Incoming: Benga

March 27th, 2008 by

While Burial’s Untrue was garnering acclaim and column inches in 2007 for “dubstep album of the year”, 21 year-old Beni “Benga” Uthman’s collaboration with producer Coki, ‘Night’ became the biggest-selling dubstep single of the last year.

Interview: Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band

March 20th, 2008 by

You may be familiar with Denmark’s Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band if you picked up a copy of issue one but there is so much more to these synth-pop/surf garage guys than we could fit onto paper. Their superb debut X-Ray Spirit is out on March 25th so we asked Thor and Thomas some questions and they gave us some entertaining answers.

Anger Management – Rent Boy

March 18th, 2008 by

It’s funny how something as simple as a dirty plate can tip you over the edge. One minute you’re whistling the theme tune to Family Guy, the next you’re daubing yourself in red marker, tying a tea towel around your head and starting every sentence with ‘your move motherfucker’. Or maybe that’s just how I […]

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 […]