State 2008 – 2018

March 6th, 2018 by

The date is March 2008 and the launch of, soon to be followed by our print magazine, and both followed by 10 years of fun, adventure, really great people and so, SO much great music that all – in one way or another – crossed the State threshold. From the first days when Phil […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Films

March 4th, 2018 by

A decade later, it’s interesting to look back on 2008, something of a banner year for studios and independent filmmakers (as well as for Irish music magazines, of course), and to see the fruit borne by the seeds planted that year. In many respects, 2008 saw many notable beginnings, or breakthroughs, in popular cinema. Iron […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Albums – The Top Ten

February 28th, 2018 by

The final part of our 10th anniversary run down brings you the ten albums that, according to our writers, have defined the past decade. Welcome to the records that have soundtracked the State story so far…. 10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010) “The problem with The Suburbs is that the fine songs are themselves […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Albums – Part Two

February 27th, 2018 by

The second instalment of the albums that have most impressed our writers old and new over the ten years since State was launched. Join us tomorrow for the top ten… 25. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (2015) Grief and loss have never sounded so beautiful. 24. Jamie xx – In Colour (2015) The quietest […]

For Esmé

February 27th, 2018 by

While we love music that moves our feet as much as the next music site, we’re also big fans of a tune that gets us thinking as well. So we’re delighted to have come across For Esmé and her debut single ‘Doubtmouth’, a pulsating electro pop track that draws on the singer’s studies in psychology […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Albums – Part One

February 26th, 2018 by

Ten years ago, we were in the middle of the first production schedule for a new Irish music magazine. In advance of this, we were about to hit publish on the first article on the accompanying website and see where it took us… and here we are 10 years later! The print magazine ran into […]

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival 2018

February 24th, 2018 by

A film created on a smartphone could look so casual that it might have come from your Snapchat feed, or it could be indiscernible from one filmed on an eight figure budget. It could be a documentary. It could be a horror. It could be a highly experimental personal work or a delightfully tropey narrative […]


February 23rd, 2018 by

Dusky is a name that should be familiar to most dance music fans. Since emerging in 2011 with their debut album Stick By This, released on Anjunadeep, the London doublet of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman have come on leaps and bounds, establishing their own platform for emerging artists in the form of 17 Steps, […]


February 21st, 2018 by

With two tracks already out pummelling the public’s ears, HAUNCH have laid out an uncompromising mission statement for the release of their debut full-length. Made up of members of East Antrim alt-rock royalty Therapy? and Throat, HAUNCH’s Lay My Bones Beside The Others means serious business (in as much as “dark, distorted pop songs” do) and […]


February 14th, 2018 by

Hailing from Cork, though fronted by Australian musician and producer Ciaran Corcoran, promising noise-pop upstarts Perish have delivered one of the first true sonic gems of 2018 with their Inertia EP. Calling to mind the melodic, hazed guitar work of Kevin Shields, as well as the rhythmic density and simplicity of British post-punk masters The Fall (RIP […]

Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969 – 2018) – a personal appreciation

February 13th, 2018 by

Some moments make no sense when they happen, but the death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson last Friday still makes none. Too young, too gifted and with too much yet to offer. What is left is a chasm, and a recorded history so very brief. The first of his music I heard was probably the […]

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. […]

Come On Live Long – ‘Sum Of Its Parts’ (Rian Trench Remix)

February 6th, 2018 by

One of the names we were very happy to see on the Choice Music Prize shortlist was Come On Live Long, a band we’ve long celebrated on these pages. Now there’s new music (sort of) in the shape of a gorgeous remix of ‘Sum Of Its Parts’ courtesy of Rian Trench. Indulge yourself below.

The State Film Forecast: February 2018

February 4th, 2018 by

February is here, which means that spring has sprung – and it shows. We’re starting to see a bit of a stretch in the evenings; flower heads tantalisingly threaten to burst forth from their stems; and birdsong is escalating to almost cacophonous levels as they prepare to build, and fill, their nests. But, you know, […]