We Shall Overcome – report, photos & video

October 7th, 2015 by


Sunday night saw us collaborate with the Hope Collective to put on one of 251 We Shall Overcome shows taking place over one weekend, all designed to help local homeless organisations and food banks – in our case the Dublin Simon Community and March For The Homeless. We also collected for the Dublin Calais Refugee […]

State Lingo and Oxjam shows this month

October 7th, 2015 by

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We like to keep busy here at State, especially on the live front, so hot on the heels of our We Shall Overcome fundraiser at the weekend comes news of two more gigs in October. First up comes a late night hip-hop special as part of the Lingo spoken word festival. Headlining will be dubstep, […]

The Riptide Movement – Animal

October 7th, 2015 by

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Both a feel-good hit first time around in 2014 and then again when The Riptide Movement’s album Getting Through got the international bolstering it deserved, ‘Animal’, a rousing, positively grin-inducing slice of sunny Americana, has now been given the video treatment. We’re delighted to bring you the exclusive premiere of the video – a snapshot of some of […]

020 – The end of Lana Del Rey’s honeymoon period?

October 7th, 2015 by

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With the recent release of her fourth album since 2010, Lana Del Rey has cemented her position as one of the most talked about pop stars of the moment. Yet is Honeymoon a step backwards after the bold, dark Ultraviolence? Jennifer Gannon has written about the singer for State at length and so was the […]

Brian Christinzio (BC Camplight)

October 6th, 2015 by


In something of a twist on our usual Incoming feature, we go a bit more in depth this time with Brian Christinzio of BC Camplight, firstly because we’re big fans of his music but mainly because Brian has had such a compelling and tumultuous journey in both his music career and his personal life. Many thanks […]

We Shall Overcome: additions, stage times, updates

October 4th, 2015 by

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The last time we staged a big benefit show it was in a cathedral with a choir, so it’s nice to go down a different path for tonight’s We Shall Overcome: Hard Hitting Songs For Hard Hit People. Bringing together the hip-hop and DIY punk communities, it’s just one of 243 gigs in 121 towns […]

Nicki Bluhm

October 3rd, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? I am a California singer/songwriter in my band Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers.  I live in the beautiful city of San Francisco. Who are your favourite artists from home? When you say home, I’m assuming you mean the United States.  There are so many but a few […]

Participant – A Change

October 1st, 2015 by


Since releasing his debut EP Bit Slow in September 2014, Stephen Tiernan, AKA Participant, has been busy indeed. ‘A Change’, the debut single from his forthcoming Content release, sees Tiernan experimenting with found-sound and downbeat guitar melodies, portrayed beautifully by the accompanying archive-clip video, of which he says – “I’d been looking for any footage I could get my hands on of […]

Wyvern Lingo – Subside

September 30th, 2015 by


As singles go, Wyvern Lingo’s ‘Subside’ is pretty swell. Dark and melodic guitars, anthemic choruses and pained, personal vocals, ‘Subside’ certainly feels like a solid foundation for the Bray trio’s fresh approach – a heavy nod to ’90s alt-rock serving them well here too. With a string of tour dates coming up, we’re witnessing the […]

HWCH ’15 – State’s 21 to see

September 30th, 2015 by


This year’s HWCH Festival is nearly upon us and, given that the domestic scene is in such rude health, any event that brings 100 of its acts together has got to be worth your time. A new development for 2015 means you can pay into and stay at individual shows but to be honest that’s […]

019 – B Dolan

September 30th, 2015 by


A regular visitor to these shores, B Dolan has just completed a couple of dates in support of his excellent Kill The Wolf album. Ross Logan spoke to him about that record on its release but we wanted to explore his extraordinary history – from his roots in the spoken word scene, walking away from […]

Hey Hope, Let’s Go! – The story of the Hope Collective

September 30th, 2015 by


When Joe Solo wanted someone to help bring his We Shall Overcome idea to Ireland, he had only one person in mind – Niall McGuirk, part of the Hope Collective and a group of people who played a crucial – and largely unsung – roll in live music in this country. To meet Niall McGuirk […]

Dah Jevu – Incubus

September 28th, 2015 by

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Since they appeared as part of our Faces of 2015 feature in January, Dah Jevu have been a little quiet on the studio front – although they have turned into one of the most exciting live acts around. They break that silence with new track ‘Incubus’, however, and it’s more than worth the wait – […]

Tokyo Empire – Echoes

September 28th, 2015 by

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Hailing from Co. Tyrone, Tokyo Empire are a relatively new four-piece but already have a dominating and enviable grasp on indie-pop. ‘Echoes’, the band’s debut single (and video, too), evidences a confident proclivity for soaring, anthemic hooks and sees Tokyo Empire lay down solid foundations for a forthcoming, first full-length album this Winter. We’ll keep you […]