Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Pillow Queens - "Hearts & Minds"

Photo by Rich Gilligan

"Hearts & Minds," the new single from Dublin's Pillow Queens," is a giant alt-rock anthem. This is the kind of song that borders the worlds of alt-rock and pop, but it is a little too guitar heavy to truly be pop. One of the things that helps elevate the song about the usual alt-rock anthems are the harmonies in the song. While the harmonies are beautiful and include guitars to match, there is definitely a rock edge to the song. I hate comparing any Irish band to U2, but "Hearts & Minds" remind me of U2's anthemic rock at its very best, but a little less clean cut. This is a beast of a song from a band poised to explode very soon.

Singer/guitarist Pamela Connolly says of the band's new song:

"'Hearts & Minds' is about experiencing the feeling of being a teenager again. 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."

You can listen to "Hearts & Minds" below. Leave the Light On is due out April 1 on Royal Mountain Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Pillow Queens, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

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 - SXSWMarch 16th - SXSWMarch 17th - SXSWMarch 18th - SXSWMarch 19th - SXSWMarch 23rd – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation RoomMarch 24th – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan LoungeMarch 25th – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel SFMarch 27th – Seattle, WA @ Clock-out LoungeMarch 29th – Vancouver, BC @ Wise HallMarch 30th – Portland, OR @ Mississippi StudiosApril 1st – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby CourtApril 2nd – Denver, CO @ Hi-DiveApril 4th – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.April 6th – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf ClubApril 7th – Chicago, IL @ Empty BottleApril 9th – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe TavernApril 11th – Washington, DC @ SongbyrdApril 12th – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’sApril 14th – New York, NY @ The Mercury LoungeApril 15th – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music HallMay 3rd - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social ClubMay 5th - Manchester, UK @ GorillaMay 6th - Glasgow, Scotland @ StereoMay 7th - Newcastle, UK @ ClunyMay 10th - Brighton, UK @ ChalkMay 11th - London, UK @ ScalaMay 12th - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle and FalconMay 13th - Bristol, UK @ TheklaJune 12th  Berlin, Germany @ Tempelhof FestivalJuly 2nd -  Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er FestivalOctober 1st - Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St.October 2nd - Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St.October 7th - Limerick, Ireland @ Dolan’sOctober 8th - Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus AvenueOctober 14th - Belfast, Ireland @ The EmpireOctober 15th - Galway, Ireland @ The Roisin DubhOctober 16th - Galway, Ireland @ The Roisin DubhOctober 20th - Kilkenny, Ireland @ The Set Theatre

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