Gabriel Garzon-Montano..”My music tends to be very colourful”

February 15th, 2017 by

Delivering rainbows.. Soul music – or at least what we commonly refer to as soul music – is dead. The days of stars like Marvin Gaye, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Aretha Franklin travelling the world backed by big bands full of unionised session musicians just aren’t sustainable anymore. Soul music has eaten and regurgitated itself. […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 14th, 2017 by

If you caught last week’s episode, you’d have seen Rejjie Snow, Mumford & Sons, Roisin O, and Saint Sister gloriously stake their claim on Other Voices, the series that boasts some of the best performances from the most essential artists, home-bred and internationally renowned. We’ve teamed up with Other Voices to give you a preview […]


M.I.A, Paul White feat. Danny Brown, The Besnard Lake & More

February 12th, 2017 by

This time last year a man working on a photography project took a portrait of me and asked me, “What do you want to do before you die?” I was more than a little flummoxed by the question. I’d never really thought about what I grand master plan I wanted to achieve and be able […]


Tebi Rex – Everything You Say Is A Poem

February 9th, 2017 by

One of the things that has always attracted us to Tebi Rex is their individual way of doing things – from the very first Miley Cyrus referencing email they sent us. They’ve continued to plough their own admirably unique furrow over a number of releases, not least new track ‘Everything You Say Is A Poem’. With […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 8th, 2017 by

Having made its splendid return for a landmark 15th series on the 2nd of February, Other Voices is teaming up with State to give viewers and music fans alike a taste of what to expect each week as we move through the best of Ireland’s vibrant music scene and beyond. The second episode of Other […]


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 […]



Rory Nellis – Casual Discrimination

February 6th, 2017 by

One of the most distinctive voices in Northern Irish songwriting, Rory Nellis has returned with a new track befitting of the turbulent times we find ourselves in. ‘Casual Discrimination’, the third offering to be taken from Nellis’ forthcoming new album There Are Enough Songs In The World (out November 6th), follows on from ‘Born for Rainy Weather’ […]


Fionn Regan, Lisa Hannigan, Kate Tempest & More

February 5th, 2017 by

When you’re not feeling like the best version of yourself it helps to take in some words of wisdom and wit. It can be really difficult to take advice or accept encouraging assertions from peers, sometimes it’s easier to take on the affirmations of strangers. Last weekend I saw an exhibition with a collection of […]


Choice Music Prize Song of the Year – Playlist & Launch Gallery

February 3rd, 2017 by

Following on from the announcement of the RTE Choice Music Prize Song of the Year shortlist, we thought we’d put the featured tracks together in a playlist to celebrate. The bonus is, of course, that Kieran Frost was there on the night of the launch to take the fantastic photos you’ll see below. Many congratulations […]


Go, Move, Shift! Gypsies Ready to Roll

January 31st, 2017 by

Gypsies on the Autobahn release their debut album Born Brief in late February; a record that crystalizes everything the band have done since they formed in school. We caught up with the band to get the skinny on Born Brief, musical influences and future plans for world dominance. Born Brief is a ball of frantic, […]


Father John Misty, Participant, Munky & More

January 29th, 2017 by

While Zara Hedderman, our hard-working reviews editor and regular Videos of the Week introducer-person, enjoys a well deserved break, allow me (Aaron, State’s editor – hello!) to attempt a fitting preface to this selection of music videos we’ve dug over the past seven days. We’ve got Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ in there. Quite apt, really, […]


Cass McCombs, Young Thug, I Have a Tribe & More

January 22nd, 2017 by

I have four particular pals to whom I’ve become a primary source of providing advice to in matters of the heart. It’s been really fun for me because up until about three months ago (when my non-existing expertise was initially enlisted) my advice – in this capacity, especially – had never once been sought. This […]


Owen Denvir – You Don’t Want To Love Me

January 20th, 2017 by

Produced as part of a five-video collection called Motion Picture Soundtrack that Denvir has been releasing throughout January, State is delighted to premiere ‘You Don’t Want To Love Me’, the third in the series, and arguably the most poignant. A multi-instrumentalist, Denvir has captured a snapshot of the gusto necessary to approach each element of the track – […]