Having first come together in Autumn of 2016 on a basketball court in a Dublin city park, the four members of Pillow Queens, soon realised that making music together would be an equally productive group activity.
Cathy plays guitar and sings. Rachel plays drums and sings. Pam and Sarah swap guitar, bass and lead vocal duties.
Within a few months they’d released their debut EP, Calm Girls, titled in an ironic nod to the bands anxious nature. The three songs dealt with themes of despair, crisis of self and distrust. The closing Wonderboys was “an attempt to put into musical form the feeling you get when your eyes roll back into your head when faced with toxic masculinity.”
The songs quickly found their way into the hearts of new fans in the local underground DIY scene, and even onto BBC 6music playlists, with Steve Lamacq calling them “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails” .
By the summer of 2017, the band were touring the UK and performing on festival stages.
Pillow Queens’ second EP, State of the State, was released in Spring 2018.
While taking influence from artists from contemporary US DIY indie & punk scenes (such as Mitski, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Cloud Nothings), Pillow Queens stay true to their Irish heritage, using Dublin colloquialisms in their lyrics and singing in thick Irish accents.
Praise for Pillow Queens & Calm Girls EP:
"Deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails" - Steve Lamaq, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Check out Pillow Queens’ ‘Calm Girls’ EP ‘cos it’s bloody brilliant” - Upset Magazine
“A powerful mix of alternative-rock scale and punkish backbone” - The Last Mixtape
"Their tunes are super catchy, and they even self-released their December EP -a ballsy move that we love them for. Add them to your playlist immediately!" - Lovin.ie
Praise for State of the State EP:
'My favourite song of the year, by a mile' - James Vincent McMorrow
“Indie-punks Pillow Queens sure know their way around a three-minute pop song… a dizzying clash of big hooks, bigger melodies, and super-smart lyricism.” – Louder Than War (8/10)
‘Favourite’ is a thrilling introduction to the EP, with distinct lead vocals that are enhanced with harmonies and embedded with catchy guitar riffs, amounting to a infectious energy
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