Jamie T – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 29th, 2016 by


Jamie T fans could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief when his fourth album Trick landed on shelves this past week. Prior to the release of 2014’s Carry on the Grudge, London’s street urchin poet laureate had been on indie rock’s missing person list for the guts of five years, with some questioning […]

Flatbush Zombies – the Academy, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by


Flatbush Zombies never shy away from professing their love of wrestling. While there are no blatantly obvious references to the WWE in their live show, at least to the untrained eye, the huge amounts of showmanship on display clearly draw from that world to some degree. Their hour-long set is nothing short of a spectacle […]

The Headhunters – The Sugar Club, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

Bill Summers

In 1973 Herbie Hancock assembled a team of musicians for his jazz-funk crossover album Head Hunters. That band adopted the album’s title as their own stage name, and since then the band have performed together with a litany of collaborators and guest musicians. Hancock left the band in the 70s but original members Bill Summers […]

Lloyd Cole – The Empire, Belfast

September 2nd, 2016 by

Lloyd Cole

I feel somehow like I, if not Belfast, has some amends to make to Lloyd Cole. The last time I saw him perform in the city was as part of a festival I was involved with. It could have gone better. There’d been a (ahem) “clerical error”, which meant that Lloyd had elected to do his […]

Warpaint – NCH, Dublin

August 27th, 2016 by

Warpaint at the NCH shot by Mark Earley for State

When you’ve held a band with a certain indefinable affection your expectations are elevated with unattainable visions of perfection if the opportunity arises to see them live. Warpaint were that band for me, and have been for quite some time. The combination of hefty, layered arrangements, shouty vocals heard alongside their softer lullaby-like compositions was something that […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor — Vicar Street, Dublin

August 26th, 2016 by

GSYBE by Killian Broderick

While the hum from the stage widens into disparate but slightly threatening constituent parts, Godspeed You! Black Emperor assemble in front of a nearly-packed Vicar Street and a mesmerising display of analogous projector images. Eight or nine songs later there is a palpable sense of disarray coming from some of the crowd; presumably it is […]

Grandaddy – Vicar Street

August 25th, 2016 by

Grandaddy by Mark Earley for State (2 of 15)

Excited fans funnel into the Vicar Street auditorium over the course of an excellent support set by Limerick alt-rockers Windings.  It’s a mature crowd, comprised mainly of thirty somethings, some of whom, like me, missed Grandaddy the first time round before their untimely disbanding in 2006, or even during their reunion tour in 2012.  Since […]

White Denim – Whelan’s, Dublin

August 18th, 2016 by

White Denim

Globules of sweat have erupted on my brow. I’m standing in a glacial queue to enter Whelan’s on the last night of summer. From inside, the burnt-sugar groove of ‘Sweet Life Ruiner’ wafts out between the gaps in the shuffling ticketholders. Wyvern Lingo are opening proceedings tonight, which given everyone’s giddiness about the headliners’ return […]

Knockanstockan ’16 – Blessington, Co Wicklow

August 1st, 2016 by


“Happy Knockanstockan my friend…” State has just made a new acquaintance while sheltering from a, thankfully, brief rain storm late on Sunday night. It’s not the first such conversation we’ve had over the past three days in the beautiful spot nestled between the Wicklow mountains and the Blessington lakes – a remarkably regal and elegant […]

Little Green Cars – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

August 1st, 2016 by

Little Green Cars, Iveagh Gardens by Leah Carroll_12

The spectacular surrounds of Iveagh Gardens played host to the homecoming of Dublin’s own Little Green Cars. A clement midsummer’s Saturday evening grew into a mild night, which ensured that the crowd remained in high spirits throughout – with clusters of spectators opting to sprawl out on the grass to take in the pleasant vibes […]

Holy Fuck – The Bowery Ballroom, New York

July 29th, 2016 by


Holy Fuck don’t perform. They play turned in, facing each other. On the very odd occasion that they acknowledge the crowd, they mutter towards their footwear, the voice distorted to render it unintelligible. To bend the old adage, this is a band who play what they like and if anyone happens to have paid to […]

Richard Hawley – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 28th, 2016 by

Richard Hawley, Iveagh Gardens by Leah Carroll_15

When the Arctic Monkeys won the Mercury Music Prize in 2006, they sportingly declared that fellow nominee Richard Hawley should have won. “Call the police”, they said. “Richard Hawley’s been robbed!”. Yet, the bequiffed Englishman has always seemed like the perennial underdog, a status he appears comfortable with. After all, his music often chronicles the […]

Dan Deacon – Roisin Dubh, Galway

July 26th, 2016 by

Dan Deacon by Mark Earley for State (17 of 35) a

A sense of humour is an underrated quality in music, but a little goes a long way. This is the main thought that strikes as Meltybrains? make their way through their support set at the Roisin Dubh. Dressed in all white, sporting ironic moustaches, and playing a mix of noise, post-rock and electronica that calls to mind […]