Ireland’s greatest ever punk track?

December 17th, 2016 by

Between 2002 and 2009 a band unknown in most circles blistered through the Irish underground scene with riotous gigs and a number of punk-pop stand-outs like ‘Silence in Conversation‘ (81,000 hits on YouTube) and ‘Taken Away in a Car’. Over the decades, quality Irish punk tunes have included The Undertones’ pop-punk classic ‘Teenage Kicks’, SLF’s less-than-stiff […]

Demon Days – Fabric & The Fall of Nightlife

September 21st, 2016 by

“Opium? No! Cocaine? No! The Great American Brain Killer Is Dance Music!”  Portland Oregonian, June 12th 1932 As an Irish-based site, you might question if it’s within our purview to speak out on the closure of a venue most of our readers might never have visited, in a city they don’t live in. I’d argue the […]

The Brits 2016

February 27th, 2016 by

If The Brit Awards prove anything it’s that with every passing year they move further and further away from the youth market they so desperately want to court. The Brits is now more like a corporate Christmas party for some faceless global enterprise. It’s the same bloated, balding record execs with wine breath populating the […]

Garbage: 20 Years Queer

November 8th, 2015 by

Twenty years ago, a debut album by a band called Garbage exploded onto the music scene and skewed the face of alternative rock. Put simply, the sound was unlike anything else out there. That sounds like hyperbole in 2015 but it’s the truth. Or perhaps, it sounded like everything out there, just all together, a […]

Physical Graffiti – 40 years, Seven Outtakes and One Crafty Manager

October 27th, 2015 by

We have Peter Grant to thank for Physical Graffiti. After a knackering US tour in late 1973, a tired and emotional, not to mention family-starved, John Paul Jones announced he was retreating to Winchester Cathedral to become a choirmaster. It was a plot to escape the excesses and endurances of being one quarter of the […]

Five Things We Learnt At Electric Picnic ’15

September 7th, 2015 by

Monday mornings can always be a bit of a grind but day is perhaps more so, as we suspect the majority of State readers we try to put themselves back together after a long Electric Picnic weekend. Our live reviews, photo galleries and video are to follow but, to kick us off, here’s what we […]

Led Zeppelin’s Last Three

July 31st, 2015 by

Inevitably, after the re-lived joy of Led Zeppelin’s first six albums released in all their “deluxe” glory, we come to this, the final triptych in the Zep legend. Here’s where the story ends. The final three offerings, one of which is a compilation of outtakes that spans their career, have never been held in the […]

Agitate! Educate! Organise!

May 22nd, 2015 by

“Wearing badges is not enough, in days like these….” (Billy Bragg, ‘Days Like These’) You don’t need me to tell you what’s happening in Ireland today. The chances are that you’ll have a strong idea of what you think about it. While any with an opposite view may well be keeping it to themselves, it […]

Brit Awards 2015

February 26th, 2015 by

Well it wasn’t the finale expected. Up until a painful point in proceedings the most interesting thing to happen at the Brits 2015 was watching Kim Kardashian undulate to the stage and give top class selfie tips. It was a night where Ant and Dec nudged each other in the ribs, two Jimmy Tarbucks out […]

Mos Def – Black on Both Sides (revisited)

November 21st, 2014 by

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of his seminal Black on Both Sides album, Mos Def comes to Dublin for an extremely rare performance on Monday night. The chance to see one of hip-hop’s most notable visionaries live is one which may not come up again for some time so to celebrate, takes a look […]

Could This Be Ireland’s Farewell to Morrissey?

November 18th, 2014 by

As Morrissey’s return to Dublin gets closer, and you’ll surely be made aware of this by the growing number of quiffs on your daily commute, so too do the rumours that this will be his swan song as far as live performances go – at least in Ireland, by some way of countenance anyway. But […]

Phantom 105.2 – Giving Up The Ghost

February 16th, 2014 by

“It is with regret that we are announcing the station’s proposed restructuring plan to continue to deliver an alternative music service for young Dubliners”. A dry enough sentence, full of standard business speak, but one that is set to resonate through the Irish music scene. It – and the larger statement of which is forms […]

Women on Screen

August 15th, 2013 by

The current status of women on screen gives equal cause for commiseration as celebration. Firstly, lets examine the reasons for commiseration. Unless you have been living in a cave on Mars with a bucket over your head for the last few years, you couldn’t help but notice the cinematic rise of mega, blockbuster action movies […]

My Roots Are Showing – David Bowie

March 13th, 2013 by

On January 8th I poured paraffin into the ould Sony Vaio and gave her a few cranks to start her up. Through the coughing and clearing smog I noticed that David Bowie was trending on Twitter, and feared the worst. Not least because some know it alls in the popular press have been telling us […]