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 […]


Dublin Web Fest 2017

December 1st, 2017 by

Dublin Web Fest is a festival that leaves you wanting more. Hosted in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield on 24-26 November, DWF is in its third year of celebrating online storytelling — web series, music videos, short films, VR films, anything made to be viewed online. I wanted to see the rest of lesbian drama […]


Buí

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, […]


Moulettes

November 27th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Raevennan Husbandes & Hannah Miller from Moulettes – based in the South East of England. Who are your favourite artists from home? RH: Laura Mvula HM: Bunty Looping What’s it really like touring? RH: Really great. Could possibly be my favourite part of being a musician. HM: Lots of […]


The Pursuit of Experimentation – Collate, Belfast

November 25th, 2017 by

“Good music has a psychosocial effect; it has a positive effect on the brain. It makes you think positively and it clears your monkey mind.” The theme of positivity is something that often gets lost within stigmatised mainstream discussions about the electronic music scene, often thought to be synonymous with excessive partying, hedonistic raves and […]


Dublin Doc Fest 2017

November 17th, 2017 by

‘Can you remind me again why you are making this?’ asks Sook, an undocumented immigrant working thanklessly in an L.A. Koreatown spa, and the subject of Hong Kim’s Se Shin Sa. This is the first and last time anyone in the 14 short films screened at Dublin Doc Fest will directly address a filmmaker. For […]


The State Film Forecast: November 2017

November 10th, 2017 by

It’s November, a time associated in the popular imaginary as much with fireworks and bonfires as it is with rain. These seemingly contradictory elements of the penultimate month of the year can be seen manifest in its new releases. For every star-studded sequel to a billion-dollar blockbuster, there’s a small but buzzy indie flick which […]


Will Stratton

November 4th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? I’m Will Stratton and I live in Beacon, New York, a little town on the Hudson River north of New York City. Who are your favourite artists from home? I don’t know, that’s a pretty broad question when you consider the amount of music that has come […]


The Slow Readers Club

October 21st, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are the Slow Readers Club and we’re all from Manchester and still live dotted around the city. Me and Aaron grew up in Wythenshawe, David in Salford and Jim in Ancoats/Failsworth. All the best bits! Who are your favourite artists from home? Manchester has a lot […]