Ships – Precession

May 12th, 2017 by

Imagine you’ve just sat down to watch a film and the first few people on screen have mullets, Jheri curls and Flock of Seagull style haircuts. The clothes are an assortment of high-shoulder pads and rolled-up suit jacket sleeves and lots of random colourful adornments. It may (or may not) take a while but eventually […]

Future Islands – The Far Field

April 13th, 2017 by

Unfortunately for nearly all bands there is no guarantee of reward after a career’s worth of heavy lifting and back-breaking pipework. It’s an age-old tale: persevere, scrape barrels for crowds and eventually, all going to plan, make a few quid. In modern times you would often see musicians very quickly cashing in and running for […]

H.Grimace – Self Architect

April 7th, 2017 by

London-based H.Grimace’s debut album Self Architect is a moody, complex collection of songs. The kind of short, unapologetically post-punk songs that work well as instrumentals as well as providing the sonic backdrops for lyrical and poetic musings; all of which feature here to decent effect and all of which are threaded with a lush take […]

Otherkin Release Video for ‘Bad Advice’

April 7th, 2017 by

 As they gear up for what promises to be a Summer like no other, one-time Faces licentiate Otherkin have just released their new video for ‘Bad Advice’. And it’s savage! With a (deserved) support slot at Guns ‘n’ Roses Slane Castle extravaganza and various UK festival appearances to keep themselves busy over the coming […]

Further Details Of Body & Soul Released

April 4th, 2017 by

“The” festival for the nation’s culture-hungry and left-of-centre, not to mention the generally sound among us, Body & Soul, has upped the ante with an altogether eclectic roster of artists and events. With only Tier 3 tickets left – and thankfully these can be paid for in installments – we would strongly advise those of […]

Pale Waves

March 31st, 2017 by

So who are you and where are you from? I’m Heather from Pale Waves, we’re from Manchester. How did the band come together? Ciara and I started the band about three and a half years ago now… We spent about two of those years just writing together before Charlie and Hugo joined. Then we gigged […]

Looking Svelte – Gelatine

February 21st, 2017 by

Polymath and former Faces alumni Ryan Burrowes (Robocobra Quartet / Abandcalledboy) has just released a new EP under the guise of Looking Svelte. A beautiful hybrid of woozy depths and eclectic highs, this experimental and colourful nugget is a welcome balm to the slate-gray end of Winter. You can have a listen – and […]

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live

February 21st, 2017 by

Living legend and birthday cake aficionado Brian Wilson will be performing the Beach Boys’ opus Pet Sounds live, in sequence and in its entirety in Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre for what may be the last time on July 25th. As far as classic albums go this one is a legitimate contender on the mantle of […]

Watch Bitch Falcon’s New Video Here

February 21st, 2017 by

Hands up who loves Bitch Falcon? Good, this one’s for you…. Their new video for ‘Clutch’ is produced and directed by Allyn Quigly from Spice Burger we agree that this is as close to seeing the band live as you can get without leaving your seat. Truly amazing stuff.

Choice Music Prize Shortlist Announced

January 11th, 2017 by

If anybody ever asks you to explain the Irish music scene in three words you could do much worse than use ‘Choice’, ‘Music’ and ‘Prize. Preferably in that order. Leaving the winners aside for now, the extensive list of nominees is possibly the best snapshot of how diverse the musical landscape here has been since […]

Cast’s John Power..”I get that, the whole nostalgia thing”

December 8th, 2016 by

Ahead of a string of Irish dates before Christmas, John Power of legendary Liverpool indie-rock outfit Cast chats to State’s Steven Dunne about refreshing the band, recording the new album, and how Britpop was much bigger than the sum of its parts. Cast have been back since 2010, how have the last six years changed […]

Super Furry Animals — The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 6th, 2016 by

If you are a Super Furry Animals fan and were present in the Olympia tonight what you just saw was two albums’ worth of weird, visceral, beautiful SFA madness, standard enough. What struck that elusive, most resonant psychedelic chord was that the majority of tonight’s highlights come in the form of songs rarely ever played […]

Glass Animals – The Olympia, Dublin

November 2nd, 2016 by

Seemingly graduating through small to mid-sized venues via festival circuits Glass Animals appear at ease on-stage in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre tonight. The Oxford 4-piece whose second album has only just arrived in August of this year have a confident and obviously talent-rich collective presence so their much anticipated return to Ireland heralds their second wave […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor — Vicar Street, Dublin

August 26th, 2016 by

While the hum from the stage widens into disparate but slightly threatening constituent parts, Godspeed You! Black Emperor assemble in front of a nearly-packed Vicar Street and a mesmerising display of analogous projector images. Eight or nine songs later there is a palpable sense of disarray coming from some of the crowd; presumably it is […]