State has been choosing its favourite new Irish acts for three years now, delving into every corner of the land – both geographical and musical – to bring you what we consider the most exciting artists for the coming twelve months. Ever since we put Villagers on the cover of the first digital Faces magazine, we have never been less than astonished at the amount and range of talent in this country. Our fourth installment is no exception and over the coming week you’ll find 20 of the best, many shot exclusively for State by our wonderful team of photographers – plus a couple of special treats on Friday. So dive in and discover the best that Ireland has to offer in 2012, we hope you enjoy discovering it as much as we have – starting with…
Catching the ear and eye in 2011 with two EPs and a stunning HWCH show (not to mention our recent Midnight Mass Christmas gig), Come On Live Long combine electronic influences with a range of familiar (and not so familiar) instruments. Their eponymous debut EP was recorded in the West of Ireland just two weeks after the band formed, since then the five-piece have composed themselves as purposeful musicians with a strong identity.
Describe yourselves and your music?
It’s hard to describe the music we make because we all listen to a lot of music…everything from Mount Kimbie to John Martyn. Everyone in the band brings their own influences to the table.
Where does your band name come from?
It’s an optimistic take on Mogwai’s Come On Die Young album.
Who or what inspires you?
Crosswords, improvised table-tennis and Guinness.
What was the strangest thing that happened to you in 2011?
Witnessing a bird of prey pillage a nest as we were recording Mender in Glenroe. We’re still divided over the exact breed of bird but it was pretty amazing to watch. Eoin from Enemies reckons it was a kestrel…the jury is still out.