Dublin indie rockers Pillow Queens are serving up a well-crafted, fantastic offering on their new record Leave The Light On. The 4-piece provide undeniable harmonies, soaring vocal hooks, jangly guitars and the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer months. Tackling topics like religion and queer issues, there’s a weight that lies under Leave The Light On that other bands don’t always process. But where do Pillow Queens get their creative spark? That’s what we’re here to explore. Here is what Pillow Queens appreciate, now, let’s appreciate Pillow Queens.
Mitski – Be The Cowboy.
Very difficult to choose just one Mitski album because nobody writes sad bangers like Mitski does. We always reference her when in the studio and her live performances are always tear jerkers. Washing Machine Heart is a highlight and Two Slow Dancers is a staple.
Big Thief – Masterpiece
A masterpiece indeed. Big Thief are prolific and continue to put every band to shame with their level of output. They write soft, intimate songs that then evolve into stadium bangers and I think that’s something Pillow Queens try to bring into our writing. The title track is heart wrenching and will stay with you forever.
Whipping Boy- Heartworm
Iconic guitar band from Ireland. One of the greatest albums in my humble opinion. Walls of sound married with melodies to boot.
Pinegrove – Marigold
Pinegrove’s fourth studio album, self produced and recorded in a farmhouse in upstate New York. Beautiful harmonies, gorgeous guitar tones and crushing melodies. A lockdown favourite that was taken on many cycles around Dublin City when there was nothing else to do.
Casiotone for the painfully alone – Etiquette
Owen Ashworth’s song writing and storytelling on this album, and to be honest every record he puts out, is just fantastic. This particular album puts me on a certain time of my life and reminds me so much of my friends harmonising to New Years Kiss. Each song on this album feels like a perfect Lofi pop song with a journey in each one. When I listen to this album I hear it and see it.
Home Video – Lucy Dacus
A record that deals with spirituality and sexuality through catchy well crafted songs. Somehow this album is both nostalgic and incredibly fresh sounding.
Mogwai – As the Love Continues
Melancholy at its best. This is a record best listened to on a rainy sunday afternoon fantasising about a sunny summer festival.
Leave the light on is available in-store on cd & lp!