Pillow Queens recently released the mother of all catchy tunes in the form of ‘Favourite’, alongside the announcement of a new EP ‘State of The State’. Following the EP’s release (via Specialist Subject on 16th March), Pillow Queens will head off on tour around their native Ireland and the UK.
‘Favourite’ has also received a re-working in an acoustic video filmed by Pillow Queens, which showcases a delicately softer arrangement that packs no less of an emotional punch.
Check it here: https://youtu.be/lxLJ53YGdX4
Despite the sunny disposition of Pillow Queens’ catchy melodies and rambunctious riffs, the songs found on ‘State of The State’ tend to have a darker undercurrent. Opener ‘Puppets’ is “a song about the frustration of trying to succeed in post-recession Ireland and the effect that has on mental health,” explains vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sarah Corcoran. Elsewhere on the EP, the band muse on emotional highs and lows, the inevitability of anxiety and paranoia.
Producer Peter Ashmore tapped into the wide-reaching references PQ threw at him, which included the likes of Hop Along, Yuck, Weezer, Manchester Orchestra and the Pixies, in order to attain a timeless feel befitting of the beautifully crafted songs. The artwork for the EP was brought to life by Nola Mellon and is inspired by the old Fallon’s maths times table book you used to have in primary school.
IRELAND & UK TOUR:
April 5th - Galway, Roisin Dubh
April 7th - Cork, AMP
April 9th - Bristol, Hy Brasil
April 10th - London, Sebright Arms
April 11th - Guildford, The Boileroom
April 12th - Brighton, Prince Albert
April 13th - Leeds, Chunk
April 14th - Manchester, Night & Day
April 15th - Glasgow, GLAD Cafe
April 19th - Clonakilty, Debarras
April 20th - Limerick, Dolans
April 21st - Dublin, Workmans Club
PILLOW QUEENS ARE:
Sarah Corcoran – Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Pamela Connolly – Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Cathy Mc Guinness – Guitar / Vocals
Rachel Lyons – Drums / Vocals
Public Service Broadcasting are delighted to reveal that English artist Jane Weaver will be joining them on their UK tour this spring.
J. Willgoose, Esq. of PSB says: ‘Modern Kosmology was one of my favourite albums of 2017 so we’re really happy that Jane is joining the bill. I’m sure our audiences will really enjoy her music.’
After a stunning 2017 which saw the release of their critically acclaimed third record Every Valley and a sold-out UK tour which included a spectacular performance at London's Hammersmith Apollo, 2018 looks set to continue along the same trajectory for one of the UK's most unusual and interesting musical acts as they take to the road again this April. [Buy tickets here]
Each album from Public Service Broadcasting is a painstakingly crafted artefact, filled with the wit and passion of J. Willgoose, Esq. and Every Valley is no exception. Recorded in former industrial town Ebbw Vale and chronicling the vertiginous rise and devastating fall of the Welsh mining industry, it featured collaborations with Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, James Dean Bradfield, Haiku Salut and Lisa Jên Brown of 9Bach, as well as the Beaufort Male Choir. The resulting album jostled with Jay Z and Ed Sheeran on release, reaching #4 in the UK charts.
Continuing where they left off in October, their forthcoming UK tour is a culmination of the Public Service Broadcasting story so far: a richly kaleidoscopic feast of sound and vision placing material from their three top-twenty albums, 2013’s Inform – Educate – Entertain, 2015’s silver-certified The Race For Space, and this year’s Every Valley (not to mention the accompanying documentary footage and recordings) alongside one another.
Fans of the band have come to expect a lot from the extraordinary production values of Public Service Broadcasting’s live shows, and resident set design guru and all-round visual mastermind, Mr. B, is thrilled at the opportunity to once again blow these expectations clean out of the water with another set of heart-stopping blockbuster set-pieces. As much a part of the Public Service Broadcasting experience as the [inter]stellar sonics, Mr. B’s visuals elevate each gig into an unmissable event.
Described as “a singular, spellbinding audio-visual show” in The Metro and “a tour de force”, Public Service Broadcasting’s live gigs are a perfect distillation of a band dedicated to their duty to entertain as much as to educate and inform.
Tickets for the tour are on sale HERE
UK Tour Dates
05/04/18 – New Theatre, Oxford
06/04/18 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
07/04/18 – Dome, Brighton
08/04/18 – Winter Gardens, Margate
10/04/18 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
11/04/18 – Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
12/04/18 – Olympia, Liverpool
13/04/18 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
14/04/18 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
16/04/18 – Empire, Middlesbrough
17/04/18 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
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