“Deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails.” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6music
Pillow Queens formed in Winter 2016 with the immediate release of their demo EP Calm Girls, which sparked a successful string of UK & Irish dates & festival appearances.
Their second EP State of the State made its way onto BBC 6 Music’s playlists, with Steve Lamacq calling them “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”. The lead single Favourite picked up lots of great support on the UK’s national airwaves, including plays on BBC RADIO 1, BBC Introducing, RADIO X & Amazing Radio. After two more UK tours, and two sellout hometown gigs, the band soon found themselves more and more comfortable on bigger stages, opening for the likes of American Football and Pussy Riot, capping off Summer 2018 with a stadium performance opening for Idles & Future Islands.
This quick momentum led to the band working with Mercury Prize nominated producer Tommy McLaughlin for their next single Gay Girls – which received a nomination for the RTE Choice Music Prize song of the year, as well as International airplay on NPR’s World Cafe & KEXP.
“A shimmering chunk of alt-rock” – NME
“Lush alt-rock with tremendous promise” – The Line Of Best Fit
"Heavy Heart have a lightness of touch that makes their music entirely enticing" – Clash
In January 2019, Heavy Heart released Bed Bug, the first of three tracks mixed and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Palehound, Soccer Mommy). Following this with Dowsabel in March and Cry Ice in June, these new singles have seen support from the likes of Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, PopMatters, The Wild Honey Pie, Little Indie Blogs, NME and Earmilk.
Rewind to January 2016, to a tiny flat above the main road in New Cross, south east London, and Heavy Heart were starting work on a project which would see them write, record and release a new song each month of that year. Channelling a sound which The Line of Best Fit praised as “lush alt-rock with tremendous promise”, and with lyrics exploring themes of melancholia, depression, female objectification, mass media, obsessive love, and casual witchcraft, the resulting twelve singles formed a kind of collage, a year in the life of a band, pieced together in real time, as it happened.
With the project gaining momentum, Heavy Heart collaborated with vinyl-only label I Can & I Will, who in March 2017 released all twelve tracks as a limited-edition LP collection entitled Keepsake. Lead single Fruitfly went on to pick up UK airplay on 6 Music from Steve Lamacq, on Radio X from John Kennedy, and from Phil Taggart on Radio 1, and also appeared on Killing Moon’s New Moons Vol. IX compilation in 2018.
The band have recently supported Another Sky, Big Spring, MarthaGunn, and Desert Mountain Tribe, played two packed shows at The Great Escape in May, and headlined their own show at Sebright Arms for Communion Music in June.