Interview: La Rocca

March 16th, 2008 by

The voyeuristic nature of being over 25 and watching teen dramas is not lost on La Rocca. ‘You have to try and not get involved with the stories,’ warns bassist Simon Baillie. ‘Then you don’t get hooked.’ It’s not life on the road that has led to such infatuations though, more the hunt for their […]

Interview: Lightspeed Champion

March 15th, 2008 by

You could be forgiven for expecting Falling Off The Lavender Bridge, the debut album from Lightspeed Champion (aka Dev from noisenik experimental terrorists Test Icicles), to be a prog-ish mosh-fest. You’d be very wrong indeed. But then nothing about this 21-year old multi-instrumentalist is conventional. In person, Dev – Devonte Hynes to his mum – […]

Interview: Ham Sandwich

March 13th, 2008 by

Some bands form at school, some at university, while others get together through a chance meeting in a pub. The Meteor Award-winning Ham Sandwich, however, decided that music was their destiny at a crucifixion party one Easter night in Kells. It figures. Of all of the bands doing the rounds in Ireland at the moment, […]

Q&A: John Malkovich on Beowulf

March 13th, 2008 by

John Malkovich, the two-time Academy Award nominee who lends his voice and his image to Unferth (above), King Hrothgar’s right-hand man in Beowulf talks about joining Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie in Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture animated, 6th century fable out on DVD this month.

Interview: Cadence Weapon

March 12th, 2008 by

If you’ve ever bemoaned your own lack of ambition or cursed your inability to succeed, a quick glance at Rollie Pemberton’s Curriculum Vitae may push the jealousy button up a notch. A self-professed writer, rapper, producer and remixer, Rollie has achieved more in his short 21 years of life than many of his peers ever […]

Interview: Los Campesinos!

March 9th, 2008 by

If you’re over 21, the music of Welsh septet, Los Campesinos! will make you feel old. If you’re younger, they’ll probably be your new favorite band. For the purposes of this interview State is over 21 and right now, asking them what they studied in university is making us feel ancient. That said, they’re practically […]

Interview: Adele

March 8th, 2008 by

As with Ella Fitzgerald, as with Billie Holiday, as with Dusty Springfield, as with Etta James, as with Lauryn Hill, Adele Adkins possesses a soulful voice which makes hairs stand on end with its melodious honesty. It’s a characteristic that revered singers share: the ability to make you understand their joys and troubles (but mostly […]

Circuit Breakers: A primer on the Irish Electronic scene

March 7th, 2008 by

Friday, midnight: while waiting to order at the bar, State is suddenly aware that pint glasses are vibrating across the counter top like wind-up toys moving hilariously to their doom. The bass frequencies are so loud that vision is blurry and the labels on the bottles stocked behind the bar are obfuscated and hallucinatory. There’s […]

Interview: Goldfrapp

March 6th, 2008 by

Alison Goldfrapp is exhausted. It’s the end of a non-stop week of press around Europe, that could justify diva antics, but instead she’s pleasant and just a smidge grumpy, but then she and Will Gregory have waited for an hour for State after a delayed flight. Thankfully Seventh Tree, their fourth album, makes for good […]

Interview: The Jimmy Cake

March 6th, 2008 by

You’d imagine it would be hard to lose something that has 18 legs, a combined weight of over 80 stones and more instruments than the Moscow Symphony Orchestra , but Dublin’s finest avant-garde instrumental music collective The Jimmy Cake have been conspicuous by their absence for half a decade. Sure there was the odd live […]

State Magazine Issue One out now!

March 5th, 2008 by

The day has finally arrived. Issue One has left the State nest and flown around the country to as many shops, newsagents, petrol stations and magazine outlets as possible. We are very very proud to finally share it with you all.