Chuck Prophet…”I choose my battles”

July 21st, 2017 by

“I think Chuck’s talent is only superseded by his taste, without that he would just be another great guitar player.” (Dan Stuart) That’s Charles William “Chuck” Prophet to you and I. The Californian singer songwriter, guitarist and producer who first grabbed the music world’s attention way back in the 80s when he joined American rock […]


WASPS – Which Way Did He Go?

July 18th, 2017 by

Already on their third release since their December debut ‘Godzilla Is Dead’, Belfast duo WASPS make it a hat trick with the short and snappy ‘Which Way Did He Go?’. Combining a sparse math rock sound with a surprisingly nimble way around a melody, it is – in the words of Neil Diamond – a […]


Dekmantel 2017

July 18th, 2017 by

Though Ireland’s selection of great, lovingly assembled festivals is nothing to sniff at, the pilgrimage to the continent to take in slightly more leftfield or uniquely regional events is an important part of considering the summer calendar for any music obsessive. For those who like their music repetitive and bleepy, the main draw has long […]


Music at Galway International Arts Festival

July 17th, 2017 by

July brings with it countless festivals and events in all corners of the country to spend your weekends discovering new music and hearing your favourite acts. It is hard to come by a festival to compete with Galway International Arts Festival in terms of programming, diversity and size however. The fortnight-long celebration of Irish and […]


Warriors of the Dystotheque

July 14th, 2017 by

Warriors of The Dystotheque is the brain child of Jonny Mac, an Irish DJ & Producer, who this last 15 years has regularly DJ’d across the globe alongside the likes of Phil Hartnoll, The Prodigy’s Leeroy, Shaun Ryder & Bez from The Happy Mondays, and many more. WotD are composed of DJ / Producer / Engineers/ Musicians Jonny […]


Bitch Falcon – Wolfstooth Reloaded

July 13th, 2017 by

When it comes to bands, few rock quite as hard as Bitch Falcon – which is why it might seem a slight surprise to find them on the bill of this weekend’s Longitude Festival, a hip-hop and electro heavy event if ever there was one (on the first two days anyway). We don’t expect them […]


State’s Albums of 2017….so far

July 12th, 2017 by

The nights are drawing in, we’re deep into festival season and the kids are bored of being at home already – yes we’ve just passed the half way mark of the year and so it’s time to poll the State writing team as to what albums have floated their respective boats in the first six […]


Future Islands

July 10th, 2017 by

Black Box, Galway by David Molloy As one of Galway’s best venues is on track to be replaced with a larger, more upscale cultural hub by the time 2020 rolls around, the good people behind the Roisin Dubh must have sensed an opportunity to make the most of its last couple of years and get […]


Gnarkats – Something to Say

July 8th, 2017 by

Belfast quartet Gnarkats are something of a beacon of hope amongst an increasingly over-saturated wave of new alt-rock outfits. Having been around the block for the past few years, the outfit bring to minds the likes of Pavement, whilst remaining staunch purveyors of their own brand of fuzz-soaked noise. Listen to new offering ‘Something to Say’, below, […]


The State Film Forecast: July 2017

July 7th, 2017 by

As Simon and Garfunkel once sang, ‘July, she will fly,’ and there are numerous reasons to keep watching the skies this month – if, by ‘the skies’, you mean the light projected onto a cinema screen in an otherwise unlit room. Along with aerially-inclined superheroes, hotshot Air Force pilots, and Voyagers travelling across the universe, some cool, […]


OKNOTOK – 20 Years of OK Computer

July 3rd, 2017 by

“The science fiction of the next five minutes” was an idea popularised by the author JG Ballard in the 1960s and 1970s when he came out with such works as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise. A forefather of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Ballard was fascinated by how humans cope with extreme change, specifically the […]


Floating Ballroom

July 3rd, 2017 by

Joe Geaney, aka Tipperary’s Floating Ballroom, is a name you’ll likely be hearing much of in the coming months. With a sound rooted firmly in the atmospherics of Cologne-style ambient electronica, but bearing the hallmarks of the Detroit / Berlin futuristic motorik style, this emerging Irish producer may only be beginning to pick up pace, […]