Faces ’17 launch at Whelan’s Ones to Watch

January 18th, 2017 by

Last week saw us launch our State Faces ’17 selection, with our twenty choices for the year ahead lovingly captured by our incredible photographic team. We were also delighted to have six of them – plus guests Sun.Set.Ships and Shrug Life – join us in Whelan’s on Friday night as part of their Ones To […]

The Art of the Bedroom Producer #2

January 17th, 2017 by

Some of the greatest records of all time have been created within the sub-universe of a bedroom. Four walls within four larger walls that represent an escape to a world where the soundtrack is entirely your own. Craftsmanship can often go unnoticed, but the bedroom producer ploughs on, creating their own brand of art through […]


January 16th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Keith: We’re a band based in the South Dublin area, I’m from Stillorgan and Gav’s from Dundrum. We’re both cousins and we decided a while back it might be cool to make a band together. Gavin: Yeah, we went to the same school and Keith was the […]

David Bowie, Cate Le Bon, Foxygen & More

January 15th, 2017 by

New Year, new me. That’s how every January begins, a justification for the preceding weeks and months of indulgences or unsavoury behaviour. It’s a vague acknowledgement that you feel the need to change the traffic of your body and mind. But, how can everyone be expected to synchronise to reprogram themselves as they enter into […]

State’s Faces of 2017

January 12th, 2017 by

For a full year we sat around powerlessly watching the passing of sand. So many musical lights were extinguished as a remarkable number of heroes and legends took their final bow. We cannot recall a year like it, if we’re being honest. But there is no need to start rhyming off the names, we need […]

Brian Eno – Reflection

January 7th, 2017 by

The atmosphere surrounding the rush to contextualise the past 12 months has mostly been all doom-and-gloom, and for those of us for whom popular culture is not just a fun way to pass the time but a singular obsession, it can be easy to shift the weight of responsibility its way when it’s not all […]

DSNT’s Oisin O’Brien

January 7th, 2017 by

“We throw visually intense techno parties, release records & love doof.” There’s a wonderful simplicity to DSNT. Not for one second am I suggesting that running a label and event is easy. Far from it. I’m merely highlighting that the no frills, anti-hipster atmosphere that the concept maintains is beautifully direct. We’re not here for […]

Jenny Hval – The Great Undressing

January 5th, 2017 by

Having released one of the albums of 2016 in Blood Bitch, it’s fair to say that Jenny Hval has enough Grade A material to keep her going for a while, as evidenced by her latest video for ‘The Great Undressing’, as well as the fact that she’ll be going on a big ‘ol tour. A distinctly NSFW visual […]

State’s Tracks of 2016

December 24th, 2016 by

Having listed our top films, albums and gigs of 2016, it’s time for the Christmas Party Playlist – State’s Tracks of 2016. We’ve had amazing new music from homegrown artists, absolute bangers from breakout acts, and a heap of emotive new offerings from long time favourites. All that’s really left to do now is just press play, […]

State’s Gigs of 2016

December 23rd, 2016 by

Between festival main stages and dark, sweaty back rooms, it’s been a fairly lucrative year for the Irish gig goer. Homegrown acts have been propelled to lofty new live heights, while our shores were graced by many longtime favourites and international breakout acts. Luckily, State’s team of writers and photographers are an exceptionally talented bunch and were […]

State’s Albums of 2016

December 18th, 2016 by

What makes an album special and exceptional? There are a few things that immediately set some records apart from the rest. Songwriting, feeling, originality, synergy between the songs. It has been said repeatedly that 2016 was an astounding twelve months for music across the genres. We saw the return of artists and bands who have excited […]

Ireland’s greatest ever punk track?

December 17th, 2016 by

Between 2002 and 2009 a band unknown in most circles blistered through the Irish underground scene with riotous gigs and a number of punk-pop stand-outs like ‘Silence in Conversation‘ (81,000 hits on YouTube) and ‘Taken Away in a Car’. Over the decades, quality Irish punk tunes have included The Undertones’ pop-punk classic ‘Teenage Kicks’, SLF’s less-than-stiff […]

State’s Films of 2016

December 16th, 2016 by

Talk to anyone in casual conversation and the consensus was that 2016 was a pretty dud year for film. While music flourished with the return of Frank Ocean and farewells from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, cinema at times failed to excite, buoyed by the bloated excess of increasingly grim franchises, tie-ins and spin-offs. But outside […]

She & Him, Holy Fuck & Tim Presley

December 11th, 2016 by

There are two weeks left until Christmas. More precisely, from today you have thirteen days left to get everything you need organised for the big day. The stress is mounting and you’re beginning to feel like a contestant in The Crystal Maze, time is precious to find exactly what you need. If you’re feeling agitated […]