Pillow Queens are a rock band based in Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2016, their
Calm Girls EP caught the ear of Steve Lamacq who called the four piece “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”.
Their follow up EP’s lead single, Favourite, with its accompanying dog-filled video, received airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X, and Amazing Radio as well as across Irish national radio stations. Two UK tours followed, along with a brace of sellout hometown shows in Dublin.
But even bigger stages beckoned, when they supported Pussy Riot, and opened for Idles and Future Islands at massive open air shows in Dublin in the summer of 2018.
Working with Mercury Prize nominated producer Tommy McLaughlin (SOAK, Villagers), the band launched the track and video Gay Girls, an instant queer anthem, which was nominated for the RTE Choice Music Prize song of the year, and embraced by NPR’s World Cafe and KEXP.
Building a following of amazing fans from their tracks, festival shows, sold out gigs around Dublin and Ireland, on the road in Europe, they played Eurosonic, supported Soak on their European tour, were cited as a highlight at Iceland Airwaves, played Other Voices, a bajillion festivals, and hit the US for the first time with shows in New York City and Los Angeles, leading to SXSW before something we won’t talk about cancelled the festival. Oh well. Still, their debut album is here, and nothing can take its awesomeness away.
Despite the unending doom of lockdown, 2021 has seen the band sign to Sub Pop publishing and find time to appear as guests and perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS television in the US.