Secondly, it rocks so much, we’re slightly concerned as to why we haven’t found and subsequently featured Aoife Mairead, Katie O’Neill, and Darragh McCabe before. […]


Moulettes

November 27th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Raevennan Husbandes & Hannah Miller from Moulettes – based in the South East of England. Who are your favourite artists from home? RH: Laura Mvula HM: Bunty Looping What’s it really like touring? RH: Really great. Could possibly be my favourite part of being a musician. HM: Lots of […]


Listen to new music from Cork-based experimental electronic artist Trick Mist

November 27th, 2017 by

We’ve featured the ethereal electronica / folk stylings of Cork based Gavin Murray before, mainly because we were so enamoured by his unusual approach to traditional folk arrangements. As Trick Mist, Murray wraps his hauntingly beautiful compositions in an angular sheen, offering the listener a juxtaposition of tones that eschew the norm. Latest offering ‘Fraction’ […]


Watch the new video for ‘Cruelest Animal’ by Cork’s The Sunshine Factory

November 24th, 2017 by

Cork neo-psych five-piece The Sunshine Factory have just recently released the new video for rather stellar single ‘Cruelest Animal’, taken from their upcoming EP of the same name (Nov 30). A blissfully hypnotic concoction of spaced-out drone and motorik rhythm, the track comes equipped with kaleidoscopic visuals from For Eyes Creatives. With the EP launch […]


Watch: Rory Nellis – ‘Wild’

November 10th, 2017 by

The last single to be taken from his new album There Are Enough Songs In The World, which launches tomorrow evening in the MAC, Belfast (info here), ‘Wild’ sees singular NI singer-songwriter Rory Nellis applying his familiar motifs of emotive chord progressions and atmospheric crescendos to proceedings. A continuation of sorts from previous efforts we’ve featured, musically, the track […]