Who is John Robb?

September 12th, 2016 by

When you get the chance to talk to John Robb it’s a bit like doing a Sudoku, you can’t be exactly sure where’s best to start. Singer, songwriter, bassist, Blackpool fan, post-punk champion, lo-fi Ethiopian blues enthusiast, talking head, author, commentator, Milliganite – the list of Robb’s endeavours is as long as it is varied. […]


August 31st, 2016 by

They’ve been behind some of the most idiosyncratic, and yet rewarding, music for over two decades, and Plaid don’t seem to be slowing down. Recent LP The Digging Remedy saw the duo of Andy Turner and Ed Handley looking back to some of their earlier work, while pairing up with multimedia artist Cabbibo propelled it feverishly into future territory. […]

Ailbhe Reddy

August 30th, 2016 by

Ahead of a performance at Electric Picnic’s Body & Soul stage this Saturday, State caught up with fast-rising singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy to discuss the musical ground she’s treading, how she goes about tying together her idiosyncratic style in the studio, and debut EP Hollowed Out Sea – which you can listen to below. Hollowed Out Sea was your […]

White Denim’s James Petralli

August 25th, 2016 by

As the main man in Texan fusion rockers White Denim, James Petralli carries quite a lot of pressure on his denim-clad shoulders. Main songwriter, front man and generally the stitching on the garment, Petralli’s naturally affable nature shines through; even in the face of ostensibly relentless obstacles. It very clearly hasn’t always been easy, nor […]

In Two Minds: The Duality of All Tvvins

August 8th, 2016 by

If Kubrick had choreographed it, it wouldn’t surprise you. A top-floor studio with windows at opposite ends. Perched on each sill and enjoying the Luas dings, gull croaks and exhaust fumes of Dublin city centre are Conor Adams and Lar Kaye. They turn and greet me with uncanny symmetry. All Tvvins haven’t done an excessive […]

Joe Mount..”I was trying prove something”

July 25th, 2016 by

For such a diligent multi-tasker, Joe Mount appears to be a remarkably settled individual. Having revisited the band’s halcyon early years for new album Summer 08, the Metronomy frontman gives the impression of a man thoroughly content with life and the music he’s currently making. With no plans to tour the new record, Joe is […]

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 […]

Minor Victories..”We should be supporting artists”

July 6th, 2016 by

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 […]

Obamabo..”It’s always good to start on a clean slate”

June 28th, 2016 by

Oisin Daly is an Irish musician and electronic producer hailing from the town of Eyries in West Cork.  He’s been quietly publishing his own music, spanning multiple genres and under a variety of monikers since 2009, and since moving to Savannah Georgia in 2013 he has been continually upping his game and pushing his own […]

Ryan Wyer

June 23rd, 2016 by

Considering Aphex Twin’s last video was some 17 years ago, and featured a bone-chilling series of surreal future-ballet exercises and hideous, mutant monstrosities, it was something of a surprise (to say the least) that the return of Richard D James to the audio-visual front would be spearheaded by a 12 year old Dublin lad with a passion […]

Hilary Woods

June 20th, 2016 by

At one point in this interview, when Hilary Woods spoke about her songwriting, she described herself as a beginner and then she corrected herself.  I think she was right both times. In some concrete ways, Hilary Woods is anything but a beginner. She has over fifteen years of experience as a working musician and, outside […]

Big Sean..”My shows are fuckin’ hype”

June 19th, 2016 by

Perhaps the only signee of G.O.O.D Music to get his deal by rapping for Kanye West on the side of the street, Detroit’s Big Sean is an artist who has been making huge waves stateside for a number of years now. He has worked with a who’s who of major players in the music industry […]

Floating Points..”I think my taste just developed”

June 18th, 2016 by

Having built a reputation as a DJ and creator of slow-burning house music under the moniker Floating Points, London based producer Sam Shepherd has recently been exploring other musical avenues with releases encapsulating jazz-fusion and Moroccan Gnawa music, along with the odd twenty minute single thrown in for good measure.  His 2015 album Elaenia is […]