For Esmé

February 27th, 2018 by

While we love music that moves our feet as much as the next music site, we’re also big fans of a tune that gets us thinking as well. So we’re delighted to have come across For Esmé and her debut single ‘Doubtmouth’, a pulsating electro pop track that draws on the singer’s studies in psychology […]


February 21st, 2018 by

With two tracks already out pummelling the public’s ears, HAUNCH have laid out an uncompromising mission statement for the release of their debut full-length. Made up of members of East Antrim alt-rock royalty Therapy? and Throat, HAUNCH’s Lay My Bones Beside The Others means serious business (in as much as “dark, distorted pop songs” do) and […]


February 14th, 2018 by

Hailing from Cork, though fronted by Australian musician and producer Ciaran Corcoran, promising noise-pop upstarts Perish have delivered one of the first true sonic gems of 2018 with their Inertia EP. Calling to mind the melodic, hazed guitar work of Kevin Shields, as well as the rhythmic density and simplicity of British post-punk masters The Fall (RIP […]


November 30th, 2017 by

Having launched new album Eugene mere days ago in Belfast, and with the Dublin launch set for tonight in The Underground Venue, get familiar with the melodic, fuzzy lo-fi indie of Buí. A relatively new project (birthed in June of this year), Buí is a collaboration between Josh Healy (Josh The Human), Joel Harkin, Lady Pocket Drummer Matt Soan, […]

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 […]