THUMPER – ‘Fear of Art’

April 21st, 2017 by

Dublin band THUMPER combine garage rock, psychedelic-pop and lyrics that give a wry insight into the insecurities of our generation. Their songs possess an immediately likability that makes you become invested in THUMPER because they are a band that you get excited for what is to come next. Earlier this year the band released ‘The […]


BD Festival, Wicklow

April 20th, 2017 by

Barn Dance festival was dirty. And not the preemptive kind of dirty you expect at most festivals that force you to harness your inner ‘cuclhie’ and shamelessly wear a pair of bright, ornate welly boots. Nor is it even the kind of contained dirty wherein you calmly make peace with the fact that every item […]


Sea Pinks Announce New Album and Share First Single, ‘Into Nowhere’

April 19th, 2017 by

Belfast-based trio, Sea Pinks have been making making some of the finest bittersweet guitar pop for seven years and their repertoire continues to get stronger as demonstrated in their latest single, ‘Into Nowhere’. This new track is the first glimpse into their forthcoming sixth album, Watercourse which will be released on May 26th. The band […]


Talos..”I don’t see it as me, front and centre of the stage”

April 19th, 2017 by

One can feel the call of the void on the third day of Electric Picnic – a day where one’s human fragility can be all too apparent. The bookers know this, and a case of smart organisation put Talos on the Sunday afternoon slot last year. The Cork outfit’s set in the LittleBigTent briefly stayed the […]


Autre Monde Share New Single, ‘New Recruit’

April 19th, 2017 by

Recently established Dublin-based band Autre Monde made their debut only a few weeks ago with the release of their excellent introductory single, ‘Customs’. The quartet have been more than considerate to their new legion of fans as they have promptly shared the follow-up single, ‘New Recruit’, a rambunctious four minutes that will have you involuntarily nodding your […]


Via: Barvikha – Chris Ryan

April 18th, 2017 by

Certainly ramping things up in terms of volume and presence since last we heard about his solo venture, Via: Barvikha, aka Chris Leckey, is breaking new sonic ground with his latest effort Chengdu. Formerly a member of Belfast hardcore outfit PigsAsPeople, Leckey’s step towards a more delicate harmonic balance with his output last year hasn’t diminished the urgency or jagged edge […]


Toro Y Moi, Kamasi Washington, Le Galaxie & More

April 17th, 2017 by

“Musical criticism is a fictional occupation.” I remember the first time I heard this line from ‘The Basement’ off Kool A.D.’s most recent album, Sky Ladder. It stood out to me because despite spending a lot of my time reviewing albums and live shows it’s still an exercise that, every now and again, perplexes me. […]


Rory Nellis Shares New Single, ‘Crossed Out’

April 17th, 2017 by

“Getting sentimental over things that never really happened.” This is just one of many resonating aspects of ‘Crossed Out’, the new single from the exceptional Rory Nellis. The Northern Irish singer-songwriter has garnered praise from critics as well building as a solid fanbase since 2015 following the release of his beautiful solo-debut entitled, Ready For You Now. […]


Another Love Story Festival Announces Line Up

April 13th, 2017 by

March showers bring forth April flowers and announcements of wonderful festivals abundant with homegrown talent. The latest flurry of excitement for the summer came with the unveiling of acts due to play at Another Love Story’s return to Killyon Manor in County Meath this August, taking place from the 18th to the 20th. Organised and carefully […]


The Mythical Good Friday Afternoon Pint

April 13th, 2017 by

There’s something just so appealing about an afternoon pint on Good Friday. Unfortunately for us, in the North and South of Ireland, the concept of this is about as realistic as an atheist’s view towards the very reason the day is remembered. Easter is a weird time of the year for the Irish. We’re granted […]


Yousef..”Everything still has the heartbeat of house”

April 11th, 2017 by

Few have had an impact on modern dance culture as much as Liverpool’s Yousef. Now, entering its fifteenth year, Circus is well and truly established as one of the UK’s prime party events. The key to any successful brand is its openness to adaptation, and Yousef’s Circus has gone above and beyond, evolving into a global […]


Clipping, The I.L.Y’s, Blood Orange, Beach Fossils & More

April 9th, 2017 by

In the last two months I have become mildly obsessed with making playlists. This compulsion to accumulate all of my favourite songs that embody a certain emotion was brought about by something that I believed could only be remedied by music. It sounds cheesy and frankly, it is an overwhelmingly emotionally charged playlist that features […]


Otherkin Release Video for ‘Bad Advice’

April 7th, 2017 by

 As they gear up for what promises to be a Summer like no other, one-time State.ie Faces licentiate Otherkin have just released their new video for ‘Bad Advice’. And it’s savage! With a (deserved) support slot at Guns ‘n’ Roses Slane Castle extravaganza and various UK festival appearances to keep themselves busy over the coming […]


Hit Parade – Shake of Hands (The Heart)

April 5th, 2017 by

When they reunited in 2016 to mark their 10 year anniversary, Hit Parade performed a charity gig at Dublin’s Workman’s Club, recorded a new song, and filmed an accompanying short film. Now seeing its release, State is delighted to present ‘Shake of Hands (The Heart)’, a cut of substantial 90s indie jangle that leans towards the […]