Indietracks interview #4: Pillow Queens

Pillow Queens are a Dublin based band made up of Cathy, Pam, Rach & Sarah. All four members pitch in on vocals and instrument duties, dabbling with four part harmonies on occasion!) Their debut EP – which touched on themes of anxiety, seasonal depression and not being a rat – was recorded in the shell of a house during a very cold winter in 2016. With the help of James the resident mouse, one talented engineer and each others body warmth, ‘Calm Girls’ was born. The band share a mutual love of dogs.

Hi Pillow Queens, please tell us a little bit about yourselves
We’ve been together since November 2016. We’d all known each other but not as a unit, so when we all happened to be together playing basketball one day Pillow Queens manifested itself. We’ve been trying to get as big of a bite out of 2017 as possible, working hard to get out our first release and organising our first tour as we believe Anglo Irish relations will sour once we take back the 6 counties in 2018. Indietracks will be where we’ll be ending the UK tour so we hope to be smelling great and rocking hard.

What music are you enjoying at the moment?
We’re listening to a lot of Frankie Cosmos, we’re excited for the new Waxahatchee record in July, and we’re pretty obsessed with the amazing Dublin band Girlfriend’s EP 3am Rituals

Tell us about an unusual place you’ve played a gig in the past
In March we had the honour of supporting Your Heart Breaks for a showing of Clyde Peterson’s Torrey Pines in the the Irish Film Institute. It’s not super unusual, but Sarah works there so it was a bit of a change to go from cleaning the screen to playing in it.

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?
By the time we end up at Indietracks we should have released our Calm Girls EP on 7 inch with Specialist Subject. We’ll hopefully be doing another record by the end of the summer.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?
Sarah (guitar/bass/vocals) was a stand in for Mrs Brown in the Mrs Brown’s Boys movie. Cathy (guitar/vocals) has a slight tail. Rach (drums/vocals) has a pair of Brian McFadden’s old jeans. Pamela (guitar/bass/vocals) can make her gums bleed on demand.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Indietracks festival, and why?
Frankie Cosmos, Mammoth Penguins, and Crywank because they’re all lethal.