Bad Bones..”Sound and vision come hand in hand for me”

February 28th, 2017 by

Set to perform alongside John Cummins, Valerie Francis, Holly Pereira, and Lime & Fancy DJs this Friday to kick off Hennessy Lost Fridays at the RHA, Bad Bones, aka Sal Stapleton, talks us through her influences, artistic vision, live show, and more. What was it that drew you to making electronic music in the first place? Can you […]

Phil Kieran & Timmy Stewart

February 17th, 2017 by

What began as an infatuation with an alien sound and an escape from the backdrop of a polluted civil war has grown into a supportive network of talented creatives and a scene that is legitimately on the map. Belfast is well and truly in bloom. Timmy Stewart and Phil Kieran have been a part of […]

Gabriel Garzon-Montano..”My music tends to be very colourful”

February 15th, 2017 by

Delivering rainbows.. Soul music – or at least what we commonly refer to as soul music – is dead. The days of stars like Marvin Gaye, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Aretha Franklin travelling the world backed by big bands full of unionised session musicians just aren’t sustainable anymore. Soul music has eaten and regurgitated itself. […]

Go, Move, Shift! Gypsies Ready to Roll

January 31st, 2017 by

Gypsies on the Autobahn release their debut album Born Brief in late February; a record that crystalizes everything the band have done since they formed in school. We caught up with the band to get the skinny on Born Brief, musical influences and future plans for world dominance. Born Brief is a ball of frantic, […]

DSNT’s Oisin O’Brien

January 7th, 2017 by

“We throw visually intense techno parties, release records & love doof.” There’s a wonderful simplicity to DSNT. Not for one second am I suggesting that running a label and event is easy. Far from it. I’m merely highlighting that the no frills, anti-hipster atmosphere that the concept maintains is beautifully direct. We’re not here for […]

Cast’s John Power..”I get that, the whole nostalgia thing”

December 8th, 2016 by

Ahead of a string of Irish dates before Christmas, John Power of legendary Liverpool indie-rock outfit Cast chats to State’s Steven Dunne about refreshing the band, recording the new album, and how Britpop was much bigger than the sum of its parts. Cast have been back since 2010, how have the last six years changed […]

Margaret Glaspy..”Elliott Smith is a big inspiration for me”

November 30th, 2016 by

Margaret Glaspy has emerged as a force to be reckoned with this year. With the release of her debut full length, Emotions and Math – where garage rock guitars blend with lyrics both reflective and plithy, her voice harking back to the greats – and followed by relentless touring, State’s Aaron Hamilton was able to catch up […]

Brian Fallon..”I’m still going to be writing songs”

November 18th, 2016 by

A deep, rich vein of song runs through America. From blues, jazz and country to the hip-hop of today. Muddy, Buddy, Marvin, Dylan, Waits, Springsteen, Rza and Gza. Deep and rich. Brian Fallon keeps that flame lit, he has done since The Gaslight Anthem formed in 2006. The band recently decided to go on hiatus; […]

Donal Lunny..”There were a lot of songs that hadn’t been sung for centuries”

November 2nd, 2016 by

Even with the hyperbolic machine in overdrive it would be impossible to overstate the importance of Planxty to Irish traditional music. They spearheaded a renaissance in the ’70s that reignited the public’s interest in traditional music that resonates to this day. The four piece consisting of Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny (far right) and […]

We Cut Corners..”We let the songs take us wherever they did”

October 20th, 2016 by

We Cut Corners are about to release their much anticipated third record The Cadences of Others. On their first two offerings, Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards and Think Nothing they showcased a nous for tunes seldom seen in a new band, not to mention the powerful immediacy of their live shows. State caught up […]

Justin Kauflin..”there’s this sort of neat lineage going on”

October 18th, 2016 by

A couple of years ago you may have caught a documentary about the late great trumpeter, Clark Terry entitled Keep On Keepin’ On.  The film was shot over the course of Terry’s final years as he mentored a gifted young pianist named Justin Kauflin. Kauflin had studied classical music as a child but switched to […]