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. […]


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 […]

Indiependence ’18 tickets go on sale

November 6th, 2017 by

It may be a little early, but not ones to buck the current trend of getting the festival ticket sales flowing, Cork’s Indiependence has released its first batch for 2018’s outing. The Deer Farm shindig is set to take place from 3-5 August 2018, and following on from a sold-out string of performances from the […]

Watch: Malojian – ‘Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home’

October 31st, 2017 by

Taken from his recent, most excellent new full-length Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home, Malojian (Northern Irish singer-songwriter treasure Stephen Scullion) has shared the video for the title track and it’s really quite beautiful. Shot and directed by Belfast filmmaker and photographer Colm Laverty (who also filmed a documentary with Malojian around the recording of the latest album), […]

Electric Picnic 2017

September 14th, 2017 by

Few festivals have the power to unite quite like Electric Picnic. While the rest of the Irish festival landscape is divided by its own particular cultural or geographical niches, EP is the one gathering where you will find representatives of every Irish archetype existing in perfect harmony. From the battle-ravaged hippies speaking with misty eyed […]

Electric Picnic 2017 Full Stage Times

August 30th, 2017 by

So here we are, once again drawing ever closer to Ireland’s most mammoth music and arts festival. Electric Picnic have pretty much knocked it out of the park in terms of lineup, as well as with their selection of non-music offerings taking place from 1-3 September in Stradbally. Read State’s preview here of our top picks […]

Tebi Rex x Elkin – She Hated Love Songs II

August 21st, 2017 by

The last in this year’s run of fine singles from our Faces of 2017 Tebi Rex, ‘She Hated Love Songs II’ is perhaps the duo’s most complete release yet, combining sweet pop melodies (courtesy of Elkin) and a hookier than hooky rap chorus. The video’s something special too, featuring Taylor Swift amongst others.

State’s Albums of 2017….so far

July 12th, 2017 by

The nights are drawing in, we’re deep into festival season and the kids are bored of being at home already – yes we’ve just passed the half way mark of the year and so it’s time to poll the State writing team as to what albums have floated their respective boats in the first six […]

Future Islands

July 10th, 2017 by

Black Box, Galway by David Molloy As one of Galway’s best venues is on track to be replaced with a larger, more upscale cultural hub by the time 2020 rolls around, the good people behind the Roisin Dubh must have sensed an opportunity to make the most of its last couple of years and get […]

Body & Soul ’17

June 30th, 2017 by

Music festivals at their core, are usually quite chaotic things when you really stop and think about it. You bring together a group of people, some young, some old and put together a line-up consisting of everything from hardcore trap rappers to seasoned DJs playing retro deep house for hours on end. Now, this isn’t […]