Faces of April details

March 30th, 2015 by

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Moving to a Friday for a change, we’re plugging in and turning up the volume for our next Faces show at The Mercantile on Dublin’s Dame St, reflecting yet again the quality of guitar music being made in Ireland right now. Joining us on 10th April will be: Third Smoke – fresh from their sell-out […]

The Cribs

March 29th, 2015 by

The Cribs

When Yorkshire-born brothers Ryan, Ross and Gary Jarman decided to start a band in 2002 their end goal was modest and unalloyed; to write, record and perform songs. So unostentatious was their approach to music that it was effectively the essence of Northern English habitus – unpolished kitchen-sink values and dreams. Watching the coked-up carcass […]

Third Smoke – Ms Summer Breeze

March 27th, 2015 by

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Launched tomorrow night Upstairs at Whelans (it’s sold out though, so if you snoozed, you lost), the new single from Dundalk’s Third Smoke is a gem – a stomping pop tune performed with passion and style that marks them out as yet another homegrown name to keep an eye on. Buy the single here.


March 27th, 2015 by

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One of the boldest new innovations on the Irish scene in years, Ensemble are a collective of like minded individuals from across the musical spectrum. As they prepare to launch their own monthly night, we spoke to Rob Farhat about crossing boundaries, the state of Irish music and what inspired them in the first place… […]


March 26th, 2015 by

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Who are you and where are you from? I’m Luke, singer and string-strummer with Otherkin. I’m from Hayestown which lies just outside Slane. You can hear the concerts from my house. Hopefully you’ll be able to hear me from there soon. Who are your favorite artists from home? Squarehead are a band who I always […]


March 25th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? My name is Ian Kelly. I’m from Finglas in Dublin and I sing in Stairwells. Who are your favorite artists from home? My favourite Irish band is The Winter Passing from Roscrea. I also listen to bands like Driveway, Over Being Under, Fang Club, Boardwalk and Frustration. […]

Ambience Affair – Prophet

March 25th, 2015 by


It’s been a while since the release of their excellent debut album Burials so we’re glad to report that Ambience Affair are back in action, with a follow up planned for later in the year. ‘Prophet’ is the first taste, supported by live shows in Bello Bar, Dublin on Friday April 10th and Coughlan’s Live Cork […]

Profound – Cheesecake

March 24th, 2015 by

ProFound by Mark McGuinness

Last seen on the cover of our Faces of 2015 magazine, Profound (photographed above for State by Mark McGuinness) has just released this new track and it more than proves our faith in him was not misguided. An EP 吉R伊Y S开Y is to follow.

Boiler Room joins AVA Festival, Belfast, for Irish Debut

March 24th, 2015 by


Iconic electronic/alt hip hop showcase series Boiler Room has been announced as an addition to the AVA Festival, Belfast, this coming May 30th.  Boiler Room will be facilitating the outdoor stage of the one day event, with Bicep, Space Dimension Controller, John Daly (Live), Timmy Stewart and Shmutz all on the roster for what’s set […]


March 23rd, 2015 by


As you may have spotted, there’s a rich stream of soul running through the Irish music scene at the moment. Wexford’s Basciville, the alias of brothers Cillian and Lorcan Byrne, have it in spades. New EP Blues In Red has a suitably classic feel to it, looking to the howl of the Chicago bluesmen as […]

Dan Hegarty

March 23rd, 2015 by

Dan Hegarty by Ken Heffernan

One of the great heroes of Irish radio (as well as one time State columnist), Dan Hegarty is now moving into the world of books with his debut publication Buried Treasures, exploring the world of overlooked, forgotten and uncrowned classic albums. Published on Thursday, the book features an array of reviews, stories and reccommendations from […]

Bee Mick See

March 23rd, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? Brendan Seamus is my real name.  Bee Mick See is my rap name.  I was born in Portland, Oregon – but I’ve been in Belfast since the 90s Who are your favorite artists from home? Everclear, The Dandy Warhols What’s it really like touring? Gruelling and unpredictable […]

Intuitive Travels In Sound

March 18th, 2015 by


Just one of the many fine artists to be found on the seventh volume of Loud Mouth Collective compilations, Intuitive Travels In Sound (aka Sam Kay) can be found on DJ duties at this weekend’s launch show at the Twisted Pepper – headlined by Rustie and also featuring Mangetout, Lui Rwego, Costelloe and edit;erase. To […]


March 18th, 2015 by


There’s no better time to bring you some new Irish music than our nation’s holiday. If you can pull yourself away from being mortified by the parade have a listen to these guys, Discopunks. Sounding liken somebody emptied the contents of Chic into a blender before you managed to clean The Fall from the blades, […]