Interview: Roots Manuva

October 30th, 2008 by

Ahead of his Dublin date in the Academy this Saturday, State talked to Rodney Smith about life, politics, his obsession with Father Ted (really), how honesty doesn’t help him, why Dub is like trad, Toddla T and why he ended up in a hotel reception without any trousers the last time he visited Ireland. Hey […]

Ham Sandwich announce new single, video & dates

October 30th, 2008 by

Astonishingly, Ham Sandwich are on their seventh single release already, suggesting a dedication to the medium not seen since the days of Motown. Happily -Broken Glass’ is more of the same high quality catchy yet dark pop that we’ve come to expect from one of State’s bands of the year. There’s a great video too, […]

Interview: Nitin Sawhney

October 22nd, 2008 by

State had a fascinating chat with Nitin Sawhney recently where we discussed everything from racial attacks to what it’s like being somebody ‘not white’ in London after the Underground bombings to the current economic climate to the corporate ‘fat cat twats’, his views on Sarah Palin and why he’s not crazy about Obama either. We […]

Interview: My Ruin

October 21st, 2008 by

Having started off her career as a rapper working alongside the likes of Dr Dre and Salt N’ Peppa, Tairrie B moved into the world of metal through bands such as Manhole, Tura Santana and, since 1999, My Ruin. Dealing with heavy topics in the shape of even heavier music, the band have just released […]

State Mix #6: Pivot

October 20th, 2008 by

After resurrecting our State Mix Series from its summer break last week, we’ve got another banger for you to enjoy following The Expert’s recent mix. Coming from Aussie band and newest member of the Warp Records family, Pivot who fuse instrumental rock with synthesized electronics to create something unique onto itself. Wrap your ears around […]

Might Be Giants – Marnie Stern

October 16th, 2008 by

She shreds a guitar like AC/DC’s Angus Young does Ms. Stern. The riffs are frantic, the drums are jittery, the songs are complicated and her high-pitched voice fights to be heard amongst the din. It’s not every day you hear so much freneticism from just one person. ‘Transformer’ is an old-fashioned rock and roll beast, […]

State Mix #5: The Expert (MJEX)

October 14th, 2008 by

It’s been too long. The State Mix series is back with an exclusively prepared mix from The Expert of Messiah J & The Expert which he kindly made for us, even though he’s currently preparing for the release of the third MJEX album From the Word Go which is out this Friday, October 17th. The […]

We’ve come to accept our reward…..

October 12th, 2008 by

Well award actually, but then the Teardrop Explodes reference wouldn’t work. Yes, last night State, unaccustomed as we are to public speaking, found ourselves facing a room of 300 people, a few of them possibly less than sober. The occasion was the inaugural Irish Web Awards and State getting the nod for Best Music Site […]

Interview: Juana Molina

October 9th, 2008 by

‘I’m good at mixing vegetables with fruits and cereal. Many different separate flavours, but then you put them together and you choose. I’m not very much into this over-elaborated cuisine.’ Juana Molina is discussing her culinary skills, but she might as well be telling State her artistic manifesto. La dama from Buenos Aires is gradually […]

Interview: Bon Iver

October 8th, 2008 by

‘I reallllllly think I am going out of my head sometimes. I’m watching re-run marathons of sexual victims shows and shows about Sex in the City in a little barn house that my father built. I’m at least 60 miles away from anyone I love, sometimes more like 1,500. I am about 18 feet away […]

State Issue 7 – The Details

October 2nd, 2008 by

Been a long time since we rock -n’ rolled. Well actually it’s only been two months but, you know what, we missed you and we missed putting out a fine music magazine. Our time was well spent though, launching a new look website (nominated for Irish music site of the year by the way) and […]

Photos: Fight Like Apes, Whelans

September 30th, 2008 by

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Fight Like Apes launched their album in Whelans last Friday to a sold-out, radio broadcast crowd. The show ended up involving rubbish bins, gear smashing and a whole lotta sweat. Loreana Rushe was there to capture their triumph. The band are on an a UK tour with […]

State gets a tour of The O2

September 26th, 2008 by

The Point of the whole refurbishment has now become spectacularly clear. While The O2 is still very much a building site, press were yesterday allowed a sneaky peek of Dublin’s newest gig venue, two-and-a-half months before it’s due to open its doors to Kings Of Leon on December 19th – and State came away very […]

Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (Track by Track)

September 19th, 2008 by

Kings of Leon’s fourth album Only By The Night is released today, Huzzah! But what does it sound like? Here’s State’s track-by track run down. A full review will appear in the next issue of the magazine. 1.’Closer’ A markedly different sound for the band opens the record. The main melody is a bass guitar […]