Dublin’s Pillow Queens 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 returning to announce their second LP Leave The Light On, which is due out April 1st on Royal Mountain Records, and are sharing the first single from the new album, a track called “Be By Your Side”.
“This song is about the mechanisms that are used to hide your vulnerabilities and carry on,” explains singer / bassist Pamela Connolly. “But also, the feeling of being about to burst and how cathartic it could be to allow yourself to let your emotions out and feel the world around you. This was one of the first songs we finished on the album as it was the quickest to become fully realized by all of us.”
The album announcement coincides with the announcement of the band’s first North American tour, which will include a stop at SXSW before the band return to the UK in May and their native Ireland in October. Full live routing can be found below, with tickets available here.
PILLOW QUEENS TOUR DATES
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)
May 3rd – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
May 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
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