State helps curate MASH night on Easter Sunday

April 3rd, 2009 by along with Bodytonic, Shock, Dublin Streets, Donal Dineen, The Small Print and DowntownSounds will join forces on Easter Sunday, the 12th of April for the first in a series of bank holiday parties at the Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street, Dublin. It will run from 9pm til 3am and encompass DJ sets, live […]

Eagles of Death Metal, The Academy, Dublin

April 3rd, 2009 by

The European leg of Eagles of Death Metal’s tour for the underrated Heart On rolled into town on Thursday night to a packed Academy. Despite the absence of QOTSA mastermind Josh Homme, Jesse ‘Boots Electric’ Hughes and his live band sold out the intimate Dublin venue within a few weeks of going on sale, a […]

Interview with Cam Gigandet of Twilight

April 2nd, 2009 by

Cam Gigandet, the imposing vampire tracker, James, from the hugely popular Twilight movie, based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling debut novel, talks to State about making a modern vampire classic. The former OC star talks about playing the villain, his love of the Twilight novels and taking on Dracula. Did you enjoy playing the baddie? Of […]

And So I Watch You From Afar Interview

April 2nd, 2009 by

-The lynch pin at the heart of Belfast’s extraordinary music scene”¦ -A brain-annihilating barrage of rhythms and rottweilers”¦ -Plucked from the heavens, colossal’. Nine tours and two EPs down, Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar certainly have the critics purring. Their new self-titled album is arguably the most anticipated debut of 2009, and […]

An Interview with Cathy Davey

March 31st, 2009 by

Six years on since her first release, a lot of things have changed for Cathy Davey. She’s no longer signed to a major label, having been dropped by Parlophone as they shook their roster up. She’s won a Meteor Award, and the praise of many journalists at home. And she’s become a regular fixture on […]

Interview: 202s

March 30th, 2009 by

Having seemingly dropped out of the sky in the last few months, 202s are Mike Glennon and Steve Melling, a duo who spent the guts of the noughties in regular rock bands but who found themselves drawn more and more towards synths, loops and krautrock as time went on. Two years ago they began recording […]

SXSW 2009 Photos: The Irish

March 26th, 2009 by

2009 was a good year for the Irish in Texas as there were 22 Irish artists showcasing in total. What was most obvious that SXSW was not endgame for many of these artists who had toured heavily in the US prior to the Austin gigs or who had solicited an impressive number of gigs while […]

Mastodon interview plus album giveaway

March 25th, 2009 by

Sporting long hair, a shaggy beard and an awful lot of tattoos, Troy Sanders looks every inch your average wannabe rock musician. Spend some time in his company, however, and he reveals himself to be anything but. Snacking on fresh fruit he proves to be intelligent, lucid and driven. It’s no surprise as Mastodon, the […]

SXSW 2009 Photos: Perez Hilton Party

March 24th, 2009 by

Yes it’s true. The world’s biggest celebrity blogger Perez Hilton even got in on the SXSW action by throwing a divas party complete with ice cream snowcones and free booze. Little Boots, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Ladyhawke, Rye Rye, The Indigo Girls, Thunderheist, a surprise slot for Kanye, Solange Knowles and Yelle all play. Perez […]

State @ SXSW 2009 – Day 4

March 23rd, 2009 by

So to the last day of our exodus into the heart of downtown of the Texas State Capital. There’s a saying around here – “Keep Austin Weird” that rings true. Maybe weird isn’t the right word for it. Maybe unique is better. State has never attended such a well-run festival. The SXSW organisers know their […]

State @ SXSW 2009 – Day 3

March 21st, 2009 by

Today was all about heavy-hitting sets from folk-rooted artists like Grizzly Bear, The Low Anthem, Lisa Hannigan and Dent May but the Irish also made an impression at the Breakfast Showcase on 6th Street. The aforementioned Lisa Hannigan charms everyone in the room lost in song, her delicate voice filling the room on her first […]

State @ SXSW 2009 – Day 2

March 20th, 2009 by

Day two was definitely more of a mixed bag than our inaugaural day in Texas which was perhaps down to the combination of our SXSW inexperience and some scheduling / capacity issues. Even an average day at South By is better than an average festival day however. It starts at the Gorilla Vs Bear Party, […]

My Roots Are Showing – Orange Juice

March 20th, 2009 by

When I first heard them something stirred within me. It was a typically dire Scottish summer’s evening in 1981, and I was sitting alone in my dad’s car, as many of us did during the golden age of CB radio. Sadly, my schoolmates, Pioneer and Velocity Girl, weren’t available to chat on channel 14, so […]