Rory Nellis – Casual Discrimination

February 6th, 2017 by

One of the most distinctive voices in Northern Irish songwriting, Rory Nellis has returned with a new track befitting of the turbulent times we find ourselves in. ‘Casual Discrimination’, the third offering to be taken from Nellis’ forthcoming new album There Are Enough Songs In The World (out November 6th), follows on from ‘Born for Rainy Weather’ […]

Fionn Regan, Lisa Hannigan, Kate Tempest & More

February 5th, 2017 by

When you’re not feeling like the best version of yourself it helps to take in some words of wisdom and wit. It can be really difficult to take advice or accept encouraging assertions from peers, sometimes it’s easier to take on the affirmations of strangers. Last weekend I saw an exhibition with a collection of […]

Choice Music Prize Song of the Year – Playlist & Launch Gallery

February 3rd, 2017 by

Following on from the announcement of the RTE Choice Music Prize Song of the Year shortlist, we thought we’d put the featured tracks together in a playlist to celebrate. The bonus is, of course, that Kieran Frost was there on the night of the launch to take the fantastic photos you’ll see below. Many congratulations […]

Go, Move, Shift! Gypsies Ready to Roll

January 31st, 2017 by

Gypsies on the Autobahn release their debut album Born Brief in late February; a record that crystalizes everything the band have done since they formed in school. We caught up with the band to get the skinny on Born Brief, musical influences and future plans for world dominance. Born Brief is a ball of frantic, […]

Father John Misty, Participant, Munky & More

January 29th, 2017 by

While Zara Hedderman, our hard-working reviews editor and regular Videos of the Week introducer-person, enjoys a well deserved break, allow me (Aaron, State’s editor – hello!) to attempt a fitting preface to this selection of music videos we’ve dug over the past seven days. We’ve got Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ in there. Quite apt, really, […]

Cass McCombs, Young Thug, I Have a Tribe & More

January 22nd, 2017 by

I have four particular pals to whom I’ve become a primary source of providing advice to in matters of the heart. It’s been really fun for me because up until about three months ago (when my non-existing expertise was initially enlisted) my advice – in this capacity, especially – had never once been sought. This […]

Owen Denvir – You Don’t Want To Love Me

January 20th, 2017 by

Produced as part of a five-video collection called Motion Picture Soundtrack that Denvir has been releasing throughout January, State is delighted to premiere ‘You Don’t Want To Love Me’, the third in the series, and arguably the most poignant. A multi-instrumentalist, Denvir has captured a snapshot of the gusto necessary to approach each element of the track – […]

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 […]