WASPS

March 21st, 2017 by

Having found a mutual love for the complex and the heavy within the Belfast gig scene, Danny McCelland and Charlie Cairns, aka WASPS, found little other option than to start their own math-rock outfit (the matching ASIWYFA tattoos a cosmic indicator of sorts). The result was a sound that is both brash and intricate, distilled promisingly […]


Beatyard Announce Headlining Acts

March 16th, 2017 by

The seaside festival, Beatyard is getting ready for its third year of fun, frolics and funky music. It has fast become one of the anticipated weekends of music that throws you back to the familiar sounds of the 1980s and 1990s. With only a few months to go, French duo Air and producer/DJ extraordinaire Mark […]


Listen to the Debut E.P. from Montauk Hotel

March 15th, 2017 by

Dublin based quartet, Montauk Hotel shared their self-titled debut E.P. recently and we’ve been big fans of this up and coming band since they released their introductory single, ‘Black Dress’ in January of this year. Their sound is influenced by the softer pop-disco side of the eighties, perfect for summer listening and of course, the […]


Win A Pair of Tickets to Young Blood at The National Concert Hall

March 14th, 2017 by

Presently, we are spoilt with the vast wealth of talent amongst Ireland’s young writers, poets and songwriters. When the world is in flux and rationality becomes a novel idea the creative side of the brain attempts to make sense of the madness of others through the power of words. The thoughts of Ireland’s younger generation […]


Super Silly Share Video for ‘Not Ready To Leave’

March 13th, 2017 by

Hip Hop infused with smooth funk bass lines has already become the definitive sound of 2017 with Thundercat and Steve Lacy respectively releasing fantastic records recently. In Ireland, there is a quartet making music with as much infectious impact as its transatlantic counterparts. Since Super Silly released their debut single last year they have shown that they […]


Kool A.D., P.O.S, Cameron Avery & More

March 12th, 2017 by

There are few bands that have an immediate impact on me in the same way that The Walkmen do. Hamilton Leithauser’s ability to write lyrics about endurance – of life and love in states of change and stagnation – proffer reassurance without condescension. There are often stories told through his songs from both his time […]


Our Krypton Son – Fleas & Diamonds

March 10th, 2017 by

Derry’s Our Krypton Son, aka Chris McConaghy, has today released a thing of immense beauty with his sophomoric effort Fleas & Diamonds. A singer-songwriter in the truest sense of the craft, McConaghy traverses 12 tracks of intense personal reflection and emotional evaluation, tied together in arrangements that are as sweeping as they are melodic. A deft lyricist, […]


Hiva Oa – Jonny Brazil

March 9th, 2017 by

One of State’s beloved Faces of 2017, Hiva Oa effortlessly strike the perfect balance between heavy and melodic – perhaps no better represented by the emotionally challenging ‘Jonny Brazil’, which is taken from their September 2016 EP mkII (Part 1). Now, the track has a brand new video that State is delighted to premiere. Fittingly poignant, given yesterday’s […]


What’s on Other Voices this Week?

March 9th, 2017 by

Last week saw some tremendous performances from Girl Band, Rusangano Family, Margaret Glaspy, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley, and Fangclub, but there’s still more Other Voices ground to cover. Given that this is their 15th series, the quality remains high. Tonight, at 23.25 on RTE2, there will be a special showcase of Irish talent […]


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 […]