- 26 Jun 20
The Dublin alt-rock band Pillow Queens answer questions about Dolores O'Riordan and being a part of the Irish Women in Harmony cover of 'Dreams' for Safe Ireland.
The unique vocal stylings of alt-rock band Pillow Queens' have been drawing comparisons to Dolores O'Riordan since the band's early days. "Dolores made our dreams of becoming musicians attainable in our minds, because we weren’t just hearing a woman’s voice in rock music but that voice had a gorgeous Limerick accent. The fact that Zombie was the first YouTube video by an Irish artist to reach a billion plays proves that female musicians are not just here to tick a box," the 'Gay Girls' singers recall.
"This is not a gimmick," they continue. "The artists represented on this release are only a subsection of female and non-binary artists across Ireland making incredible music." Unfortunately, as has been revealed by Linda Coogan Byrne's recent report on Irish radio play, this sentiment is just not reflected in festival lineups and radio playlists. But Pillow Queens remain optimistic: "Recent referendum results and general discourse has shown that Ireland is open to changing for the better. Hopefully in months, not years!"
When the group was first approached by RuthAnne to sing on 'Dreams', they were excited to see all the other artists involved. "We were quite honoured to be asked," they tell me. "We also find it incredible the turnaround on something like this with the amount of people involved, it's a testament to the organisation of it all and it sounds class."
"It's a shame that working alongside these incredible musicians has to be under these circumstances, there’s gonna have to be a group pint after this is all over."
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Watch 'Dreams' below.