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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


Groom on Two States (HWCH 2012)

Last weekend Two States was broadcasting live from Filmbase in Temple Bar as part of the Hard Working Class Heroes festival 2012. Mike Stevens of Groom was gracious enough to come by and play us a couple of tunes (‘Old Songs’ and ‘A Music Lesson’). He also talks to Danny Carroll about plans for a new album, the dream state of songwriting and the impending ‘Hot Yoga’ of side-project Skelocrats.

Hear it all below:

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

Dott on Two States

Anna, Laura and Tony from Dott in their magic micra

This week Two States brings you an introduction to Galway’s newest indie-pop sensation DOTT! Speaking at the launch of their debut e.p ‘Button’, Danny Carroll talks to Anna, Laura and Tony about the origins of the band, their songwriting process and joining the Popical Island collective.

For more about Dott, visit their bandcamp

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Dott with Danny Carroll from Two States on RTE 2XM (photo by Sean Conroy of http://deadl.ie)

Photo by Sean Conry, Dott!

Skelocrats on Two States

This week on Two States, Danny catches up with Popical Island supergroup Skelocrats. Comprised of members of Land Lovers, We Are Losers, Groom and Grand Pocket Orchestra, Skelocrats released their debut EP last month to much critical acclaim.

Talking ahead of their first live appearance, the band discuss grotto-pop, blog buzz and why they’re like Denmark in the ’86 world cup.

You can download their debut ep, Whip Crack Away for free from http://skelocrats.bandcamp.com

Yeh Deadlies on Two States

This week on Two States we’re joined by Padriag and Annie from Dublin band Yeh Deadlies. Having realeased their debut album – ‘First Book Of Lessons’ to much critical acclaim, Yeh Deadlies talk D.I.Y, Popical Island, and the joys of home recording.

Retarded Cop on Two States

Two States is very pleased to introduce Gaz le Rock – the man behind RETARDED COP. Starting the project last September as a YouTube videocast, RETARDED COP has quickly become Dublin’s favourite pop-punk four-piece. Named State.ie’s Face of 2011 and receiving national radio play by Dan Hegarty, the band is something of an overnight sensation.

With an album ‘You Have The Right To Remain Retarded’ due on June 3rd, we caught up with Gaz to talk inspirations and ambitions.

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