Hit Parade – Shake of Hands (The Heart)

April 5th, 2017 by

When they reunited in 2016 to mark their 10 year anniversary, Hit Parade performed a charity gig at Dublin’s Workman’s Club, recorded a new song, and filmed an accompanying short film. Now seeing its release, State is delighted to present ‘Shake of Hands (The Heart)’, a cut of substantial 90s indie jangle that leans towards the […]

Touts – Sold Out

April 4th, 2017 by

“A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see” is how Touts modestly describe themselves and, while they’re certainly still a bit rough around the edges, the Derry trio more than make up for it with passion and energy. New single ‘Sold Out’ is as punk as […]

New Katie Laffan video for ‘Tastemaker’

April 4th, 2017 by

Katie Laffan has always had a funky side to her indie pop songwriting, especially on debut EP Dead As Disco, but new single ‘Tastemaker’ ups the element yet again. Fleshing out her sound with Chic-style guitar stabs and undoubted disco rhythms, it’s guaranteed to make anyone want to get up and dance – not least […]

Autre Monde Share Debut Single, ‘Customs’

April 3rd, 2017 by

What do you get if you put some of Dublin’s finest musicians and songwriters together in one supergroup? No, this is not the set up for a bad punchline. The answer is Autre Monde, the latest Irish musical ensemble to get excited who are from the offset far from a joke. Comprised of Paddy Hanna on […]

Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Mac DeMarco & More

April 2nd, 2017 by

Often, a fool is looked upon as someone who is silly. A person not to be taken seriously or that can be serious. We probably all know someone that is instantly recognisable as the messer of the friend group. In a social setting they will make the people around them laugh in an effort to […]

Pale Waves

March 31st, 2017 by

So who are you and where are you from? I’m Heather from Pale Waves, we’re from Manchester. How did the band come together? Ciara and I started the band about three and a half years ago now… We spent about two of those years just writing together before Charlie and Hugo joined. Then we gigged […]

Le Galaxie Share New Single, ‘Pleasure’

March 30th, 2017 by

It has been two years since Le Galaxie, steadfast favourite of the Irish music scene, released their outstanding Le Club album. They are renowned for their energetic live shows and for being one of the hardest working bands in Dublin. Their music has an exuberance that will make you want to stop whatever you’re doing, […]


March 30th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? I’m Frances and I’m from Newbury in Berkshire. Who are your favourite artists from home? Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware. What’s it really like touring? Fun!! It’s one big holiday with your best friends. What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Dublin, obviously!! What’s your ideal festival line-up? […]

John Hynes Shares Video for ‘Caroline, I’m Yours’

March 30th, 2017 by

Calling on the masterful melodies of the 1960s that effortlessly encapsulate matters of the heart, John Hynes is a Dublin based musician that will stop you in your tracks and make you feel wistful and sentimental with his music. Hynes released the video for his current single, ‘Caroline, I’m Yours’, a catchy pop song with […]

Maija Sofia Shares Video for ‘Persephone’

March 30th, 2017 by

Maija Sofia is an artist to get acquainted with this year for a myriad of reasons. Her music is beautifully sombre in a way that makes you listen tentatively to her words which are stoic in the romanticism of the characters she sings about. Often, her musical arrangements are pared back – a lone guitar, […]

What’s on Other Voices this Week?

March 28th, 2017 by

Having traversed not one, but two excellent SXSW specials, Other Voices returns to our shores for a showcase from Electric Picnic. Great news, indeed, but a double-edged sword in that this episode is the final in a series that has seen some illuminating performances from bands and artists making waves at home and afar. The […]

Drake’s More Life

March 28th, 2017 by

Drake’s More Life “playlist” is either a genre-breaking, experimental musical master class that flips the status quo on its head, or it’s a cheap ploy to distract the listener from the fact that he didn’t actually produce a concise, cohesive project. In fairness, it’s probably both. Reviewing albums is relatively easy; they usually have some sort of […]

Thurston Moore, Migos, Run The Jewels & More

March 26th, 2017 by

It was World Poetry Day earlier this week and online people from across the globe shared their favourite poems. There is a poem about every inevitability in life; love, death, healing, family, banalities of everyday and pets. Here’s one of my favourite poems about contentment and how easily it can be found from within. For […]