Leave The Light On LP out April 1st on Royal Mountain Records
UK tour dates in May
Last month Dublin’s Pillow Queens announced their sophomore album Leave The Light On, their first release on Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, US Girls), which is due out on April 1st. The band have been building serious momentum since the release of their 2017 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 independently releasing their 2020 debut LP In Waiting. The album was a major breakthrough for the band, and a sleeper hit amongst music fans, scoring praise across US, UK and Irish media – notably from The Guardian who called them “2020’s most exciting indie-rockers”, along with multiple A-list spots on the BBC 6 Music playlist – a RTÉ Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album Of The Year, and perhaps most remarkably of all a US national television appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Today, the band are sharing the second single from the new record, a track called “Hearts & Minds” that singer/guitarist Pamela Connolly describes as capturing the reoccurrence of teenage insecurities occasioned by the band’s rise to prominence and the imposter syndrome she experienced as a result.
“‘Hearts & Minds’ is about experiencing the feeling of being a teenager again,” explains Connolly. “The insecurities about body image and ability when it comes to being a musician that’s seeing themselves recorded and pictured, as well as commented on. It deals with the idea of imposter syndrome when it comes to an industry that favours the male form and the insecurity of not being able to be effortless with your movements.”
In support of the album the band will play a sold-out run of shows in Ireland, followed by their first ever US tour dates (including SXSW), as well as their biggest ever UK tour dates in May.
Full live routing can be found below, with tickets available here
PILLOW QUEENS TOUR DATES
View all international tour dates here
March 9th – Kilkenny, Ireland @ Set Theatre (Sold out)March 10th – Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh (Sold out) March 11th – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory (Sold out) March 12th – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory (Sold out)
March 14th – SXSWMarch 15th – SXSW March 16th – SXSW March 17th – SXSW March 18th – SXSW March 19th – SXSW
March 23rd – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation RoomMarch 24th – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge March 25th – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel SF March 27th – Seattle, WA @ Clock-out Lounge March 29th – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall March 30th – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios April 1st – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court April 2nd – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive April 4th – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. April 6th – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club April 7th – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle April 9th – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern April 11th – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd April 12th – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s April 14th – New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge April 15th – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
May 3rd – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social ClubMay 5th – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla May 6th – Glasgow, Scotland @ Stereo May 7th – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny May 10th – Brighton, UK @ Chalk May 11th – London, UK @ Scala May 12th – Birmingham, UK @ The Castle and Falcon May 13th – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
June 12th Berlin, Germany @ Tempelhof FestivalJuly 2nd – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival October 1st – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St. October 2nd – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St. October 7th – Limerick, Ireland @ Dolan’s October 8th – Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus Avenue October 14th – Belfast, Ireland @ The Empire October 15th – Galway, Ireland @ The Roisin Dubh October 16th – Galway, Ireland @ The Roisin Dubh October 20th – Kilkenny, Ireland @ The Set Theatre
Pillow Queens – Leave The Light On album tracklist
1. Be By Your Side2. The Wedding Band 3. Hearts & Minds 4. House That Sailed Away 5. Delivered 6. Well Kept Wife 7. No Good Woman 8. Historian 9. My Body Moves 10. Try Try Try
FOLLOW PILLOW QUEENS
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.