Alden Penner

June 29th, 2015 by


“Bands competing with each other, that’s anathema to me. Truly, I can’t understand that.” When Alden Penner points out to State the absurdity of bands on the same circuit jostling for prominence, it’s more than a little ironic that we instantly draw comparisons with other bands. In particular, The Fall. We are reminded of an […]

Hip Hop

June 26th, 2015 by


In the first of a new-fangled, genre-rotating feature here at State, we’re bringing you the finest selection of tracks to get your weekend off on the right foot. In time we’ll have indie, rock, electronica and everything in between but first up is Ross Logan’s selection of some of the finest new hip hop releases, […]

Féile – The Tripp To Tipp

June 26th, 2015 by

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Before the Electric Picnic, Longitude, Castlepalooza, Indiependence, Body & Soul etc, the Irish festival scene was a far emptier space. There was Witnness. Before Witnness, well before Witnness there was the on / off story of Féile. If you’re of a certain age, you have most likely consigned band names like Flowered Up, Power Of […]

Dead Sea

June 25th, 2015 by


Taking influence from the likes of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and My Bloody Valentine, Parisian four-piece Dead Sea are certainly aiming high by mining these illustrious greats.  It’s paying off though, their debut, self-titled EP is short, sharp and meticulously dreamy.  Built upon synth swells and punchy, tight beats, have a look at ‘Keep […]

The North Sea

June 25th, 2015 by

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Who are you and where are you from? Eoin Kenny, lead singer of The North Sea from Baldoyle. Who are your favorite artists from home? Love that new All Tvvins track, the new Buffalo Sunn track is cool and I’ve always  being a massive fan of Mmoths. What’s it really like touring? Pain in the […]

Pesky! – Keep Me

June 24th, 2015 by


We’re used to bands making feel us old but Pesky! really take the biscuit. The majority of the Cumbrian seven piece are 12 years old, with the others coming in at 11 (hence no band shots yet). They already have a deal with Fierce Panda, with debut EP Smells Like Tween Spirit due towards the […]

006 – Simon Maher (8Radio / Phantom 105.2)

June 24th, 2015 by


The state of Irish radio is a constantly recurring topic of discussion so, for our sixth podcast, we thought we’d go to someone who knows more than most about the subject. Simon Maher started his broadcasting career in his bedroom and went on to found Phantom, the pirate station that went on to become a […]

State’s Mixtape # 26 – Cian Ó Cíobháin’s ‘Summer on Venus’

June 24th, 2015 by


We here at State could not be happier to introduce what is now a series. Cian Ó Cíobháin, the captain of the good ship An Taobh Tuathail, celebrates 16 years of the hugely progressive radio show on Raidio na Gaeltachta this year and has produced a midsummer mixtape especially for State to rival, if not surpass, last year’s […]

Johnny Marr – Candidate

June 23rd, 2015 by


The Smiths, Modest Mouse, The Cribs, need we say more?  Johnny Marr has unveiled the video for his new single ‘Candidate’ and it’s as excellent as you’d expect from the prolific artist.  Twangy and sharp, ‘Candidate’ harks back to the sound so associated with Marr from way back when.  Have a look and a listen. […]

Kelpe – Valerian

June 23rd, 2015 by


The lefter-than-left-of-field Kelpe has returned with a tasty precursor to his forthcoming new album The Curved Line. ‘Valerian’, the first track to be shared from the record, and shared via Boiler Room Debuts, is a pulsating exploration of the capabilities of electronic arrangement and forward-thinking, analog production.  At least, we think so anyway.  The Curved Line drops […]

Kapil Seshasayee

June 23rd, 2015 by

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You could easily mistake Glaswegian Kapil Seshasayee as the frontman for an army of synth-punching androids or guitar-immolating, disgruntled ex-Kraftwerkers, lord knows there’s enough of them.  You’d be mistaken, for Kapil is a man alone, making giant sounds from smaller machines and he’s made a very promising start with his Crimes EP.  Blending sheer walls of post-rock noise […]

Pretty Beast

June 22nd, 2015 by

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Having only come together earlier this year, Pretty Beast certainly aren’t wasting time. Their debut EP Content (produced by Rían Trench of Solar Bears / Leo Drezden) is out now and sounds pretty accomplished to us, a ferocious mix of post-rock riffs, in your face vocals and the occasional electronic splash. See them launch it […]

Shrug Life

June 22nd, 2015 by

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Inspired by the seemingly opposite camps of Queen and The Smiths, where else would Dublin trio Shrug Life find a home than with the Popical Island collective? The band (fronted by Danny Carroll, presenter of such indie shows as Parlour TV and once of the State parish) release their debut EP of fist-raising Irish indie […]

State’s Albums of 2015….so far

June 22nd, 2015 by


The summer solstice has come and gone, meaning that we’ve reached the half way point of 2015. As is custom, our writing team have looked back over the year so far and nominated their favourite album releases to date. Some will be there when we round up the full year in December, some won’t but […]