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Pillow Queens Share “Rats” & Sign To Royal Mountain Records

September 21, 2021
Rich Gilligan

Pillow Queens Share “Rats”

Sign To Royal Mountain Records

Dublin’s Pillow Queens had been quietly building momentum on their side of the Atlantic since the release of their 2016 debut EP Calm Girls. Selling out shows in their native Ireland, supporting artists like IDLES, Pussy Riot and Future Islands, and earning enthusiastic support in the UK before they independently released their 2020 LP In Waiting. The album was a major breakthrough for the band, earning them praise from outlets like The Guardian, who called them “2020’s most exciting indie rockers,” NPRNMEDIY, and The Line of Best Fit, a Band To Watch feature from Stereogum, an Irish Album of The Year nomination, and most remarkably of all a US national television appearance on the Late Late Show w/ James Corden.   

Now the band are returning to announce their signing to Royal Mountain Records, and to mark the occasion are sharing the rambunctious “Rats,” alongside a video directed by Michael Maxxis (Orville Peck, City and Colour).

Pillow Queens will captivate you to your core. A remarkable new ensemble with passion and ferocity emitting from every angle served. The band continues to create such unique, complex, and completely intoxicating sounds, the new release once again offers this amongst this truly immersive experience. Each musician powerful within their projection. Pillow Queens crafts emotive efforts, playing on melancholic chords and deep fuzz.  They’ve created a hybrid of vintage indie rock and shoegaze sounds with a heartfelt message resonating within the lyrical journey.

Pillow Queens are the powerful entity we deserve- let their dazzling arrangements consume you.

Long a staple of their live sets, “Rats” (which will soon see a remix from Palehound) was recorded with Tommy Mclaughlin (SOAK), who produced In Waiting, and features a sample of a crowd sing along from one of the band’s sold out shows in Dublin prior to the pandemic. According to guitarist Pamela Connolly shooting the video for the track was a cathartic moment for the band. 

Filming the video for ‘Rats’ was catharsis at its best,” explains guitarist Pamela Connolly. “After 18 months of no gigs and being inside, we finally got a chance to gather in a venue and simulate a real life gig with some of our closest friends. The chant section towards the end of the song is usually a highlight of our live set and we had really missed that energy so having a chance to recreate that was really special.

Lyrically the song deals with a moment of madness brought about by a mundane life where you have resigned your creativity and drive. The song flashes through a work-work-drink repeat existence and delves into feelings of low self esteem and apathy. The screaming chorus, while spouting similar themes, boils over with frustration and recklessness that threatens to topple its own meagre existence.

“Rats” is out now on Royal Mountain Records.

Tour Dates

Sept 24th – Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
Sept 28th – Majorca, Sons de Nit Festival
Nov 2nd – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Nov 3rd – Bristol, Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
Nov 4th – London, The Dome (SOLD OUT)
Nov 6th – Brighton, Mutations Festival
Nov 8th – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
Nov 9th – Manchester, YES
Nov 10th – Liverpool, Arts Club Loft
Nov 12th – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
Nov 13th – Glasgow, Great Western Festival
Nov 14th – Nottingham, Bodega
Dec 2nd – Belfast, Ulster Sports Club (SOLD OUT)
Dec 4th – Dundalk, Spirit Store (SOLD OUT)
Dec 5th – Derry, Sandinos (SOLD OUT)
Dec 8th – Cork, Cyprus Avenue (SOLD OUT)
Dec 9th – Listowel, Mike the Pies (SOLD OUT)
Dec 10th – Kilkenny, Set Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Dec 11th – Limerick, Dolans (SOLD OUT)
Dec 16th – Galway, Roisin Dubh (SOLD OUT)
Dec 17th – Dublin, The Button Factory (SOLD OUT)
Dec 18th – Dublin, The Button Factory (SOLD OUT)

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