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SINEAD O’BRIEN RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “THERE ARE GOOD TIMES COMING”

DEBUT ALBUM ‘TIME BEND AND BREAK THE BOWER’ OUT JUNE 10TH VIA CHESS CLUB

UK, IRELAND AND EUROPE HEADLINE TOURS LONDON LAFAYETTE OCTOBER 17TH

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Today Irish artist Sinead O’Brien releases her brand new single and video “There Are Good Times Coming”, the third single to be taken from her debut album ‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’, due for release June 10th via Chess Club Records. The visceral music video continues her series of truly stunning visuals made in collaboration with director Chloé le Drezen. Sinead will play a string of festivals ahead of massive autumn UK, Ireland and European tours including London’s Lafayette – the full list of live dates is below.

Communing at the triangulation of words, music and image, O’Brien has always conjured powerful worlds: but none more powerful, or as immersive, than on her debut record. In the space that exists between her delivery – at once wry, silky, vicious, and self-assured – and the music – a dynamic, dancing call-and-response from her collaborators, guitarist Julian Hanson and drummer Oscar Robertson – lies a productive tension. Using a method of creating on-instinct, in constant communication with multisensory cues, O’Brien is carving out a space as a musical oracle for an ever-shifting era. The 11-track album was produced by super-producer Dan Carey (Fontaines DC, Wet Leg, Squid, Black Midi, Foals, Kae Tempest) and recorded in his south London studio Mr Dan’s.

“The story of the album is built up in layers; one song giving context to the next” explains Sinead; “I thought about becoming undressed; testing my ideas, my voice. Working myself out across themes of identity, curiosity, creative process. Experimenting with the form and shape of language, using tone and delivery to get to the immediate centre of what I am saying. The record opens and closes with poems, these tracks have a really clear direction – a form which is set apart from the ‘songs’. I hold stops in different places, moving emphatically through the lyrics, changing the meaning. No punctuation – only the voice mapping out the way.”

“The album title “Time Bend and Break The Bower”, from the song ‘Multitudes’, came into my head and made its demands, an idea that pressed on me throughout the record. It has a very active role. The clock symbol is enlarged, it looms like a moon over my activity watching, counting me down to zero. Dripping with self-sabotage and the feeling of being chased; it pulls and pushes against the verses which talk of ’Multitudes’; the things that faithfully come back – the images, the words, creativity. It is creativity itself.”

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Since 2020, O’Brien has garnered international critical acclaim from titles like Rolling Stone, DIY, Dazed, Dork, Loud & Quiet, NME, Paste, Stereogum, The FADER, The Guardian, The Quietus, and AnOther Magazine, among others. O’Brien has also been consistently supported on national radio: she counts Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, and Steve Lamacq and Amy Lamé at BBC Radio 6 Music as champions of her music, with the latter station giving two tracks a spot on their B List. And O’Brien is building on her US support from the likes of Seattle’s KEXP alongside appearances at SXSW – in virtual form in 2021, and with a much lauded live run with her band in Texas earlier this spring.

With a background on the design teams for John Galliano and, later, Vivienne Westwood, it’s no surprise that raven-haired O’Brien’s cultural touchstones also span a rich history of art, photography, film, dance and movement: from Helmut Newton femme fatales and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s bleak landscapes, to modern performance by Michael Clark, to the writings of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett. Recently also tapped by Gucci to perform, it’s clear that O’Brien’s esoteric instincts will continue to inspire those beyond the industry as well as within it.

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Upcoming Live Dates:

May 2022
12th – 14th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK
28th – 29th – Sea Change Festival, Totnes, UK

June 2022
6th – Primavera In The City, Barcelona, Spain
12th – St Anne’s Park, Dublin (Duran Duran support)
17th-19th – Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Ireland

July 2022
2nd July – Festival Europavox, Clermont-Ferrand, France
29th – 31st – All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford, Ireland

September 2022
1st – 4th – End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire, UK
15th – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
16th – Le Point Éphémère, Paris, France
17th – Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
18th – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
20th – Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
21st – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
22nd – Obaren, Stockholm, Sweden
25th. – Bumann & SOHN, Cologne, Germany
26th – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium

October 2022 – UK and Ireland headline tour
9th – Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
10th – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
11th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
12th – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
14th – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
15th – Future Days, The Crossing, Birmingham, UK
17th – Lafayette, London, UK
19th – Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
20th – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
21st – Exchange, Bristol, UK
26th – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
27th – Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
28th – Black Box, Belfast, UK
29th – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland

November 2022 – Belle and Sebastian UK Support Tour
14th – Roundhouse, London, UK (B&S Support)
17th – O2 Academy, Sheffield, UK (B&S Support)
24th – O2 City Hall, Newcastle, UK (B&S Support)
27th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK (B&S Support)
28th – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK (B&S Support)
29th – Guildhall, Southampton, UK (B&S Support)
30th – Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK (B&S Support)