Floating Ballroom

July 3rd, 2017 by

Joe Geaney, aka Tipperary’s Floating Ballroom, is a name you’ll likely be hearing much of in the coming months. With a sound rooted firmly in the atmospherics of Cologne-style ambient electronica, but bearing the hallmarks of the Detroit / Berlin futuristic motorik style, this emerging Irish producer may only be beginning to pick up pace, […]

Shadow Police

May 30th, 2017 by

Belfast’s Shadow Police are something of a breath of fresh air as electronic-indie music grows increasingly commercially sterile. The duo of Daniel Thornton and Matthew Duly, fresh-faced as they may be, are distinctly aware of their chosen genre’s electro-pop forefathers, and latest track ‘Dead Dance’ betrays a nod to the kind of melodic, shimmering timbres of […]

Autre Monde Share Debut Single, ‘Customs’

April 3rd, 2017 by

What do you get if you put some of Dublin’s finest musicians and songwriters together in one supergroup? No, this is not the set up for a bad punchline. The answer is Autre Monde, the latest Irish musical ensemble to get excited who are from the offset far from a joke. Comprised of Paddy Hanna on […]


March 21st, 2017 by

Having found a mutual love for the complex and the heavy within the Belfast gig scene, Danny McCelland and Charlie Cairns, aka WASPS, found little other option than to start their own math-rock outfit (the matching ASIWYFA tattoos a cosmic indicator of sorts). The result was a sound that is both brash and intricate, distilled promisingly […]

Mountain Bike

February 7th, 2017 by

More readily known for esoteric electronica, Belgium has a new musical draw found in the form of the garage-rock currently being dispensed by up and coming band Mountain Bike. The four-piece, hailing from Brussels, have just released new single ‘This Lonely Place’, and it’s a fuzzy, jangling four minutes of promise. Taken from their upcoming About Too […]

Roisin El Cherif

November 14th, 2016 by

It’s taken Roisin El Cherif a while to get to the release of her debut EP, due early next year, but it’s not been time wasted. Developing a sound that’s equal parts dramatic and mainstream friendly, the Galway based singer plays a late night show at Whelan’s this Friday 18th.


June 30th, 2016 by

The name Divan may be a new one to us here at State but there are familiar faces in the photo above. A new incarnation of the Ambience Affair, debut single ‘Sale Of Lakes’ proves that the name change hasn’t had an effect on their musical ambition, indeed breathing new life into their sound. Album […]

Honey Beard

June 2nd, 2016 by

The similarities between the Irish and Canadian music scenes have often been pointed out. Electronic duo Honey Beard represent that special relationship, based in Toronto and made up of a representative from each nation. The band play their debut Irish shows this week, headlining a late show Upstairs in Whelans tonight (Thursday) and supporting Ham […]

Kojey Radical

May 27th, 2016 by

There we were, just coasting to the weekend when something arrived that truly stopped us in our tracks. A spoken word emcee from London, Kojey Radical’s ‘Footsteps’ is an astonishing combination of music, visuals, dance and conscious lyrics – “you think I give a fuck about a genre? I’m still trying to send my parents […]

Just Mustard

May 12th, 2016 by

Hailing from Dundalk, Just Mustard are a five-piece outfit ticking all the right boxes when it comes to delivering a fluid blend of noise-rock, shoegaze, electronica and, seemingly, whatever other sonic avenue they direct themselves down. Having cut their teeth in 2015 with a number of formidable live appearances, you’ll be able to catch them soon enough […]

Emma Lou

May 9th, 2016 by

She had us at the Spice Girls influence to be honest, but there’s a lot more to Dubliner Emma Lou than just a love of pop music and her past singing covers on YouTube. Channelling the classic sound of soul of blues into something modern, her music brings a welcome touch of funk to the […]

Colour Canyon

April 19th, 2016 by

It’s a joy to continuously find that the Irish music scene is in safe nick. Recently, we shared (so did everybody, really..) two superb cuts from Carriages, and State has always had time for Little Xs for Eyes, so it was a nice surprise to find out that Harry Bookless (a member of both the […]

Exploded View

April 1st, 2016 by

Now counting the likes of Blanck Mass, Jenny Hval and John Carpenter as musical bedfellows, Exploded View are the latest outfit to join experimental label Sacred Bones. Blending post-punk sensibilities with industrial inflections, Exploded View are fronted by Anika – the German/Bristol political- journalist-turned-musician/singer who released her self-titled debut album in collaboration with Geoff Barrow’s Invada imprint and Stones Throw to critical […]

Hotel On Mars

February 23rd, 2016 by

Sounding like some mad-cap amalgamation of garage-rock and new-wave, Hotel On Mars are certainly a compelling new prospect. To be fair, the Dublin five-piece cite a fairly wide-base of influences – Phil Collins to Fugazi, Pearl Jam to John Denver and presumably everything in between. It’s unsurprising then that their latest single is as maniacal and rhythmic […]