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Squarehead on Two States (Electric Picnic 2012)


Squarehead's Ruan Van Vliet presides over a heated clash of the titans - 2XM's Danny Carroll versus Squarehead bassist Ian McFarlane, backstage at the Electric Picnic 2012

Squarehead’s Ruan Van Vliet presides over a heated clash of the titans – 2XM’s Danny Carroll versus Squarehead bassist Ian McFarlane, backstage at the Electric Picnic 2012

Well, it’s been a while, but here’s one from the archives. An interview with Two States staples Squarehead, recorded backstage at the Electric Picnic 2012. Hear Roy Duffy (Vocals/Guitar), Ian McFarlane (Bass/Vocals), Ruan Van Vliet (Drums) and producer Fiachra McCarthy talk about the band’s recent split LP ‘Out Of Season’. The album, released on New York label ‘Inflated Records’, saw Squarehead team up with fellow Irish trio So Cow. Talking to Danny Carroll for RTE Radio, the band discuss their heavier sound, new recording techniques and former record label The Richter Collective.

Hear it all below y’all


1. More Quickly

2. Harking On

3. Sicknote

All songs are taken from Squarehead’s split LP ‘Out Of Season’, available now via Inflated Records – http://inflatedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/so-cow-squarehead-out-of-season-split-lp


Jonny Fun on Two States

Jonny Fun in a rare live appearance!

This week on Two States, Danny Carroll and Jonny Fun sit down in the plush surrounds of the Gresham Hotel for a nice long chat and a couple of cups of tea (decaff regular and earl grey specifically).

Having grown up in Washington, in the north east of England, Jonny moved to Ireland 10 years ago. In 2009, with the help of his Hesitations, he released the debut album ‘Carpe PM’.

Since then he’s gone on to contribute to the Popical Island Collective, providing warm and winsome songs for their annual compilations, as well as playing bass for fellow Popical band (and former Two States interviewees!) ‘Yeh Deadlies’.

In this interview, Jonny discusses, amongst other things, his involvement in the collective, approaches to songwriting, moving to Ireland, and future plans for live dates and recordings.


1. Country Town (2012 – Popical Island #3)

2. Little Miss Sunshine, And Me (2009 – Carpe PM)

3. I Never Liked Him Anyway (2011 – Popical Island #2)

4. Magazine (Yeh Deadlies Single Version – 2010)

5. Jennifer G. Smith (2009 – Carpe PM)

For more info on Jonny Fun & The Hesitations visit – http://jonnyfunandthehesitations.co.uk

ASIWYFA Interview

(l-r): Tony, Rory, Chris and Johnny from And So I Watch You From Afar. Photo by Two States co-host Sean Conroy

Making their second appearence on Two States, Northern Ireland’s finest instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar indulged us in a backstage chat before their storming New Year’s Eve set at Whelan’s. Sitting down with Danny Carroll, Tony and Johnny from the band discuss tentative beginnings, an upcoming second album, the tribulations and triumphs of touring and the financial gains in selling hair. Listen below:

ASIWYFA on Two States by dannyjcarroll

Hear Two States in full on RTE 2XM – broadcast every Thursday at 8pm (GMT) repeated Monday at 10am. Listen online, on DAB and on UPC Channel 944.

Two Door Cinema Club

Here’s Two States interview with Alex, Kevin and Sam from Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club. Formed in Bangor in 2007, Two Door Cinema are fast becoming Ireland’s most popular band. This year they released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Tourist History’, and Danny Carroll caught up with the guys at Electric Picnic to discuss their meteoric rise, re-releasing their debut album, and what it feels like to get an ice-cream in the face.

Two Door Cinema Club (Interview on Two States) by danielcarroll28

Klaxons Interview

Klaxons, Simon Taylor-Davis (centre)

Recently, we caught up with Klaxons guitarist & songwriter Simon Taylor-Davis. In 2007 Klaxons burst on to the British music scene, with their top 10 hit ‘Golden Skans’. Their debut album, Myths Of The Near Future went on to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, while the band became figureheads of the year’s most unlikely trend – ‘nu-rave’.

Returning with their eagerly anticipated follow up, Surfing The Void, the band’s guitarist Simon caught up with Danny Carroll to discuss the new release.


Klaxons Interview by deadl