Burnt Out continue to impress with ‘Joyrider’

October 14th, 2016 by

An opening salvo of confessional spoken-word pathos; drugs, violence, despair and pulsating anxiety offered to the listener in as bleak, black & white a way as the video that unfolds, ‘Joyrider’ by Burnt Out is one of the strongest tracks we’ve heard this year so far, and that list includes their March offering ‘Dear James’. Evoking […]

Listen: Katie Laffan – ‘Trophy’

October 11th, 2016 by

We’re hard at work putting together our Faces of 2017 list together as we speak, but we always like to keep an eye on those who have gone before. Katie Laffan’s first release since she made our 2016 list is a noticeable step forward from the sparky DIY pop of last year’s Dead As Disco […]

Le Butcherettes’ Teri Gender Bender

October 10th, 2016 by

“I’m trying to write about anything other than the American presidential elections,” Teri Gender Bender tells State ahead of Le Butcherettes’ latest European tour. For a distinctly abrasive band from Mexico and based in Texas who describe themselves simply as “accessibly raw,” perhaps an exploration of the politics of Donald the ridiculous is just that […]

Grimes Special

October 9th, 2016 by

Claire Boucher, known professionally as Grimes, is a Canadian artist that utilises music sonically and visually to encapsulate her depiction of her experiences growing as a musician in an overtly technologically advanced era. Grimes released her fourth and most commercially successful  studio album, Art Angels last year which has continued in its predecessors footsteps by […]

HWCH ’16

October 5th, 2016 by

It’s almost time for the annual three day celebration of Irish music that is Hard Working Class Heroes and once again State has scoured the schedule to bring you our pick of the 100 acts playing across eight venues. The likes of Bitch Falcon, Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, The Blizzards and Talos you’ll already know, […]


October 4th, 2016 by

Who are your favourite artists from home? That’s a rotten question! Loads of our pals are in bands, so I’d feel lousy if i listed them off and forgot one or something! But I’ll give it a go. I’m currently digging Cruiser, Slow Riot, Rusangano Family, Naive Ted, Protobaby, Fox Jaw, Anna’s Anchor, Same D, Emma […]

Pixies – Head Carrier

October 3rd, 2016 by

Back in 1971, The Band rumbled out of rock history with a triumphant swansong during which Robbie Robertson skewered his, Rick Danko’s and Richard Manuel’s ramshackle attempt at an old standard with a shake of a the head and a grin to the interviewer: “It’s not like it used to be.” The original line-up then […]

Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Drugdealer & More

October 2nd, 2016 by

“OMG! I’ve a jittering case of FOMO RN cos YOLO. Bae, it’s BYOB 4 the Netflix’n’Chill sesh. BRB. K, G2G. TTYL.”* There are a few reasons why it scares me that this is how a large portion of people are speaking to one another, presently. Shortcuts are no longer exclusive to finding the most time […]

Stars of the Lid..”You need to hire a nuclear physicist basically”

October 1st, 2016 by

Together now for for almost quarter of a century, Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid have developed a cult reputation as two of the world’s foremost minimal drone composers. Since their 1995 debut LP Music for Nitrous Oxide, they have released a string of critically lauded albums as well working on […]

Sinéad Meaney – GASH Collective Special

September 29th, 2016 by

Returning for her second mix for State, Sinéad Meaney (audiovisual artist, DJ, creative producer, legend, etc.) has come equipped with a mini-session of bangers ahead of this weekend’s GASH Collective party – a platform for women involved in left-field electronica in Ireland to host an all female line-up, continuing to fight the good fight for women everywhere through […]

Nightmares on Wax shares unreleased free demo tape downloads

September 29th, 2016 by

Legendary Warp Records mainstay Nightmares on Wax has made available a series of early career “demo” tapes for download that contain seedling elements that went into the likes of Smoker’s Delight and A Word of Science. The series, know as The NOW Experience sessions “are a collection of tapes ranging from ‘86-’97 made in connection with me and […]

Hare Squead..”Expect a lot more music, a lot more shows”

September 27th, 2016 by

Hare Squead are a cultural phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. That’s not to say that prior to the last couple of months they were, for lack of a better phrase, ‘the industry underdogs’ who were shunned by the ‘man’ and hidden from the airwaves. That’s far from the case; they got play, they […]

Chris Wise & The Hidden Revoultion

September 26th, 2016 by

Who are you and where are you from? Chris Wise And The Hidden Revolution, from Manchester. Who are your favourite artists from home?   Elbow, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Wild Beasts. What’s it really like touring?  Great, we love being on the road. What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?  Dublin and Glasgow are always up for […]

We Shall Overcome 2016 show details

September 26th, 2016 by

One of 259 events taking place to offer practical support to those suffering the human costs of austerity policies, Sunday October 9th is the date for State’s contribution to We Shall Overcome 2016 with an all ages show at the Workman’s Club running from 4pm to 9pm. As with last year, we’re teaming up with […]