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.

NME Awards: Shock and Snore

March 3rd, 2008 by

The NME Shockwave (very important that bit) Awards came into my life not by design but by accident. Having found myself in the relatively rare situation of being awake late on a Friday night (parent of a certain age and all that) and discovering that ‘Later’ was full of jazz..

State Magazine – Issue One

February 26th, 2008 by

As I write, we’re spending a – shall we say focused – Tuesday afternoon in the State offices applying the finishing touches to the first issue of State Magazine, so it seems like as good a time as any to let you know a little of what is coming your way.

The Brits 2008

February 21st, 2008 by

The biggest night in UK music awards ceremonies, The Brits took place last night. Phil spent the night watching it.

Podcast: The Meteors, Choice Music Prize and Ham Sandwich

February 19th, 2008 by

Our first podcast in the series of round-table informal discussions on the topics of the day kicks off with a look back at Friday night’s Meteor Music Awards 2008 with Ham Sandwich in the studio as guests and a look forward to the Choice Music Prize event.

Video: Sidi Touré on the Take-Away Shows

February 19th, 2008 by

The Take-Away crew travel to Mali to meet African blues-folk musician Sidi Touré to film a captivating set of songs shot on the streets of his desert neighboorhood. Absolutely breathtaking.

Tabloid Hell

February 7th, 2008 by

For those operating in the world of tabloid journalism, the last few weeks in the world of music have been manna from heaven. Seldom have so many pop stars slide into the world of disaster at the same time – from Amy and her drug dabbling, Cheryl and her errant husband (pop and football – result) and Britney and, well, everything.