Pillow Queens are a four piece based in Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2016, their State of the State EP caught the ear of Steve Lamacq who called the band's songs “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”. That 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 massive open air shows in Dublin in the summer of 2018.
Working with Mercury Prize nominated producer Tommy McLaughlin (Becoming A Jackal/Awayland, Villagers), they 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, the band played Eurosonic, supported Soak on her 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.
January 2021 saw the four piece take on their US television debut, performing and interviewing on the CBS late night talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden.
The band's debut album In Waiting has been praised by critics both home and abroad and has been nominated for an RTE Choice Prize for Album of the Year.