Autumns..”I’m essentially just utilising my resources very well”

February 7th, 2016 by


While gearing up to play a headline show in Lavery’s, Belfast this coming Friday, February 12th, Christian Donaghey, aka Autumns, kindly took some time to talk to State about how his debut LP fell into place over the past 12 months, the artists who have inspired him during this process, and how seeing Lydia Lunch […]

Beauty Sleep

February 5th, 2016 by


Another day, another Belfast band to set the pulses racing. Beauty Sleep have previous form, not only featuring Aimee Williamson but two members of official State faves The Wonder Villains – Ryan McGroarty and Cheylene Murphy (also to be found playing in Bee Mick See’s live band and Pleasure Beach). Debut single ‘The Dark’ is […]

Elm – Amends (Daithí mix)

February 5th, 2016 by


They’re not obvious musical bedfellows are Elm and Daithí – one band who make delicate, elegant pop and one a dabbler in dance floor bangers – but their collaboration on a version of the former’s latest single sounds like the most natural thing in the world.

Choir of Young Believers – Jeg Ser Dig

February 4th, 2016 by


Copenhagen-based ‘avant pop’ act Choir of Young Believers have just unveiled the video for their latest single ‘Jeg Ser Dig’. The Danish musical project, best known on these shores for their ethereal song ‘Hollow Tank’ – the iconic theme tune to Scandinavian police series The Bridge – have been making waves around Europe for a while now and this […]

The Altered Hours – In Heat Not Sorry

February 4th, 2016 by

1 The Altered Hours by Izabela Szczutkowska

Released just a few days ago, In Heat Not Sorry by The Altered Hours is already gaining the kind of traction that should see them command the most discerning of psych-rock/shoegaze fans’ attentions. Ranging from urgent, infectious alt-rock to spaced-out droning  psychedelia, In Heat Not Sorry marks a particularly strong first full-length for the Cork outfit and given they’ve an extensive series of […]

A Dead Forest Index

February 3rd, 2016 by


Recent signees to Sargent House (home of ASIWYFA, All Tvvins, Deafheaven and others), A Dead Forest Index are set to release their first long player in April after some years spent honing, touring and putting out EPs. First single ‘No Paths’ indicates that the brothers in arms Adam Sherry and Sam Sherry are on the […]

State’s Faces of February show details

February 3rd, 2016 by


Following the splendid weekend that was Whelan’s Ones To Watch and our Faces of 2016 launch last month, we’re back in the Wexford Street next week for the first of our monthly shows. Two of our guests – AE Mak and Katie Laffan – were part of that list of twenty for the year ahead […]

Villagers – Irish Tour Review

February 2nd, 2016 by

Villagers, Vicar St Dublin,  By Leah Carroll_15

The Mac, Belfast (CQAF Out To Lunch Festival), by Aaron Drain While something of a treat to be able to catch Conor O’Brien and co. in such lavish surroundings as the MAC’s lofty ground-floor theatre, one ponders that there surely MUST be caveats that the artist performing has to come to terms with when entering the cavernous, booming […]

Games Violet – Courtship

February 2nd, 2016 by

Games Violet Press Photo

‘Courtship’ is the debut single from new Irish experimental pop act Games Violet. Based in Philadelphia, and consisting of duo Alexander Games and Emma Violet, the band write and produce music together in their home studio. An otherworldly, eerily atmospheric track, ‘Courtship’ was supposedly influenced by the graphic novel ‘Black Hole’ by Charles Burns, and is the perfect teaser for their debut […]

Alright the Captain

February 2nd, 2016 by


Who are you and where are you from? We’re Alright the Captain, we’re based in the East Midlands in England Who are your favourite artists from home? JC Decaux, Cheap Jazz, Merricks Tusk, Dystopian Future Movies and Mammothwing are all awesome. What’s it really like touring? It’s awesome, sure there are the lows but the […]

Santigold – Chasing Shadows

February 2nd, 2016 by


Taken from from her third album 99¢ (out April Feb 26th), Santigold’s ‘Chasing Shadows’ is a whistle-whetting morsel that sees the American pop/hip-hop artist segue from the introspective soliloquies of sophomore release Master of My Make Believe for more vibrant pastures, but retains those intelligent, emotionally-driven motifs that have remained so easily in our ears. Produced by Vampire Weekend’s […]

Susanna – Burning Sea

February 2nd, 2016 by


New music just doesn’t grow on trees anymore like it did when we were young music journos. Actually, maybe it never did, but the point is that it’s always a treat to find a diamond in the rough (or a peach among the crab-apples..) in the form of a track that both startles and soothes […]


January 28th, 2016 by


Who are you and where are you from? Blossoms from Stockport. Who are your favourite artists from home? There aren’t many traditionally ‘Stockport’ bands from years gone by, growing up so close to Manchester you’d have to go with The Smiths, Stone Roses and Oasis. 10cc and their activity with Strawberry Studios is probably the […]

East India Youth – Irish Tour Review

January 28th, 2016 by


Black Box, Belfast by Aaron Drain We aren’t really sure what to expect as we descend on Belfast’s Black Box to see East India Youth. With two excellent, yet wholly different records in as many years under his belt, Will Doyle could hark back to either tonight and it would be an engrossing experience. Perhaps it’s our initial uncertainty that helps us […]