Paddy Hanna Shares New Single, ‘Bad Boys’

March 6th, 2017 by

Dublin musician, Paddy Hanna is a truly marvellous talent. His lyrics, past and present, have touched on mental health (Hanna recently performed at one of First Fortnight’s Therapy Sessions at the start of the year) as well as documenting the tomfoolery of being in your twenties. There is always variety in Hanna’s music – often […]


Sarah McBriar..”My vision was to create a world-class festival for Belfast”

March 6th, 2017 by

Sarah McBriar is quite the inspiration. Quitting your monthly salary to pursue a non-financially rewarding dream is an anxiety riddled journey, but one that Sarah has passionately battled through. Now in its third year, Belfast’s AVA Festival continues to illustrate the vast amount of local talent that Ireland has to offer, booking diverse and talented […]


The Amazons

March 6th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are The Amazons and we are from sunny sunny Reading. Who are your favourite artists from home? From Reading, Sundara Karma are great. From the UK generally we like Cupids, who’re out on tour with us this month. What’s it really like touring? It’s fun, it’s […]


Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood, Swet Shop Boys, Real Estate & More

March 5th, 2017 by

Ideas; some are great, others bad and depending on your logic levels certain ideas can be more than questionable. In reference to the latter two, one of the greatest innate qualities of the human brain – the seed of doubt – means that when we have particular ideas we do not always follow through on […]


The Art of the Bedroom Producer #3

March 2nd, 2017 by

Over the last few months we have played witness to immense workmanship and a refreshingly inspiring DIY attitude, such is the vast and varied abundance of bedroom producing talent throughout the UK and Ireland. The ingenuity and resourcefulness of the boxed in creative must not be neglected. The opportunity to witness an artist discover, grow and […]


Group Zero..”It’s all a bit surreal to be honest”

March 1st, 2017 by

I meet Cathal Cully in a chain coffee shop that rhymes with “zero”. It’s a completely tenuous link to why we’re both here, but I’m sticking with the idea that it’s a piece of startling synchronicity. The head Girls Name and, most recently (and the reason why we’re meeting) the brain behind the very freshly […]


Little Hours..”We’re weirdos, come have a laugh with us”

March 1st, 2017 by

John and Ryan of Little Hours describe themselves as two “culchie boys” who grew up five minutes from each other, making it easy to collaborate when they turned to music. The dynamic between the two flows easily, even when talking over the phone – they’re laughing away as they alternate between chatting to me and […]


Brass Phantoms Share New Music Video for ‘Waiting Up’

March 1st, 2017 by

Dublin based post-punk ensemble, Brass Phantoms are steadily on the rise and 2017 is already off to a fantastic start. They played to a packed Whelan’s as part of the One’s To Watch series and last week they released the music video for their current single, ‘Waiting Up’. We caught up with James from Brass […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 28th, 2017 by

Last week was as exceptional as ever from the Other Voices camp, with performances by Gregory Porter, Sample Answer, Le Galaxie, Pixie Geldof, and Cry Monster Cry. There’s still more to come as the series continues, and State are delighted to be able to preview each new episode before it airs. Tune in to RTE […]


Bad Bones..”Sound and vision come hand in hand for me”

February 28th, 2017 by

Set to perform alongside John Cummins, Valerie Francis, Holly Pereira, and Lime & Fancy DJs this Friday to kick off Hennessy Lost Fridays at the RHA, Bad Bones, aka Sal Stapleton, talks us through her influences, artistic vision, live show, and more. What was it that drew you to making electronic music in the first place? Can you […]


Alex Wiley, Leonard Cohen, Lana Del Rey & More

February 26th, 2017 by

One of the constant companions in life is music. If you are sad or happy there will always be a song that can articulate how you’re feeling when you don’t have the words within. The power of curating a playlist specially designed to render you and give you hope is one of the most cathartic […]


Group Zero – Structures and Light

February 24th, 2017 by

Usually found fronting Belfast quartet Girls Names, Cathal Cully’s debut foray into solo territory sees its release today. Under the guise of Group Zero, Cully’s first album proper is called Structures and Light and emerges via Belfast’s Touch Sensitive label, our recent partners for Output Belfast. Something of a sonic departure for Cully, the record is […]


Dioscó na mBó – Vanua (ft. Vėtra)

February 23rd, 2017 by

It’s always a treat when a track so strong, yet so simple, lands in the abyss of the State mailbox. Such is the case with ‘Vanua’, a silky, trip hop-esque cut from Sligo’s Dioscó na mBó, the trio of  Steven Conway, Rory Selby-Smith, and Jack Selby-Smith. Known for their penchant for analogue textures, as much […]


What’s On Other Voices This Week?

February 22nd, 2017 by

As the series continues to showcase the best of Irish and international music, we’re previewing each new episode ahead of its airing. Last week, there were stellar performances (and enlightening chat) from Conor Oberst, Carson McHone, Kojey Radical and Overhead, The Albatross. Some lineup, eh? This week, we have the sensational voice of Gregory Porter to look forward to. One […]