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Pillow Queens Like A Lesson

Pillow Queens share new single, "Heavy Pour"

16 April 2024, 16:31 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Irish indie rock band Pillow Queens have shared their latest track, "Heavy Pour", which is taken from their forthcoming third studio album, Name Your Sorrow.

Speaking of the new single, sonically, lead guitarist and vocalist Cathy McGuinness shares: "It feels like a bit of a bizarre journey or a fever dream. The guitar becomes more palatable in the middle eight, totally contradicting the previous section of discordant chaos. It then falls into a glorious half time with ‘oohs’ to support the instruments, giving a feeling of clarity and resolve before snapping back to the chorus."

Lyrically, lead vocalist, guitarist and bassist Pamela Connelly adds, "A lot of the lines in this song could convey the typical sweetness of a love song, but it has brief moments of outside perspectives that cast doubt over the conviction represented. The song tries to show the “heavy pour” as a compulsion that while having moments of joy, ultimately heightens personal insecurities."

The band also touches on gender and common misconceptions with the line, "I want more, but I'm not man enough." Vocalist, guitarist and bassist Sarah Corcoran says talk regarding that line has sparked conversations about gender, particularly the tendency to equate masculinity with bravery. "Intrigued by this dynamic, we wanted to delve into and dissect the idea that one's gender expression is impacted by their perceived level of courage. Spoiler: it’s not. All genders can be courageous and/or scared."

The track's accompanying video, directed by Kate Dolan, is inspired by old silent films like The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, Faust and Nosferatu. The idea for the video came immediately to Dolan upon hearing the track. Dolan says, "The song felt like a haunting and I felt the video needed to be something quite stylistic. I came up with the idea of the music video being a long lost silent film that has never been seen, a haunted piece of art buried in an attic somewhere. Then, as the band performs the cursed film is purged, burning up. The band are always up for having some fun so the shoot was a lot of fun and we played a lot on set."

Name Your Sorrow, is due for release on 19 April and is available for pre-order now.

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