When Pillow Queens announced themselves in late 2019 with
the soaring single "Brothers", their bruising
interpretation of mourning for a lost loved one immediately
caught widespread attention. Channeling wrought emotion
through a sea of 90s grunge and indie-rock sounds, the
Irish four-piece (from Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare) forge
a powerful noise that is all their own - but meant for
everyone. Pillow Queens offer a cathartic experience filled
with camaraderie and solidarity.
New single "Handsome Wife" premieres today
as Clash Magazine's Track of The Day, who comment: "It's
a phenomenal return, with its grunge-leaning guitar
line putting us in mind of Yuck, while there are even
the odd Americana inflection in amongst the band's torn
'n' tattered indie rock."
Inclusivity, choice, and togetherness are just some
words that chime loudly with Pillow Queens, and today's
new single "Handsome Wife" arrives at a time
when those words have rarely had more impact. In a physically,
and morally, divided world "Handsome Wife"
looks at the importance of life's often underappreciated
moments, as the band explains: "Handsome Wife begins
with a glimpse into an emotional homecoming, one that
intensifies and romanticises the seemingly insignificant.
Throughout, the mundane but tender moments are held
up and deified, paying reverence to the ease in which
a love can thrive outside the realms of tradition. The
song continuously references structures and rituals
that were once out of reach, but are now within our
grasp. In spite of this Handsome Wife affirms that they
pale in comparison to the communities we've built ourselves."
"bruised, stirring songcraft" - The Guardian,
Ones To Watch 2020
"Pillow Queens know how to pull at your heartstrings."
- The FADER
"Soothing, woozy indie full of chugging guitars
and layered with a shoegaze sheen" - NME
"Biting, concise, and delivered with real style
and precision, 'Handsome Wife' is an electrifying signal
of what's to come." - Clash, Track of The Day