Limerick, County Limerick
SINEAD O' BRIEN is an Irish poet and performer based in London. Originally from Limerick 'a kind of grey industrial place with an a certain poetry to it', Sinead's work captures the everyday and the in-between in a way that transcends genre.
Writing from her own observations, her influences can be found in the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall and the works of literary icons such Frank O’Hara, W.B. Yeats, Joan Didion, Albert Camus. 'I am inspired by an honest face on the train, a rhythm, a melody, a feeling, or it can hit me as nothing at all- a vacuum, limbo! Every detail matters'.
Her latest release 'Taking On Time' comes as the landmark 30th single release on Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground label. A mesmerising call-to-arms, 'Taking On Time' is equal parts Mark E and Patti Smith – set against a taut, frenetic bed recalling post-punk underdogs Life Without Buildings and The Slits but with a krautrock groove that is classic Speedy Wunderground.
‘This track is something quite ambitious for me-there is no genre, no setting. It’s got to stand on its own. Working with Dan Carey was an incredibly good fit. It has all the risk and spontaneity of live performance. You guide the fragments into place and once there is some balance and it holds its own - you have to leave it there, it’s done and you move on to the next thing.”
A multifaceted artist, Sinead’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs.
Her unique fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock has piqued the attention of luminaries of both genres, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the UK.
Playing live with her band and collaborators; Julian Hanson (guitar) and Oscar Robertson(drums), Sinead’s transfixing performances are placing her at the forefront of a resurgent post-punk wave that is taking the capital and beyond.