Interview - Guerilla State

Guerilla State are an emerging Irish rock group from Belfast, with a strong musical commentary on the social and political intricacies of the modern world. Let's have a chat with them about their music.

- Hi guys and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Night in the wild.
A journey of father and son escaping what was their homeland, now a war zone not dissimilar to the parts of the middle east today.

- How would you describe your sound?
The Guerilla State sound is a little varied and reflects a style that isn't as common these days. A little mix of punk/post punk, new wave, rock/alternative rock.

- What do you write about?
We aim to write about the underlying truth, the sinister reality behind the direction our freedom of choice is heading. Often our lyrics involve stories of oppression and struggle but carry a message if not demand for unification and courage.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
U2, Coldplay, Muse, The Killers, Bruce Springsteen, a whole range of artists.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
We have not performed live as Guerilla State and we are unlikely to do so as we are both in separate countries. Michael lives in Australia and Rory lives in Ireland.

- Your favourite albums?
Achtung baby U2, Sams Town The Killers.

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
The Edge, U2.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
Nambarrie tea (Northern Irish tea) and a Cadburys Spira (they're discontinued but we'll bring them back).

- What are your plans for the near future?
We are releasing part two of a two part EP 'Autonomy' on 24th December 2021 and in 2022 we will work on a new album

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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