Forbidden Fruit – Sunday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

In terms of footfall, Forbidden Fruit 2017 immediately extends to us a bizarre dichotomy between its size and patronage. Entering the grounds of the RHK, there’s a noticeable swell in brightly-garbed, gurning youths peacocking around under rays of sunshine; far more so than the ‘too-much-of-a-good-thing’ crowd straggling outside the gates would suggest has landed here […]


Forbidden Fruit – Saturday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

The main thing that has been recurring in my mind since attending this year’s Forbidden Fruit is the level of pressure involved in contrast to other festivals of its scope. Though thousands of people pass through the Kilmainham site each year, it’s never hard to get a good spot for a particular artist, with no […]


La Femme

June 7th, 2017 by

La Femme sit somewhere on an idiosyncratic sound spectrum where they don’t seem to commit to one particular brand of noise making. Influenced by Cold Wave, No Wave, Surf Rock, and often found proliferating the motorik insistency of Krautrock, their’s is a musical powerhouse of vibrancy and intensity. Ever expanding, and with new music in the […]



The State Film Forecast: June 2017

June 2nd, 2017 by

If you’re reading this, congratulations, you’ve made it to June! We’ve somehow survived the first 150 days of 2017 and now the promise of summer hangs over us like a flock of seagulls over the canal, waiting to rob your ice cream and knock your cans over. A truly blessed time of year. Blockbuster season […]


Forbidden Fruit ’17

June 1st, 2017 by

With a lineup that seems to get weightier year by year, this weekend’s 2017 edition of Forbidden Fruit has been at the forefront of State’s collective editorial brain for some time now. Boasting a healthy supply of urban, indie, and electronic acts – some homegrown, some internationally and critically renowned – the three day city festival, which […]


Autre Monde Share ‘I Want My Enemies to Prosper’

June 1st, 2017 by

Dublin quartet, Autre Monde (comprised of Paddy Hanna, Mark Chester, Padraig Cooney and Eoghan O’Brien) have been garnering widespread critical acclaim since they began steadily sharing new material single online over the last few weeks. It is no surprise that the band have been successful in quickly capturing the affection of their audiences following the release of inaugural singles, ‘Customs’ and […]


Twin Peaks: The Return

June 1st, 2017 by

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract.” This has long been the answer David Lynch gave […]


Shadow Police

May 30th, 2017 by

Belfast’s Shadow Police are something of a breath of fresh air as electronic-indie music grows increasingly commercially sterile. The duo of Daniel Thornton and Matthew Duly, fresh-faced as they may be, are distinctly aware of their chosen genre’s electro-pop forefathers, and latest track ‘Dead Dance’ betrays a nod to the kind of melodic, shimmering timbres of […]


Vantastival ’17

May 30th, 2017 by

With the June bank holiday just under a week away, the return of Louth’s annual flagship event Vantastival is almost upon us. Now in its eighth year running, the small, van-oriented festival is sticking with the formula it introduced last year; a downsizing in capacity and duration. The event takes place over two days – […]



Slouch Share Double Single, ‘Umbrella on the Empty Sea’ & ‘It’s Not a Man Abandons Post’

May 24th, 2017 by

Dublin based trio Slouch have previously likened their music to “the sound of gorillas caged in a polystyrene prison cell.” This self-analysis is slightly unfair as their sound is far from personifying primitive tendencies which is demonstrated in their latest release, a double single featuring ‘It’s Not a Man Abandons Post’ and ‘Umbrella On The Empty […]


Silverbacks – Sink The Fat Moon (EP)

May 23rd, 2017 by

Currently out galavanting across the digital ether (and available to purchase, wink wink), Silverbacks’ new Sink The Fat Moon EP is a work of fuzzed-out insouciance. Cool and uncomplicated noise-rock is the name of the game, and across its five tracks Sink The Fat Moon delivers in spades. Spearheaded by Daniel and Kilian O’Kelly, before […]


The Fontaines – Liberty Belle (State exclusive)

May 22nd, 2017 by

The perfect meeting point of attitude, arrogance and musical talent, The Fontaines have been State favourites since we caught them in a dingy basement last year. The band release their new single ‘Liberty Belle’ this Friday and we’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at the video, a clip that captures the band both […]