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Pillow Queens announce second album and share new single – listen

The Dublin indie rockers have also confirmed their biggest ever UK tour

By Joe Goggins

Pillow Queens press shot, 2022
The Irish outfit will follow up 2020's 'In Waiting'. (Photo: Rich Gilligan/Press)

Pillow Queens have confirmed details of their second album and shared its first single, ‘Be By Your Side’.

The Dublin four-piece, led by singers and guitarists Sarah Corcoran and Pamela Connolly, will release ‘Leave the Light On’ on April 1st, via Royal Mountain Records. It is the follow-up to 2020’s acclaimed debut ‘In Waiting’, and is their first release since signing to the publishing arm of Sub Pop last year.

Its opening track and lead single, ‘Be By Your Side’, is available to stream now on all major platforms – you can watch the accompanying video below. Speaking about the song, Connolly explained that it’s “about the mechanisms that are used to hide your vulnerabilities and carry on.”

“But also, the feeling of being about to burst,” she continued,” 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 realised by all of us.”

A press release for ‘Leave the Light On’ bills the album’s ten tracks as “queer dream blues”, and uses the Gaelic phrase “Uaigneas an chaldaigh”, meaning the sense of loneliness experienced on the shore, to relate the album’s atmosphere. The band will play South by South West in Austin, Texas in March, before returning to the UK for a run of eight shows in May that includes a stop at London’s Scala on Wednesday 11th, as well as gigs in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Brighton, Birmingham and Bristol.

The full track listing for ‘Leave the Light On’ is as follows:

  1. ‘Be By Your Side’
  2. ‘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’

Pillow Queens, May 2022:

3 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

5 – Manchester, Gorilla

6 – Glasgow, Stereo

7 – Newcastle, Cluny

10 – Brighton, Chalk

11 – London, Scala

12 – Birmingham, The Castle and Falcon

13 – Bristol, Thekla