City and Colour..”sometimes it becomes difficult now, you know?”

February 16th, 2016 by

“I have zero idea (laughs), honestly, I’m not even lying to you…” Normally you would think such an uncertainty about the future would constitute a lack in direction or an ambivalence towards caring, but when pressed on the issue Dallas Green is relaxed, jovial and content with the here and now. In the ten years […]

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 […]

Isy Suttie….”I’d write serious songs and people would laugh”

January 27th, 2016 by

Trying to sum up Isy Suttie’s career in a handy nutshell is a tricky, if not impossible, task. She’s been a film, TV and stage actress, script writer, stand-up comedian and now an author following the publication of The Actual One, her new book on the perils of life in your late twenties and the […]

East India Youth..”I didn’t set out to make a record for anyone”

January 20th, 2016 by

When settling down to chat to Will Doyle, AKA East India Youth, you’d think the fact that the producer having had two major successes in two years with two records would encourage a little blowing of one’s proverbial trumpet, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The man behind Total Strife Forever and Culture of […]

Sea Pinks..”I was a bit more confident”

January 5th, 2016 by

Having nearly released five records in the space of five years, Sea Pinks seem to not only be one of the hardest working outfits consistently lighting up the domestic scene, but one of the most reliable in maintaining an evolved, raw sound from each release to the next. Ahead of their launch show this week for new LP Soft […]

They Might Be Giants..”We were caught in this vicious cycle”

December 22nd, 2015 by

After 33 years in the music business, and just coming off the back of a gruelling 12 months that included releasing a new song everyday, you could certainly forgive John Flansburgh for being less than enthusiastic about an early morning phone interview, but the They Might Be Giants frontman is as affable as could be. […]

Lethal Dialect..”It’s a whole new experience”

December 1st, 2015 by

Lethal Dialect is a busy man as of late. In the past year since the release of his acclaimed third album 1988, Paulie Allwright has assembled a band featuring members of Kodaline and Overhead the Albatross, shared stages with the likes of Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey and has just finished shooting his big screen debut in Cardboard Gangsters, directed by Mark O’Connor […]

The Prodigy..”a bit of competition is always good”

November 24th, 2015 by

The Prodigy have been at the forefront of the electronic scene for nearly 25 years now. Going from captains of the industry in their native UK to a worldwide phenomenon of beats, bass and attitude, it’s not surprising that when speaking to Liam, the music maestro behind their evolving sound, that he is a somewhat stoic […]

The Album Leaf.. “I would now consider myself the captain”

November 17th, 2015 by

Since arriving on the scene with In A Safe Place in 2004, Jimmy LaValle – the Los Angeles-based musician and composer who operates under the moniker The Album Leaf – has been unfurling a series of distinctive, lushly atmospheric albums and EPs ever since. Ahead of a full-band live date at Dublin’s Workman’s Club tomorrow, we […]

Wyvern Lingo..”we’re really happy with how we sound.”

November 12th, 2015 by

The unnaturally lush November sunlight manages to be simultaneously blinding and illuminating as Wyvern Lingo bound single-file into Dublin’s Library Bar. The light is a perfect metaphor for both their cheery demeanor and the brilliant flashes of music they’ve been responsible for over the past twelve months. It also underpins the spotlight currently trained on […]

Dessa….”the end is the art, we are the instrument”

November 4th, 2015 by

An ever shifting concern in their early days, it’s probably fair to say that Doomtree have been in operation for over a decade now – a Minneapolis based alternative hip-hop collective comprising seven members (Dessa, Cecil Otter, P.O.S, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak) all of whom operate on their own terms as well as […]

Slaves..”It’s harder to form an identity and stand out as a band”

November 3rd, 2015 by

Kent duo Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent, AKA Slaves, have had something of a whirlwind year. Having become one of the most talked about bands and with debut album Are You Satisfied? reaching critical acclaim in the past several months, it’s hard to imagine they’re anything but excited about what the future will bring. Ahead of […]

Inja…”humans connect very well with sound”

October 14th, 2015 by

This weekend sees the return of the Lingo Festival of spoken word – featuring such notable artists as Saul Williams, Hollie McNish and Abby Oliveira as well as as a host of other events. State is once again hosting a free late night hip-hop show on Saturday, taking place at the Meeting House from 11pm […]

Hey Hope, Let’s Go! – The story of the Hope Collective

September 30th, 2015 by

When Joe Solo wanted someone to help bring his We Shall Overcome idea to Ireland, he had only one person in mind – Niall McGuirk, part of the Hope Collective and a group of people who played a crucial – and largely unsung – roll in live music in this country. To meet Niall McGuirk […]