Teasers for Teasers and the Death of Movie Marketing

April 24th, 2015 by


Imagine you’re reading through your favourite movie review website (ahem), check out their review for the latest big budget blockbuster. You click on the link, and there it is: “Starring your favorite actor….. the role was so perfectly suited that it seems almost shocking that… some of the biggest set-pieces you can imagine, however they […]

September Girls

April 24th, 2015 by


There’s been an awful lot of activity in the September Girls camp of late, with a string of UK and Irish dates alongside A Place To Bury Strangers to follow their late 2014 Veneer EP. The band support the Cribs in Belfast and Dublin next month but first comes an appearance at the Yes Fest […]

Laura Doggett

April 23rd, 2015 by


Described by the Times as “pop’s most intriguing new female artist”, Laura Doggett is certainly staking a claim for our attention. Blessed with a striking voice, her music is dark and seductive, yet also rousing and upbeat. New EP Into The Glass comes our way on May 11th and State will make sure to check […]

Memories of a SxSW spent with Meltybrains?

April 22nd, 2015 by

Brian going out the window and across the street during the second Meltybrains? show.

As we look forward to the beginning of the summer festival season here at State and all of the opportunities for Irish bands and artists that it will undoubtedly include, how could we forget the amazing job that Meltybrains? (and more) did for showcasing Irish music at last months SxSW festival? Thankfully, our roving photographer […]

Old Hannah – West

April 22nd, 2015 by


Taken from their upcoming Iron and Wood EP, Old Hannah’s new single is an absolute beauty. Produced by Solar Bear / Leo Drezden’s Rian Trench – the EP also features guest musicians including Steve Wickham of the Waterboys – there’s clearly some major progression going on (the brass gives it a particularly delightful old time […]


April 21st, 2015 by

FMPflowers by Giorgia Mannavola Hi_Res

A darling of the Italian underground, Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo is a member of the electro-acoustic project Blind Cave Salamander along with Paul Beauchamp and cellist Julia Kent and of Almagest! with singer/actor Ernesto Tomasini, as well as being one of the founding members of the experimental cult band Larsen. A prolific performer and collaborator, he […]

Faces of May details

April 20th, 2015 by


We’re back to Saturday night for the next State Faces show at the Mercantile but some things stay the same, namely that we’ll be bringing you some of the best new music around for free. Our guests on May 9th come from both sides of the border and from across the musical spectrum. Belfast MC […]

Le Galaxie…”our idea was to be progressive but not terrible and modern”

April 20th, 2015 by


Given their aim to deliver the soundtrack of your summer, it’s fitting that Le Galaxie welcome State for midday libations atop an opulent hotel balcony beneath a blue sky and blazing sunshine. All that’s really missing are the appropriate tunes, the kind of which Le Club, the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Laserdisc Nights II from […]


April 17th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? I’m John Convertino from Calexico, living in El Paso, TX these days. Who are your favorite artists from home? Well…I’ve only been in Texas for half a year….but there are many artists I love from Texas, including Tom Lea, Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Charlie Sexton, Bob Wills […]

Not Squares

April 16th, 2015 by


Ahead of the release of their long-awaited, forthcoming second full-length album BOLTS, Keith from Not Squares talks to us about the trials, tribulations and ambitiously complex components of the new record.  Excited?  We are. Your output has been somewhat muted for the last few years, what’s been going on? What have you been up to? Well […]

Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail)

April 15th, 2015 by

CL-RV-Press-shot-colour copy

Who are you and where are you from? CL – I am Ciaran Lavery from Aghagallon. RV – My name is Ryan Vail and Im from Derry. Who are your favorite artists from home? CL – Ian O’Doherty, Josh Burnside, Silences, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail (obviously). RV – My home town has many great artists. […]

Shookrah – Rolling 4 Two

April 15th, 2015 by

Shookrah Press Shots

A young prog soul band from Cork, Shookrah attracted attention last year with the release of their debut EP Implicit Content – especially lead track ‘Woman’. They’re back in the studio working on a follow up now, but in the meantime have released a series of live videos recorded in the lovely Mother Jones Flea […]

Win tickets to Hangar launch

April 14th, 2015 by


It’s been a while since we had a major new venue in Dublin to celebrate but this weekend sees the launch of Hangar, located in the old Andrews Lane Theatre. Mmoths (pictured) will be headlining the show on Friday night with a special DJ set featuring visuals from Slipdraft, with support from The Minutes and […]

Frogbelly & Symphony

April 13th, 2015 by


It’s not the most typical of band names, but then again Frogbelly & Symphony aren’t the most typical of bands. Based in the twin locations of Brooklyn and Sheffield, they started life playing experimental post-punk but have developed to include acoustic and traditional music alongside a distinctly theatrical approach on stage. There’s an Irish connection […]