Led Zeppelin’s Last Three

July 31st, 2015 by


Inevitably, after the re-lived joy of Led Zeppelin’s first six albums released in all their “deluxe” glory, we come to this, the final triptych in the Zep legend. Here’s where the story ends. The final three offerings, one of which is a compilation of outtakes that spans their career, have never been held in the […]

011 – Kíla

July 29th, 2015 by

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One of this country’s most enduring bands, it’s now 28 years since Kíla first came into existence. In the interim they have released eight studio albums, toured the world, collaborated with a host of creative individuals, staged some amazing live shows and recored a number of film soundtracks – including the recently Oscar nominated Song […]

Fears – Won

July 28th, 2015 by

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The solo guise of Constance from confrontational, feminist, animal welfare band Mhaol, Fears is a very different musical proposition. Written, recorded and produced by the musician, new track ‘Won’ is released on Friday. Listen to it below.

Third Smoke – Ms. Summer Breeze

July 28th, 2015 by

Third Smoke, Mercantile, Dublin by Leah Carroll_7

Already a radio favourite following its release earlier in the year, Third Smoke’s ‘Ms. Summer Breeze’ now comes complete with a new, stop motion video. Watch it below and see them live at Le Cheile Arts and Music Festival and the Electric Picnic over the rest of the summer. Third Smoke photographed for State by […]

Outblinker – Pink (Machines In Heaven MIX)

July 27th, 2015 by


Outblinker are quite the breath of fresh air. Exemplifying that a band is more than the sum of its parts and firmly rooted in intensive electronica, Krautrock, post-punk and with a distinct analog sensibility, the Glaswegian five-piece are currently working on their debut album with Fuck Buttons/Blanck Mass’ Ben Powers. In the meantime, and in […]

B Dolan…”Releasing the album is an intense process”

July 23rd, 2015 by


Having just released Kill The Wolf, his self-produced third full-length album, Rhode Island native and underground orator B. Dolan was kind enough to answer our probes on his process for his new, savagely original album, his thoughts on the perils of promotion and what he’s digging at the minute. Was waiting 5 years to release […]

Shrug Life – Funderland

July 23rd, 2015 by


With their new EP The Grand Stretch set for release this Saturday, July 25th (and a launch show in Bello Bar…), Shrug Life have shared the video for ‘Funderland’, the second single taken from the forthcoming release.  More than slightly breakneck and wildly infectious, ‘Funderland’ displays all the promise heard on ‘Chewing Gum Breakfast’ but readily ups-the-ante […]

010 – Popical Island Collective

July 22nd, 2015 by


There’s a lot of talk about independent music these days, but few have ploughed their own path as successfully as the Popical Island Collective. Formed five years ago with the intention of releasing a few of their own records, they have gone onto become a thriving cottage industry through compilations, gigs, tours and two Choice […]

Longitude 2015

July 22nd, 2015 by

Le Galaxie, Longitude, By Leah Carroll_9

“How was the first day of Longitude?” “Hot and wet.” “Cool. And what was the weather like?” “LOL.” A text conversation there with another journalist as the first day of Longitude came to an end; both a joke and an all too accurate description of the day. Friday in Marlay Park was plagued/gifted with hot […]

Bitch Falcon – TMJ (live at Press Record)

July 22nd, 2015 by

Bitch Falcon supporting Fucked Up, Hangar, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

Having headlined our Faces of 2015 launch show in January, Bitch Falcon have had a pretty good year so far. Available from today, ‘TMJ’ is their third release and shows a band developing fast. Here’s a live session version, recorded by the good people at Press Record. Photo: Olga Kuzmenko

State’s Faces of Oxfam @ Electric Picnic ’15

July 21st, 2015 by

Robocobra Quartet at State Faces 2015 launch by Kieran Frost

We had such a blast hosting the Saturday night on the Oxjam Stage at last year’s Electric Picnic that we’re more than delighted to have been asked back to do it all over again later this summer. Joined once more across the weekend by Abner Browns and Homebeat and supporting Oxfam Ireland, our brief this […]

Blacklisters – Shirts

July 21st, 2015 by


Recent signees to Derry’s Smalltown America label, home of Axis Of, Carnivores and Jetplane Landing, Leeds quartet Blacklisters are in serious company, and they have a sound to match any of their label brethren. Relentlessly heavy and with a visceral aesthetic that pile-drives through the brain, Blacklisters’ brand of hardcore should see them do well over the […]

In Blum

July 16th, 2015 by


Despite the loud cheers from critics around the world, two of the greatest horror movies of the last decade still managed to slip under the radar for most cinema-goers. Earlier this year, It Follows was released to the Rotten Tomatoes equivalent of a standing ovation, with critics around the world (including yours truly) unable to […]