Pillow Queens recently released the mother of all catchy tunes in the form of ‘Favourite’, alongside the announcement of a new EP, State of The State. Following the EP’s release (via Specialist Subject on March 16), Pillow Queens will head off on tour around their native Ireland and the UK. ‘Favourite’ has also received a re-working in an acoustic video filmed by Pillow Queens, which showcases a delicately softer arrangement that packs no less of an emotional punch.
Despite the sunny disposition of Pillow Queens’ catchy melodies and rambunctious riffs, the songs found on State of The State tend to have a darker undercurrent. Opener ‘Puppets’ is “a song about the frustration of trying to succeed in post-recession Ireland and the effect that has on mental health,” explains vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sarah Corcoran. Elsewhere on the EP, the band muse on emotional highs and lows, the inevitability of anxiety and paranoia.
Producer Peter Ashmore tapped into the wide-reaching references PQ threw at him, which included the likes of Hop Along, Yuck, Weezer, Manchester Orchestra and the Pixies, in order to attain a timeless feel befitting of the beautifully crafted songs. The artwork for the EP was brought to life by Nola Mellon and is inspired by the old Fallon’s maths times table book you used to have in primary school.
IRELAND & UK TOUR:
April 5th - Galway, Roisin Dubh
April 7th - Cork, AMP
April 9th - Bristol, Hy Brasil
April 10th - London, Sebright Arms
April 11th - Guildford, The Boileroom
April 12th - Brighton, Prince Albert
April 13th - Leeds, Chunk
April 14th - Manchester, Night & Day
April 15th - Glasgow, GLAD Cafe
April 19th - Clonakilty, Debarras
April 20th - Limerick, Dolans
April 21st - Dublin, Workmans Club