Sat 15th October, 2022 8:00pm
@ Róisín Dubh
Since forming in Dublin in late 2016, Pillow Queens have seen their initial word of mouth buzz grow with every new release. From sharing stages with the likes of IDLES , Soak and Pussy Riot, to their own sold out shows, the band have developed a community of loyal and passionate fans. The winter of 2019 saw the band travel to the wilds of rural Co. Donegal to record their debut album with award winning producer Tommy Mclaughlin
Released through the bands own label in September 2020 to near universal critical acclaim, IN WAITING surpassed all expectations, with The Irish Times 5-star review calling it “An Emotional Masterpiece”.
The album was duly nominated for Irelands prestigious Choice album of the year award.
The album gained Album of the Day and A list play on BBC 6 Music , and drew praise and support from the likes of NPRs All songs Considered and KEXPs song of the day.
As more people fell hard for the record, 2021 began with the band being invited to make their US Late Night television debut on CBS’s The Late Late Show and continued to be a special one for Pillow Queens as they signed with Sub Pop Publishing.
In May, the band returned to their Dublin city practice space to begin writing their next record, and have recently found a new home for it, signing a worldwide deal with Toronto’s Royal Mountain Records.
To celebrate, the band released a newly recorded version of live favourite RATS on limited edition vinyl, along with an epic, fan filled music video.
The rest of the year will see the band complete their long delayed sold out Irish and UK tour dates.
Praise for Pillow Queens
‘Catchy guitar licks and regional articulation punctuate the Dublin band’s furious, fun and totally distinct punk sound.’ - Dean Van Nguyen, The Guardian
‘Clever lyrics in loud and proud full-on Irish accents.’ - NPR world music
“Resonant and rapturous, the band finds a way to channel their thoughts on the world around them through precision indie rock song writing that builds into swelling, cathartic choruses” - Dusty Henry, KEXP
‘The Dublin four-piece [Pillow Queens] embody the shared DNA between first-wave
emo and country, putting their tender approach and keen, hooky song craft in service
of empathetic songs…’ - 50 New Artists to watch, The Guardian
“bruised, stirring songcraft” - The Guardian, Ones To Watch 2020
“Pillow Queens know how to pull at your heartstrings.” - The FADER
“Soothing, woozy indie full of chugging guitars and layered with a shoegaze sheen” - NME
"Biting, concise, and delivered with real style and precision, 'Handsome Wife' is an electrifying signal of what's to come." - Clash, Track of The Day