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Pillow Queens re-record ‘Rats’ song and video, sign to Royal Mountain Records

Pillow Queens re-record ‘Rats’ song and video, sign to Royal Mountain Records

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Dublin four-piece Pillow Queens have released a new version of their early EP track and fan favourite ‘Rats’ to coincide with the news that the band have signed to Royal Mountain Records, the Canadian label which releases music from Orville Peck, PUP, Alvvays, Rochelle Jordan and Mac DeMarco.

The new version of ‘Rats’ comes was recorded with with Tommy Mclaughlin, who produced their debut In Waiting and you can hear on the track, a crowd from one of their live shows singing along to the song’s memorable “I’m not a rat, if you’re not a rat, i won’t say nothing if you touch me like that.”

The band signed a publishing deal with Sub Pop last year also.


The video for the song was directed by Michael Maxxis (Orville Peck, City and Colour) and was shot in the Hole In The Wall.



“Filming the video for ‘Rats’ was catharsis at its best. After 18 months of no gigs and being inside, we finally got a chance to gather in a venue and simulate a real life gig with some of our closest friends. The chant section towards the end of the song is usually a highlight of our live set and we had really missed that energy so having a chance to recreate that was really special.”

Pamela Connolly.

Photo by Rich Gilligan

Pillow Queens Tour Dates



Sept 18th – Berlin, Pure & Crafted Festival
Sept 24th – Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
Sept 28th – Majorca, Sons de Nit Festival
Nov 2nd – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Nov 3rd – Bristol, Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
Nov 4th – London, The Dome (SOLD OUT)
Nov 6th – Brighton, Mutations Festival
Nov 8th – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
Nov 9th – Manchester, YES
Nov 10th – Liverpool, Arts Club Loft
Nov 12th – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
Nov 13th – Glasgow, Great Western Festival
Nov 14th – Nottingham, Bodega
Dec 2nd – Belfast, Ulster Sports Club (SOLD OUT)
Dec 4th – Dundalk, Spirit Store (SOLD OUT)
Dec 5th – Derry, Sandinos (SOLD OUT)
Dec 8th – Cork, Cyprus Avenue (SOLD OUT)
Dec 9th – Listowel, Mike the Pies (SOLD OUT)
Dec 10th – Kilkenny, Set Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Dec 11th – Limerick, Dolans (SOLD OUT)
Dec 16th – Galway, Roisin Dubh (SOLD OUT)
Dec 17th – Dublin, The Button Factory (SOLD OUT)
Dec 18th – Dublin, The Button Factory (SOLD OUT)