Ireland, as a nation has such a rich heritage when it comes to this category, but right now, on a global stage, Irish music is having a serious moment.
And right at the forefront of that wave are a band described, rather delicately by Blindboy, as a mix between Sonic Youth and Dolores O’Riordan. Enjoying airtime with songs like Favourite, Gay Girls and Rats, their insanely catchy hooks, sang in genuine accents give them a real standout sound on both the radio and festival circuits.
Pillow Queens are: Rachel Lyons (drums, vocals, from Kill, Co Kildare), Cathy McGuinness (guitar, vocals, from Arklow, Co Wicklow), Pamela Connolly (bass, guitar, lead vocals, from Donaghmede in Dublin) and Sarah Corcoran (guitar, bass, lead vocals, from Finglas in Dublin).
An infectious sound
They are loud. Authentic. Gimmick-free. And completely refreshing. The songs are good, catchy with real emotional depth and played with such vigour onstage that you can’t help yourself – it’s music you remember for all the right reasons.
BBC Radio described them as:
deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails
They formed in 2016 and after the release of their demo EP Calm Girls, they soon ventured on a string of successful UK and Irish tour dates. This year, the band took on mainland Europe with an appearance at this year’s Eurosonic Festival, followed by an impressive string of European tour dates supporting Soak.
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They have said that representation means a lot to them as a band. “For people to be able to see themselves in you, in your performance, that’s important. Relatability is important,” said Sarah in an Irish Times interview last year.
People come up to us and say ‘I’d love to be in a band,’ and we say, ‘do it, be in a band, let’s play a gig together.’ It normalises it all. It’s not a million miles away from anyone. You can do it.
Pillow Queens are working on their debut album due for release in early 2020. Their new single HowDoILook is out now.