“Nation of the State” are an Irish rock quatro based in both Dublin and London.
Botham Valentino (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
Daniel Hynes (Lead Guitar)
Ed Scanlan (Drums/Backing Vocals)
Ciaran Hurd (Bass Guitar)
From the moment I started to listen to their music online, I was hooked.
These songs are written by the lead vocalist, Botham Valentino and I think their music just proves to us how badly original bands are needed today.
NOTS have supported famous acts like: Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Aslan, Noise Control, & The Minutes .
They have played at festivals such as: “SXSW”, “Rock The Ink” , “Seasessions”.
And also well- loved venues: “The House of Blues” in Chicago, “The Hope & Anchor” in Islington and “Bruxelles” in Dublin (to name but a few).
I would love to tell you which bands you could compare them to (to give you a better idea as to what they sound like) - but the fact is, it is quite difficult for me to do so!!
NOTS’s new record, “How to Hijack a Hearse” was released on June 2nd at the much loved venue “The Crawdaddy” in Dublin City.
This is a professionally recorded album by renowned producers;
Ger McDonnel (U2, Def Leppard ) , Philip Magee (The Script) and Antimo Puca.
You can listen to and download the 11 track record (FREE of charge) from the band’s SoundCloud page in its entirety while staying safe in the knowledge that you are not stealing people’s music. What more could you ask for?
(Click on the photograph above to download their new album).
Their soulful lyrics, “tight” overall band sound and perfectly placed gang vocals on tracks like “Marie” are three reasons why you should listen to NOTS’s debut offering.
There is a large contrast between each song on this record. From mellow acoustic tracks like “Home” and “Red Moon” to head-banging tracks like “Smiley Face”, there is a song for every type of rock music lover on this amazing record.
Also, the band released a music video for their song “Feel the change” (7th track from the debut album) earlier this year.
It is a wonderfully directed video and we get to see the band in action even if we’re not at one of their concerts!
Favourite track from the record:
Very hard to pick one but I’d say “Smiley Face”.
This particular song shows us how unique NOTS are, from the rich, gravelly vocals of the frontman to the blistering instrumental music provided by the other members of the band.
I think it is a perfect set-opener and a real crowd pleaser!!!!
The band are currently planning an Autumn tour which will see them play gigs in both Ireland and the UK so stay up to date by “Liking” them on Facebook and “Following” them on their SoundCloud page.