Over the past five years, nine issues and 10,643 posts, producing State has never been anything less than a true labour of love for all concerned. It’s hard to distill our history down to a few moments, but here’s a selection of what we feel are our greatest hits…
REM grace the cover of issue number one
Having been beavering away for over a year, State magazine finally arrived replete with a stunning Michael Stipe cover shot from photographer Perou. Inside Kara Manning met the band face to face in New York and captured a band still valiantly trying to compete with their own legacy.
Tegan & Sara live in Tower Records
Myles O’Reilly makes his State debut. Awesomeness follows.
State’s Albums Of The Decade
Everyone else was doing it so why shouldn’t we? Remind yourself what won here.
Adele makes her debut
She was still a teenager when Niall Byrne met her in Dublin but the signs were already there that Adele was a name to watch. Engaging in conversation and cheerfully honest, this interview made for a delightful read.
Love Live Music Day @ The Mercantile
Featuring a brand spanking new band called The Cast Of Cheers and a rampaging Super Extra Bonus Party, the guest appearance of TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone topped off a special night.
The power of Power Of Dreams
How three Irish teenagers took on the world before the world bit back.
Kara Manning on Laura Marling
“Romantic betrayal wounds, but it can also inspire breathtaking songcraft” – a beautiful album deserves a beautiful review.
James Vincent McMorrow live at Button Factory
From a stairwell to a sold out home town gig, Myles O’Reilly, McMorrow and his band make magic.
They Might Be Giants
The print magazine’s new acts section proved to be an accurate barometer of musical taste. Along the way we featured the likes of Little Boots, Florence & The Machine, Fleet Foxes, Annie and a host of Irish names to boot.
The Virgin Prunes
Gavin Friday reminisces on a world where art and chaos collided.