Album #337: Pillow Queens – In Waiting

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Dublin, Ireland
  • Label: Self-released
  • Best Track: Gay Girls

With us now entering the “Best of” albums stage of the year, I can’t imagine I’ll be finishing the year with too many new releases, so I’ll probably be getting through a few I missed earlier in the year.

The debut album from all-girl group Pillow Queens came out in September, and by all account was highly anticipated on their side of the Irish Sea. Some tracks off this album, like ‘Brothers’, were unveiled nearly a year before In Waiting was released.

I’m enjoying this album. It’s definitely pop, but not too pop – the songs have a bit of a fluff-of-the-needle atmosphere, and lyrics often centre on heavy themes like religion and sexuality. I don’t like every song on it – ‘Liffey’, for one, sounds to me like it’s meant to be the centrepiece of the album and the best song on it, but I just don’t think it’s that great.

Much more up my street is the catchy as anything ‘Gay Girls’, which almost descends into a chant as it goes on. Opener ‘Holy Show’ is similarly anthemic, while ‘A Dog’s Life’ is more gritty from a band I’m struggling to categorise, and for whom “pop-punk” seems like selling them short.

Yet another great record from the Emerald Isle.

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