Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime

November 27th, 2015 by

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We recently shared the audio for Coldplay‘s last single ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’, taken from forthcoming seventh album A Head Full Of Dreams, and now the behemoth band have shared the video. We’ll let you make up your own mind, but it’s pretty..quirky. Who knew such shenanigans went on?

Wizards Of Firetop Mountain – Ain’t Gonna Lose

November 26th, 2015 by


Comprised of members of underground metal bands Zom, No Spill Blood, Dread Sovereign, Vircolac, Realistic Train and Puget, Wizards Of Firetop Mountain have continued to carry the torch for all things loud and left field. After a fair wait, their debut album LP is out on Friday and, to give you a taste, here’s an […]

Runaway[GO] – Alive

November 26th, 2015 by


If you read our review of Alive, the debut full-length from Belfast duo Runaway[GO], then you’ll know how highly we thought of it. Poppy, bouncy but with an undercurrent of raw emotion and with guitars as jangling as their 2012 self-titled EP, Alive confirms a distinctive evolution of the band’s sound. Vocally impressive too, Fiona O’Kane and Dave Jackson […]

In An Instant

November 25th, 2015 by


If we’re ever looking for a bit of spirited alternative pop music we know to head to Northern Ireland and, in particular, Rocky O’Reilly’s Start Together Studio in Belfast. In An Instant hail from Bangor and are the perfect band to benefit from O’Reilly’s magic touch. New single ‘Come The Night’ is three minutes of […]

The Prodigy..”a bit of competition is always good”

November 24th, 2015 by


The Prodigy have been at the forefront of the electronic scene for nearly 25 years now. Going from captains of the industry in their native UK to a worldwide phenomenon of beats, bass and attitude, it’s not surprising that when speaking to Liam, the music maestro behind their evolving sound, that he is a somewhat stoic […]


November 23rd, 2015 by

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In advance of U2’s Dublin residency this week, State’s longest serving U2 fan Simon Roche (he wore the headband at Croke Park on 28 June 1987) has created a playlist of his favourite oft-underrated and rare U2 songs.

Sam Ojo – OGK

November 23rd, 2015 by


There’s a cliché that the devil has all the best tunes, but over the years those writing from a position of faith have often brought a passion and belief to music that you’d be hard pressed to find in a hackneyed rock number singing about the delights of hell and Old Nick. You’ll certainly find […]

David Bowie – Blackstar

November 20th, 2015 by


There was a teaser trailer early yesterday, but last night the full video for David Bowie’s ‘★’ (pronounced Blackstar) was given its full 10-minute airing. Taken from the forthcoming album of the same, ‘★’ is weird, wonderful and tells such a tale, it’s hard no to be engrossed. Here’s hoping we’re treated to a few […]

024 – Any Other City / Doomtree Records

November 18th, 2015 by


It’s been a while since the last podcast but we’re back and hope you’ll agree it’s been worth the wait. The initial plan for episode 24 was for our editor-in-chief Phil Udell to sit down with the people behind what would appear to be two very different independent record labels – James Byrne of Dublin […]

CMJ Music Marathon – NYC

November 18th, 2015 by

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It’s taken a while to recover from CMJ Music Marathon, which really is just that – it’s a test of stamina and patience keeping yourself going for the five days. Due to the disparate nature of the festival it started off a bit slowly, but momentum built up over the week. As with any festival […]

The Album Leaf.. “I would now consider myself the captain”

November 17th, 2015 by


Since arriving on the scene with In A Safe Place in 2004, Jimmy LaValle – the Los Angeles-based musician and composer who operates under the moniker The Album Leaf – has been unfurling a series of distinctive, lushly atmospheric albums and EPs ever since. Ahead of a full-band live date at Dublin’s Workman’s Club tomorrow, we […]

Elms – Amends

November 17th, 2015 by


It’s always a treat when you come across a video that matches visuals to the music perfectly, so Elm’s ‘Amends’ is a particular joy. Both elements are equally gorgeous and certainly continue to mark the band out as ones to keep an eye on. Buy the track here.

Washington Irving

November 17th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? My name is Joe Black, I’m the singer in the band Washington Irving from Scotland. Who are your favourite artists from home? Oh there’s loads. My favourite Scottish artists at the moment are The Blue Nile and Cocteau Twins. I love those bands. I grew up listening […]

Participant – Content

November 16th, 2015 by


We’ve featured the haunting and ambient electronica-laced slow-jams of Participant (Stephen Tiernan) before, most recently by way of a stream of ‘A Change’, the first single to be shared from his new EP. Now, in a State exclusive, Participant has shared Content in its entirety and you can stream its full premiere right here. Carrying on from the […]