Meet Pillow Queens – The Irish Band Talks Using Music to Explore Identity and Social Change (via KEXP)
Dublin’s Pillow Queens write songs that hit like an elbow to the gut, each a harder jab than the last. It’s been that way since the quartet dropped their first EP, Calm Girls in 2016. While they certainly have their raucous and rowdy moments, it’s the emotional core of the songs that leaves the most sting. Resonant and rapturous, the band finds a way to channel their thoughts on the world around them through precision indie rock songwriting that builds into swelling, cathartic choruses.
When the band played at the Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves, that heart at the core of their music resounded through the halls of the venue. Songs tackle religion, sexuality, and the everyday struggles of making through an anxious world. On stage, their guitars were brandished with tape spelling out the words “End DP” – a call against Ireland’s unjust Direct Provision system for refugees and asylum seekers. All of these factors coming together show a band willing to ask big questions. And listening to their 2019 EP State of the State, it’s clear they know how to do this with expert riffs and tight, unimpeachable songcraft.
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They explain further, “the lyrics in the verses show quick snapshots of the aftermath from a loss of a friend within a very tight knit group. An element of fear runs through the song as this sudden death makes you look around your group and feel terrified of the chances of another.”
It touches on a shared grief which drives you to hold dear the memories and moments you have with each other. While this song can be considered one about mourning, its ultimately about the intense love you have for your chosen family.
The track was recorded in Attica Studios, Co. Donegal with producer Tommy McLaughlin. It’s also been released alongside a beautifully cinematic video made with regular collaborator, director Kate Dolan.
After a triumphant run of UK dates in October, including a sell-out show at London’s Shacklewell Arms, the band now travel to play LA’s School Night club and then on to Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik. “Brothers” will be released on all digital streaming platforms on November 1st.