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George Ward
George Ward

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Pillow Queens drop powerful indie-rock tune ‘Hearts & Minds’ ahead of their new album

‘Hearts & Minds’ is the new single from Dublin band Pillow Queens, ahead of their upcoming sophomore album, ‘Leave The Light On’ (out April 1st via Royal Mountain Records). Described by The Guardian as “2020’s most exciting indie-rockers”, the band have a lot to live up to.

On top of this, ‘Leave The Light On’ comes after several sold-out shows, support slots with IDLES, Pussy Riot and Future Islands and their breakout debut album, ‘In Waiting’.

The track sounds fueled by this praise and success; it combines powerful vocals from Pamela Connolly, heavy indie-rock guitars and lyrics tackling insecurities and the imposter syndrome that comes from being a female musician in a male-dominated industry.

From Connolly’s vocals to the pounding drums of the verse, Pillow Queens sound powerful and confident, making their mark in the crowded indie-rock genre.

‘Hearts & Minds’ has a nice build-up, starting with only Connolly’s voice and a simple electric guitar line, leaving her voice to stand on its own and make its statement. The track builds up in the verses and blows up in the choruses before the guitars come in full force in the bridge, creating a shoegazey, noisy finale.

The video compliments the lyrics with strong visuals showing a woman pulled from every direction by her expectations, with makeup forced on her, while the only male presence is a perfect mannequin that she cradles.

Listen/watch ‘Hearts & Minds’ here:

Pre-order ‘Leave The Light On’ here