Dublin’s Pillow Queens haven’t been around all that long, but in their brief time they’ve already won critical acclaim a plenty with the release of two demo EPs, performances across the UK and Ireland and support slots with the likes of IDLES and Future Islands.
Inspired by Dublin and the city’s familiarity with fighting social injustice, the four-piece’s 90’s grunge sound and vocalness on inequality amongst many vital subjects provide a genuine sense of unity - something which is needed now more than ever.
Following the release of Holy Show, the latest single to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, the band spoke to us about realising their identities and the heavy influence Ireland has had on their sound.
Tell us a bit about Pillow Queens and how long you’ve been making music for?
We’ve been together for just under 4 years. Once we all got together for the first time it was very much pedal to the metal and we’ve been constantly creating music and gigging. We continually set ourselves goals to aim for so we very rarely get any lulls to look back on what we’ve achieved so far, until recently of course .
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
We’ve all been involved in music in some shape or form throughout our lives, having been in different bands or projects. A career in music was strived for but it wasn’t until Pillow Queens that it became truly within our grasp and it felt serious enough to get our heads down and work as hard as we could to get it. Whether that was just because we were all in the same headspace or that the music was received in a way we hadn’t experienced before we don’t know. It was probably a magical mix of both.
What would you say is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
It’s hard to pick one thing really, our song writing is very personal but there are so many outside forces that shape us that influence the music we make. Generally our songs are hugely influenced by growing up and living in Ireland and everything that comes with that. But these are things that become instinctive when we’re writing. We could think we’re simply writing about love or loss, but they end up being framed within a very Irish setting.
What is something you’ve learned about yourselves through making music and being a part of Pillow Queens?
Recent events have made us realise our identities and how they are all wrapped up in the band. Not playing music feels unnatural now and like we’ve had something taken away from us for being bold.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
Denise Chaila, Ailbhe Reddy, Saint Sister, CMAT, banríon
What would your dream tour rider look like?
A fountain of hummus, chips, sambo materials and beers.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
The O.C. That show had an unreal soundtrack! Or Garden State. What a dream.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as Pillow Queens? Where do you want to be as a
band in a year’s time?
Have all the baby gays in the world fall in love with us, tour The US :/ and Australia.