• Two States

    This is the blog of 2xm's most fantabulous show, Two States. The show airs every Thursday at 8pm and repeats Monday morning at 10am.

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.

Tracklisting:

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

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The Vaccines on Two States (2012)

Danny Carroll with Freddie Cowan and Pete Robertson of The Vaccines. Photo by Sean Conroy of Deadl.ie

This week on Two States, we bring you an interview with chart-topping indie poppers The Vaccines. Speaking ahead of their performance at the Electric Picnic 2012, guitarist Freddie and drummer Pete meet Danny Carroll to discuss new album ‘Come Of Age’, the trials and tribulations of touring and their love for denim wear.

Hear it all below!

Tracklisting:

1. Teenage Icon

2. I’m A Weirdo

3. Ghost Town

Also, you can hear our interview with Vaccines bassist Arni recorded in April 2011 weeks after their debut album was released – https://twostates2xm.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/the-vaccines-on-two-states/

Metronomy on Two States


Joe Mount of Metronomy, a big RTE logo, and Danny Carroll. Photo taken by http://Deadl.ie Sean Conroy

This week on Two States, Danny Carroll talks to Metronomy frontman Joe Mount. Coming to the end of nearly 18 months of touring, Joe took time out at the Electric Picnic to discuss songwriting, masterchef, daydreaming and dubstep.

Hear the interview below!

Tracklisting:

1. The Look

2. Heartbreaker

3. The Bay

Danny Carroll interviews Joe Mount of Metronomy backstage at the Electric Picnic. Photo by Sean Conry of http://Deadl.ie

Dutch Uncles on Two States

“We had a time where there was A&R whispers in the ear that, ‘we could do a Kooks!’, *shudders*”

This week on Two States, it’s time for a good oul’ chinwag with Marple’s finest – Dutch Uncles. Chatting with Danny Carroll last May ahead of their appearance at the Camden Crawl Dublin, Duncan and Robin discuss their inauspicious first gig in Dublin, why it’s important not to be the Strokes, the landfill indie of the mid-noughties and plans for their third album.

Hear it all below:

Tracklisting:

1. Candenza

2. I Owe Someone For Everything

3. On The Other Side (The Strokes,2005)

4. The Ink

5. Orval

Two States – Electric Picnic Preview

Danny Carroll with Faris Badwan ahead of The Horrors sold out show in Dublin

This Sunday at 10pm, Two States will be broadcasting an hour long Electric Picnic Preview for RTE 2fm. As well as music from former guests Michael Kiwanuka, Wild Beasts and Squarehead, we’ll also be previewing this years line-up with archive interviews from The Horrors, Jeffrey Lewis and Not Squares.

Here’s a preview of our preview! Faris Badwan of The Horrors wrapped up in a neat little package I put together this week.

Enjoy:

1. Jack The Ripper (Strange House, 2007)

2. Who Can Say (Primary Colours, 2009)

3. Wild Eyed (Skying, 2011)

4. Still Life (Skying, 2011)

And So I Watch You From Afar on Two States (Electric Picnic 2010)

Rory Friers – Photo by Sean Conroy of http://Deadl.ie

More delights from the Two States archives, as this week you can wrap your lovely ears around an interview with And So I Watch You From Afar. Over a few drinks of tomato juice at the Electric Picnic 2010, the band’s guitarist Rory Friers chats to Danny Carroll about tour sanity, hanging out with Dave Grohl, kindred spirits Adebisi Shank and recording second album ‘Gangs’.

Hear it all below:

1. A Little Bit Of Solidarity Goes A Long Way (And So I Watch You From Afar, 2009)

2. New Fang (Them Crooked Vultures, 2009)

3. Die Slow (Health, 2009)

4. Cancer (Kapitan Korsakov, 2010)

5. Genki Shank (Adebisi Shank, 2010)

6. Search: PARTY ANIMAL (And So I Watch You From Afar, 2011)

7. 7 Billion People All Alive At Once (And So I Watch You From Afar, 2011)

8. Straight Through The Sun Without A Fucking Scratch (And So I Watch You From Afar, 2010)

For more from And So I Watch You From Afar, check out this interview we did with the guys on New Year’s Eve 2010 backstage in Whelan’s – https://twostates2xm.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/asiwyfa-interview/

Or alternatively, this interview with former ASIWYFA guitarist Tony Wright (aka VerseChorusVerse) – https://twostates2xm.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/versechorusverse-on-two-states/

We Are Scientists on Two States

Danny Carroll with Chris and Keith from We Are Scientists (photo by Sean Conroy of http://Deadl.ie)

This week we bring you an interview with everyone’s favourite ironic indie pop-tarts, We Are Scientists. Ahead of their headline performance at the Camden Crawl Dublin, Chris Cain and Keith Murray talk to Danny Carroll about pre-gig preparation, auspicious beginnings and their love for Hall & Oates.

Hear it all below:

Tracklisting:

1. Rules Don’t Stop Me (Barbara, 2010)

2. This Scene Is Dead (With Love and Squalor, 2005)

3. Hash Pipe (Weezer, Green Album, 2001)

4. I Can’t Go For That (Hall & Oates, Rock and Soul Part 1, 1983)