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 […]


A Grave With No Name – House

July 5th, 2016 by

Not the surly, quick-quipping Hugh Laurie character from a wildly overrated American television show, but the new single from London-based singer/songwriter/musician Alexander Shields, aka, A Grave With No Name. ‘House’ comes ahead of the release of his new album Wooden Mask, which is due out on August 12th via Forged Artifacts. Taking on a warmer veil for ‘House’, the track, […]


Documenta – Love As A Ghost

July 4th, 2016 by

First appearing on their magnetic 2015 full-length Drone Pop #1, Belfast shoegaze/noise seven-piece Documenta have shared an extended version of the David Holmes-produced ‘Love As A Ghost’, ahead of its July 22nd release proper. Clocking in at an expansive 6 minutes and 44 seconds, this updated reflection on the original compounds Joe Greene & co.’s proclivity for rhythmic intensity […]


Super Silly – No Pressure

June 28th, 2016 by

The subject of much anticipation, the debut track from Super Silly is finally with us and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Having plied their trade with the likes of Hare Squead, Stay Gold, Farah Elle, Soulé and more there’s a huge amount of experience amongst the four members – something that clearly comes across on the […]


Wake America – Love You More

June 24th, 2016 by

We were thrilled to be asked to premiere ‘Everything I Want’ some months back, and now, Wake America has shared with State ‘Love You More’, the latest single from Eoin O’Callaghan (aka Best Boy Grip) under his new guise. Subtle and atmospheric in its opening bars, ‘Love You More’ very quickly adopts a familiar motif seen through O’Callaghan’s […]


Teenage Fanclub – I’m In Love

June 22nd, 2016 by

One of the UK’s most celebrated bands, Teenage Fanclub, make their their long-awaited return with the release of tenth album, Here on the 9th of September. The new LP will be released on the band’s own PeMa label via Republic Of Music with the first single, ‘I’m In Love’, having premiered on 6Music last week and currently available […]


Leopard Skin Jasper – Orsic Poppy / Akka

May 13th, 2016 by

Formed in Cork in 2014, Leopard Skin Jasper are making the kind of gauzy, vibrant experimental music that strikes us as incredibly well thought-out in its depth and execution. After spending much of last summer playing the festival circuit they recorded their first collection of tracks late last year and from these sessions has come their […]