Agitate! Educate! Organise!

May 22nd, 2015 by


“Wearing badges is not enough, in days like these….” (Billy Bragg, ‘Days Like These’) You don’t need me to tell you what’s happening in Ireland today. The chances are that you’ll have a strong idea of what you think about it. While any with an opposite view may well be keeping it to themselves, it […]

Faces of June details

May 21st, 2015 by


We’ve another wonderfully mixed bill for you next month, when our Faces live series returns to the Mercantile on Friday June 5th. Heading the night are Not Monsters, the new collaboration between Punch Face Champions and Cfit – which is every bit as intriguing as it sounds. Joining them are the superbly soulful Basciville (pictured) […]

Loop Culture

May 21st, 2015 by

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Hailing from Dublin, Loop Culture have been building both an audience and sound since their formation in 2011. That process has produced the impressive debut single ‘How Does It Feel?’, which now comes with a stylish video clip. The band play the Leixlip Festival with Delorentos, Raglans and Vann Music on May 29th. We asked […]

Fucked Up…”on a horizon but without a map”

May 20th, 2015 by


If the breathless Mad Max: Fury Road makes one thing clear, it is that your well-oiled machine better have a damn good engine at the heart of it. Got a litany of war drummers at your disposal? Well, that helps too. In the case of Toronto hardcore massive Fucked Up, they make do for the […]

001 – Ham Sandwich

May 19th, 2015 by

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It’s with great pleasure that we bring you the first podcast, a new weekly audio complement to these very pages. Hosted by our editor-in-chief Phil Udell, we’ll be talking to international and homegrown musicians as well as discussing a variety of topics in the company of the State writing team and guests. In coming […]


May 13th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? I’m Indiana and I’m from Loughborough. Who are your favourite artists from home? Home for a while was Nottingham and we’ve had some amazing artists break through. I love D.I.D, they are such talented vocalists and musicians plus they are lovely lads! What’s it really like touring? […]

RiZA – Kabembe

May 13th, 2015 by

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Led by guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and featuring members of Loah, Ensemble Ériu, Manden Express and Feather, RiZA have released their debut video for the track ‘Kabembe’. Taken from their upcoming debut album, the lyrics are in the native Lingala tongue of Congo and are based on Tsumbu’s own devastating real life experience last year, when […]

Le Galaxie – Chauffeur Of Love (Press Record version)

May 13th, 2015 by


It’s not been a bad few weeks for Le Galaxie, with a top ten album and a string of riotous across the country. This weekend sees them take Le Club to the UK for The Great Escape but don’t worry, they’ve left this little gem for us – a live version of key album cut […]

Malojian – Bath Tub Blues

May 11th, 2015 by

Having enjoyed Malojian’s work for a while now, and since hearing ‘Communion Girls’, we’ve been eagerly awaiting some more of Stevie Scullion’s witty and heartfelt take on contemporary songwriting.  So, it is with great pleasure that State can bring you the exclusive premiere of Malojian’s latest track – ‘Bath Tub Blues.’  Taken from his forthcoming album Southlands, which is out May 18th and can be […]

Katie Laffan

May 8th, 2015 by


Yet another product of the marvellous King Kong Club and surrounding scene, Katie Laffan is a one woman music whirlwind – pulling in elements of pop, reggae, jazz, hip-hop, indie, disco and whatever else takes her fancy. Adding a band and original songwriting to her solo covers repertoire, Laffan is fast developing into a hugely […]

The Expert – Da Wha?

May 8th, 2015 by

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One half of an Irish duo who we still miss very much, The Expert is back with a new instrumental album Dynamic Drift and lead single ‘Da Wha?’. As you might expect it’s a masterclass in hip-hop production, combining beats with psychedelic flutes and soulful strings. Listen to it below.