Preacher’s Son interview

May 26th, 2009 by

If it wasn’t for his father, Brian Hogan wouldn’t be here today. Literally, of course, that goes without saying but it is also true of the musical journey of the Kila bass player, now also front man with new band Preacher’s Son. Father Larry was prevalent in the Irish 60’s folk scene with his group […]

Interview with Friendly Fires

May 26th, 2009 by

Ahead of their Heineken Green Spheres show with Casiokids and Thecockandbullkid in Waterford on Wednesday (Doors open at 9pm, First act 10pm – to accomodate the Champions League Final), Ed McFarlane of the funky/indie/shoegaze band Friendly Fires talks to State about recording a debut LP with one microphone, his ideal remix team, their funk and […]

Europavox 2009 preview

May 23rd, 2009 by

This week State packs its bags and jets off to France to attend Europavox, a neat little music festival taking place in the town of Clermont-Ferrand. Now in its fourth year, the festival manifests itself as a series of concerts held in venues around Clermont and the surrounding area to showcase the finest European musical […]

Stiff Little Fingers: When Belfast Punk’d The World

May 20th, 2009 by

The musical wasteland that was the mid-seventies was a desolate place for many, but for a teenage Jake Burns, son of a Hank Wangford fan and aspiring guitarist, the sense of musical despair was only heightened by his Belfast location. ‘People were afraid to come to Northern Ireland, apart from Rory Gallagher who came every […]

SuperJimenez interview

May 13th, 2009 by

SuperJimenez’s debut album Bang was a long time in the making. After signing to Reekus Records in 2006, the band left after only one single, unhappy with the labels attempts to pigeonhole them. But their newfound freedom quickly took a hit, when guitarist Rhys was deported back to Australia for nine months. Bang finally came […]

Anti-Pop Consortium interview

May 7th, 2009 by

Experimental foursome Anti-Pop Consortium are often described as -hip-hop meets poetry’. Having met at a New York City poetry slam, an eventful career has seen them produce some extraordinarily inventive music, split up and then reform and go on tour with Radiohead. Beans told State all about it as the band prepare for a visit […]

State Mix #8 – Tiny Magnetic Pets

May 7th, 2009 by

Tonight sees Tiny Magnetic Pets launch their album Return Of The Tiny Magnetic Pets Upstairs in Whelan’s and to celebrate we asked the band to put together the latest in our State Mixes and the result takes in the likes of Bowie, Eno, Bush, Can and …. Add (N) To X. Nice mix. The Pets […]

Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks

May 1st, 2009 by

Early this month, the oracles at the Irish Times listed their ’50 best music acts right now’, so that we would all know who to like, at least until their next list. And in amidst the nostalgic wishful thinking (Ash) and premature overpraising (Villagers), there were a few genuine results: notably, Adrian Crowley carded a […]

My Roots Are Showing – Queen

April 29th, 2009 by

Christmas 1981 and there was a revolution going on. Punk had blown itself out, new wave was passing and the tribes were on the move – the festive number one was Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Not round our house though, the prized gift of the year being Queen‘s Greatest Hits. I suspect I […]

A Camp interview

April 29th, 2009 by

Nina Persson has made two A Camp records in her life. Two records under the same banner but both quite different in their own way. The first, self-titled, was very much a country affair – both in terms of music and the remote locations where it was recorded. For the second outing, however, she has […]

State vs Club AU #2 – The Rags, Escape Act, John Shelly & The Creatures

April 28th, 2009 by

Hot on the heels of last week’s memorable Villagers, ASIWYFA and Alphastates triple bill comes the second State & Club AU collaboration, this time featuring two names from the AU part of the world alongside one of Dublin’s finest. The Rags have been operating below the radar of late, readying their debut album for a […]

Camera Obscura interview

April 22nd, 2009 by

The title of Camera Obscura’s third album My Maudlin Career hints at the lyrical themes and melancholic subject matter that have helped this Scottish band garner fans in their native Scotland and abroad. Ahead of their Dublin gig in Andrew’s Lane Theatre on the 30th of April and the Stiff Kitten in Belfast the night […]

Doves – Olympia Theatre, Dublin & giveaway

April 22nd, 2009 by

It’s four years since Doves released Some Cities, a hiatus in which the world has plummeted into recession and the music industry has not been spared. Fans were concerned about the long pause, worried the band had called it a day. Thankfully those concerns were unfounded: Doves were quietly writing Kingdom of Rust, a beautiful, […]

Mundy interview

April 21st, 2009 by

About a decade ago Edmund Enright sat in the London office of his lawyer and was told the best thing for him to do would be to kill off Mundy. “Tarnished” was how the guy at the other side of the desk described the pseudonym of the Birr native, who had just been dropped by […]