The Irish Arts Center will present a week-long residency with indie rock band Pillow Queens
The Irish Arts Center will present a week-long residency with The Guardian’s “most exciting indie rockers” of 2020, Pillow Queens. Spanning multiple mediums and including some of their favorite local and international artists, Pillow Queens hosts engagements including a film screening, a literary event and two band concerts with special guests SOAK and Deanna Petcoff.
The Pillow Queens in Residence lineup kicks off with a screening of You Are Not My Mother (September 13), the “seriously impressive” feature debut (The Guardian) from writer-director Kate Dolan, whose previous work includes the videos of Pillow Queens “Holy Show”, “Brothers” and “Gay Girls”. The film follows teenage Char, whose mother disappears from their Dublin home one day, and returns completely changed, with Char dealing with the unfolding nightmare.
On September 14, Pillow Queens presents an event around the essay collection This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music. Edited by ’90s icon Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and esteemed writer Sinéad Gleeson, this powerful collection of essays is for and about artists who have opened doors and offered a new way of thinking about the vast array of women in music. Gleeson is joined in conversation by fellow writers Leslie Jamison and Jenn Pelly. Sarah Corcoran of Pillow Queens moderates.
Two standing concerts conclude the residency, on September 16 and 17, offering New York audiences the opportunity to experience the work of a band considered by The Guardian “one of Ireland’s best new bands in a country ( let alone a city) not short on them” and “part of the Irish rock revival” by Stereogum. For these evenings, the group is joined by special guests SOAK, the Derry-born singer-songwriter who was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2015 for his debut album, aged 18, and Toronto indie rocker Deanna Petcoff .
Pillow Queens in Residence Hours and Ticketing
tuesday september 13
Screening of the film: You are not my mother
7:30 p.m. | $18 ($15 + $3 service charge)
Wednesday September 14
Literary event with Sinéad Gleeson, Sarah Corcoran, Leslie Jamison and Jenn Pelly:
This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music
7:30 p.m. | $18 ($15 + $3 service charge)
friday september 16
Pillow Queens and Friends in Concert
With SOAK and Deanna Petcoff
Standing room only
8 p.m. | $23 ($20 + $3 service charge)
For every ticket purchased for Pillow Queens and Friends in Concert, audience members can add a ticket for You Are Not My Mother or This Woman’s Work — or both — for $10 each (reg. $18, $3 service fee) $ included). The price of the package takes effect once all events have been added to your basket.
About Pillow Queens
Since forming in Dublin in late 2016, Pillow Queens have shared stages with IDLES, Soak and Pussy Riot, developing a loyal and passionate fan base. In the winter of 2019 the band traveled to rural County Donegal to record their debut album, In Waiting, with award-winning producer Tommy McLaughlin (Soak/Hanna Peel). Released by the band’s own label in September 2020, In Waiting has received critical acclaim, including a 5-star review from The Irish Times, who called the album an “emotional masterpiece”.
In Waiting was nominated for Ireland’s prestigious Choice Music Prize as Album of the Year. It won album of the day and a listing on BBC 6 Music, and drew praise and support from the likes of NPR’s All Songs Considered and KEXP’s Song of the Day.
In 2021, the group was invited to make their US television debut Late Night on CBS’s The Late Late Show, then signed with Sub Pop Publishing. In May, the band returned to their Dublin City practice space to begin writing their next record, and recently found a new home for themselves, signing a worldwide deal with Toronto’s Royal Mountain Records. They plan to spend the rest of the year doing sold-out tours in Ireland and the UK.
Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972 and based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, is a home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion or appreciation for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. We showcase, develop and celebrate the work of established and emerging artists and cultural practitioners, providing audiences with emotionally and intellectually engaging experiences fueled by collaboration, innovation, adventure, authenticity and celebration of our common humanity, in an environment of Irish hospitality. . Rooted in local traditions, we also provide community education programs and access to the arts for people of all ages and ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. As part of a historic partnership between the people of Ireland and New York, the Irish Arts Center recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility to support this 21st century mission.