Schoolboy Q, Hilary Woods, The National & More

July 17th, 2016 by


I have a friend that regularly says, “Everyday is a school day.” Learning about various histories, cultures and steadily building an understanding of both the lineage and breadth of the many genres of music are amongst my favourite ways to pass time. What initially began as a nostalgic return to Grandmaster Flash’s ‘White Lines’, I […]

Ciaran Lavery Talks Too Much

July 14th, 2016 by


Ciaran Lavery was chatting on the phone. “I’ve gone down the heartbreak road before, but that was when I was 23 or 24.” He was talking about the lack of odes to romance on his recent album Let Bad In.  (Back then) “I was lookin’ my heart broke because that’s what I thought I needed […]

Longitude 2016

July 13th, 2016 by


As the weekend draws closer and Longitude 2016 returns once more to Marlay Park, we got thinking about some of the top acts that State are looking forward to catching over the course of the festival. It seems strange to think that, now, Longitude itself has grown exponentially over the years and that 2016 sees […]

Gold Panda – Kingdom

July 11th, 2016 by


Having suitably impressed with his latest full-length Good Luck and Do Your Best (our review here), big-on-Japan electronica maestro Gold Panda, aka Derwin Schlecker, has shared a new EP and you can stream it right here. Kingdom, coming just a few months since the release of Schlecker’s fourth LP , is made up of five entirely new tracks and has a poignant […]

Courtney Barnett, Lisa Hannigan, The Julie Ruin & More

July 10th, 2016 by


This week I was devoured by something other than my dedicated search for new, interesting music videos. I got caught up in the thrill and the mystic that is competitive eating videos, all of which were soundtracked by hardcore skateboard rock. I watched Matt Stonie undertake the most outrageous food challenges – eating 12 pints […]

Minor Victories..”We should be supporting artists”

July 6th, 2016 by

Minor Victories

In a windowless room in a disused army barracks in Mullingar, Minor Victories – a band made up of members of Mogwai, Editors and recently reformed ’90s shoegazers Slowdive – are coming to the end of an afternoon’s rehearsal. They are in the Westmeath town refining a live set for their slot that night at […]

Listen: Pixies – ‘Um Chagga Lagga’

July 6th, 2016 by


New Pixies is on the horizon. The legendary alt-outfit, having released their first album in over twenty years in 2014 (Indie Cindy) have announced the release of a new full-length for September 30th. Head Carrier will be the second album penned since the band reformed in 2004, and comes with new bassist Paz Lenchantin in tow, after Kim Deal’s […]

Sylvia Patterson – I’m Not with the Band

July 5th, 2016 by


Title: I’m Not with the Band Author: Sylvia Patterson Publisher: Sphere RRP: €23.99 A time may come when we will have to sit down the fandom of the future and explain to them that access to an act’s sphere of reference or identity once came via a thing called “the music press”. Before social media […]

A Grave With No Name – House

July 5th, 2016 by


Not the surly, quick-quipping Hugh Laurie character from a wildly overrated American television show, but the new single from London-based singer/songwriter/musician Alexander Shields, aka, A Grave With No Name. ‘House’ comes ahead of the release of his new album Wooden Mask, which is due out on August 12th via Forged Artifacts. Taking on a warmer veil for ‘House’, the track, […]

Documenta – Love As A Ghost

July 4th, 2016 by


First appearing on their magnetic 2015 full-length Drone Pop #1, Belfast shoegaze/noise seven-piece Documenta have shared an extended version of the David Holmes-produced ‘Love As A Ghost’, ahead of its July 22nd release proper. Clocking in at an expansive 6 minutes and 44 seconds, this updated reflection on the original compounds Joe Greene & co.’s proclivity for rhythmic intensity […]

Aesop Rock, Blood Orange, Angel Olsen and more

July 3rd, 2016 by


This week, on a personal note, edged towards excess. There was a lot of food, painful bouts of laughter with friends and a lot of new music videos. Before I sat down to write this week’s column, I came home to a full house with my entire family invariably sitting around chatting, running up and […]

King Harvest & The Weight

July 2nd, 2016 by

King Harvest

Who are you and where are you from? Hello, we’re King Harvest & The Weight from the sunny micro-climate of Halifax, West Yorkshire in England. We are enthusiasts of loud noise. We’ve just released our debut album Maps. Who are your favourite artists from home? Tough one! There’s a lot of great stuff going on at […]

State’s Albums of 2016….so far

July 1st, 2016 by


It’s the beginning of July and so the first six months of 2016 are done and dusted. If you wanted an idea of the varied nature of what the State writing team have been listening too, the poll of their favourite albums of the year to date is as wide ranging and eclectic as ever. […]

Heathers – Call Home

June 30th, 2016 by


Having made a giant leap from DIY debut album Here, Not Here to the majestic Kingdom, we were probably expect Heathers’ forthcoming third album to mark another step. New single ‘Call Home’ certainly suggests as much, marrying a very polished sound to the standard of songwriting that has been there from the start.