Pillow Queens - Rats

  • Director: Michael Maxxis
  • Producer: Steve Sheehy
  • Producer: Colin Brady
  • DOP: Cale Finot
  • Focus Puller: Mark Hannon
  • 2nd AC: Ciara Rigney
  • Gaffer: Eoghan Hand
  • Lighting Assist Robert Madden
  • Sound: Anthony Egan
  • Production Designer: Stephen Kingston
  • Art Director: James Donnelly
  • DIT / BTS: James Baldwin
  • Make Up / Prosthetics: Julie Caulfield
  • Make Up Assist: Cliona Campbell
  • Hair: Aisling Quinn
  • Prosthetics: Andy Davis
  • Editor: Daniel Bochenski
  • Colour Grade: Katie Jordan
  • Lead Cast: Anna Tomilova
  • Lead Cast: Cara Bradley
  • Manager: John Barrett
  • Label: Royal Mountain Records
Behind The Scenes

We worked alongside Royal Mountain Records and director Michael Maxxis (Orville Peck, City and Colour) to create this fresh reimagined video for Pillow Queens anthem Rats. A huge effort from every member of crew and with an incredible cast and location, it was a crazy but fun shoot on a very limited budget.

Filming the video for ‘Rats’ was catharsis at its best,” explains guitarist Pamela Connolly. “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.

Lyrically the song deals with a moment of madness brought about by a mundane life where you have resigned your creativity and drive. The song flashes through a work-work-drink repeat existence and delves into feelings of low self esteem and apathy. The screaming chorus, while spouting similar themes, boils over with frustration and recklessness that threatens to topple its own meagre existence.