WASPS – Which Way Did He Go?

July 18th, 2017 by

Already on their third release since their December debut ‘Godzilla Is Dead’, Belfast duo WASPS make it a hat trick with the short and snappy ‘Which Way Did He Go?’. Combining a sparse math rock sound with a surprisingly nimble way around a melody, it is – in the words of Neil Diamond – a […]


Bitch Falcon – Wolfstooth Reloaded

July 13th, 2017 by

When it comes to bands, few rock quite as hard as Bitch Falcon – which is why it might seem a slight surprise to find them on the bill of this weekend’s Longitude Festival, a hip-hop and electro heavy event if ever there was one (on the first two days anyway). We don’t expect them […]


Autre Monde Share ‘I Want My Enemies to Prosper’

June 1st, 2017 by

Dublin quartet, Autre Monde (comprised of Paddy Hanna, Mark Chester, Padraig Cooney and Eoghan O’Brien) have been garnering widespread critical acclaim since they began steadily sharing new material single online over the last few weeks. It is no surprise that the band have been successful in quickly capturing the affection of their audiences following the release of inaugural singles, ‘Customs’ and […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Come On Live Long – Bones To Break

February 16th, 2017 by

The second Come On Live Long album has been a long time coming but the wait is nearly over, with the release of In The Still imminent. The band have just posted the first single from the record, available for free download via Bandcamp. When we say that Come On Live Long have the ability […]


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’ […]


James Vincent McMorrow – Evil

September 23rd, 2016 by

The latest single to be taken from his number 1 album We Move, ‘Evil’ sees James Vincent McMorrow introduce an interesting electronic edge to his sound and is a great follow up to lead album single ‘Get Low’. With upcoming live dates  Galway’s Black Box on October 5th, and Dublin’s National Stadium on October 7th, expect to hear a lot more of it in the coming […]


Amidships – Let’s Get Lost

August 31st, 2016 by

Set to play as part of State’s Sunday takeover of the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic, Amidships have shared this exclusive first listen of ‘Let’s Get Lost’. A rambunctious introduction to the Dublin/Belfast alt-rockers if you’re thus far unfamiliar, ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is explicit in extending its gruff guitars and puncturing rhythm section to the listener. Moving […]


Beauty Sleep – Living Right

August 22nd, 2016 by

Belfast’s Beauty Sleep have been steadily building an impressive repertoire and fan-base over the past year, and given the quality of latest single ‘Living Right’, it’s easy to see why. Hazy, saturated in chorus and good vibes, ‘Living Right’ marks something of a departure in atmosphere from the trio’s most recent offerings, but doesn’t falter […]


Crystal Castles – Fleece

August 16th, 2016 by

With new album Amnesty (I) due for release this Friday, August 19th, Crystal Castles have shared new single ‘Fleece’, and it’s a typically chaotic and garish turn from the recently re-jigged duo. Slightly nightmarish, and altogether banging, ‘Fleece’ hopefully precedes a collection of similar styled tracks come Friday. Fingers crossed, eh?


Best Boy Grip – Fukushima

August 5th, 2016 by

We recently had the pleasure of premiering ‘Love You More’ by Eoin O’Callaghan’s Wake America project, but he’s arguably better known to many as Best Boy Grip. Fans that we are, we’re delighted to be able to share with you a brand new track by O’Callaghan under his Best Boy Grip guise, ‘Fukushima’, which has […]