Django Django’s Vincent Neff

January 31st, 2018 by

  While playing Chicago’s Lollapooloza during the Born Under Saturn tour cycle, Django Django drummer and producer Dave McLean gazed upwards to the sky, his bandmates soon followed suit. A crystallised, swirling red was sweeping across the sky, hanging brightly as the warm winds gently blew around the Great Lakes region beneath. McLean took note, […]


Live Music Photo Exhibition opens in Dublin

January 23rd, 2018 by

An exhibition of music photography (‘What We Did In The Shadows’) is open in the Bernard, Shaw on Richmond St, Dublin 2 from this coming Friday, 26 Jan. It features some of State’s most industrious names in shooting-from-the-pit – Leah Carroll and Kieran Frost as well as Kathrin Baumbach, Colm Kelly, Lucy Foster and James Murray. It showcases […]


DVD Review: Maze

January 23rd, 2018 by

Director: Stephen Burke Cast: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Martin McCann, Barry Ward Certificate: 15A Running Time: 92 minutes Home Media Release Date: January 22 Maze, the latest film from Stephen Burke, sees the Irish writer/director revisit the Troubles following his breakthrough short film 81. Based on the true story of the escape of 38 IRA prisoners from the notorious HMP […]


State’s Faces of 2018

January 17th, 2018 by

It’s early on a Wednesday morning and we’re heading down memory lane, looking back over the past nine years of State’s Faces – our annual pick of what we feel are the best acts in the country at that moment in time. It began in 2009, not too shabbily if we do say so ourselves, […]


Columbia Mills

January 15th, 2018 by

Hazy indie-pop rockers Columbia Mills are an Irish band to watch out for in 2018. Drenched in heavily reverb-soaked guitars and packed with indelible hooks, the band’s debut LP has met acclaim since its release in late 2017. We caught up with lead singer-songwriter Fiachra Treacey to discuss the band’s upward trajectory. Treacey talks of […]



State’s Films of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 by

2017 was a better-than-average year for cinema – but, just about. It’s fair to say that, across the board, genre films exceeded expectations. The oft-eulogised romantic comedy was reinvigorated by The Big Sick; the MCU was refreshed by the new talent behind Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok; It managed to be both a successful horror […]


State’s Gigs of 2017

December 20th, 2017 by

It’s been a golden year for live music across Ireland, and we’ve been lucky enough to have see some heavy hitters reunited, as well as a fertile landscape of blossoming, homegrown talent. Thankfully, we’ve been well placed to attend and review the majority of those listed below, and as we approach 2018 under a slew […]


State’s Tracks of 2017

December 19th, 2017 by

By now we trust you’ve had time to digest our list of State’s Albums of 2017, lovingly compiled by our editorial team. The selection of their favourite tracks of the year inevitably acts as a companion piece but, weighing in at a mighty 100 songs, there’s much to discover here from the best singles, remixes […]


State’s Albums of 2017

December 19th, 2017 by

And so this is Christmas and what have we done this year? Well, we like to think we’ve brought you another twelve months of excellent music from across the globe – as well as taking to task those who fell short of what was required. We’ll leave those to one side for the moment, however, […]


Algiers..”The only response to fascism is to eradicate it”

December 13th, 2017 by

Atlanta gospel rockers Algiers have had a hectic few months since the release of their second album The Underside Of Power, supporting Depeche Mode across Europe as well as their own headline shows in the U.S. With their sophomore release getting the nod across a slew of Best of 2017 lists, Algiers bring a successful year […]


The State Film Forecast: December 2017

December 9th, 2017 by

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who ask, ‘How is it December already?’ and those who say, ‘Finally! It’s December.’ Whichever kind you are, it is time to acknowledge that what is collectively known as the holiday season is now upon us. Here at State, we’ve been making a list, and […]


Jordan..”It all just seems to make sense now”

December 8th, 2017 by

As I enter the Nordic inspired setting of Belfast’s Kaffe-o, Jordan is sat at a table nearby sipping a mug of green tea. He’s an artist on the up, but you wouldn’t think it given his remarkably down to earth nature. Never one to dip the head without saying hello, Jordan stands and hugs me […]


Hannah Peel

December 2nd, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Hannah Mary Peel. I was born in Craigavon and we lived near Lurgan… but somehow ended up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire for school… My family live back in Fermanagh now! I have a strange accent. Who are your favourite artists from home? SOAK / The Darkling Air […]