Originally from Limerick, O’Brien’s work captures the everyday and the in between in a way that transcends any genre label. Writing from her own observations, O’Brien’s influences can be found in the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall and Patti Smith, and the works of literary icons such as Samuel Beckett, W.B Yeats, Flann O’Brien, Joan Didion and Albert Camus.
2020 was a true breakout year for O’Brien, drawing international critical acclaim from the likes of DIY, Dazed, Dork, Loud & Quiet, NME, Paste, Stereogum, The FADER, The Forty Five, The Guardian, The Quietus, and more. O’Brien was heavily supported at national radio with the likes of Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, and Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6 Music proving huge champions of her music, culminating with ‘Most Modern Painting’ landing a spot on the 6 Music playlist last year.
A multifaceted artist, O’Brien’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 lyric-focused, spoken and sung words set against the "unholy orchestra" (Dork Magazine) of her band, Julian Hanson (guitar) and Oscar Robertson (drums), has piqued the attention of luminaries of both fields, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and The Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the U.K. Sinead O’Brien’s transfixing performances are placing her at the forefront of a resurgent wave of independent British and Irish talent.