LKLadyPod #31 Pamela Connolly: Pillow Queens, Popping Ears, And Trying To Pay The Rent

Dublin band Pillow Queens

The Limerick Lady Podcast is a monthly discussion around gender, representation and equal opportunities in the creative industries hosted by Ann Blake and Emma Langford and recorded in Limerick City.

Emma and Ann try all year round to keep the guests diverse, interesting and brilliant, but Pride Month is always an extra special occasion – this June, we hear from vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter and merch-packager Pamela Connolly of Choice Prize nominated Dublin band Pillow Queens.

The trio cover in one jam-packed hour the importance of queer representation in mainstream music, the difficulties faced by musicians in balancing a public persona with the tough reality of trying to earn a living from music alone, and how listening to Jack Johnson can cause massive sexual awakenings if you’re not careful.

Pillow Queens are a four piece based in Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2016, their State of the State EP caught the ear of Steve Lamacq who called the band’s songs “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”. That EP’s lead single, Favourite, with its accompanying dog-filled video, received airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X, and Amazing Radio as well as across Irish national radio stations. Two UK tours followed, along with a brace of sellout hometown shows in Dublin.

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January 2021 saw the four piece take on their US television debut, performing and interviewing on the CBS late night talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The band’s debut album In Waiting has been praised by critics both home and abroad and was nominated for an RTE Choice Prize for Album of the Year.

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