Irish post-punk poet Sinead O’Brien has shared her angsty new single, ‘Kid Stuff’.
It’s been a strong last twelve months for Limerick native O’Brien, who released her debut single back in 2018, but has continued to get bolder with each release and ‘Kid Stuff’ is her most vigorous effort to date. The single is her first release since her 2020 EP, Drowning In Blessings, and ‘Kid Stuff’ sees her serve up a chaotic blend of post-punk with ferocious sprechgesang delivery.
While the recipe has served countless others well over the last few decades, O’Brien has still managed to make ‘Kid Stuff’ sound fresh and gives her own stirring take on a beloved sound. The track is intense and exhilarating in equal measures, with O’Brien plastering a brazen attitude all over ‘Kid Stuff’.
The new effort was penned by O’Brien alongside bandmates Julian and Oscar. Commenting on the track, she explains: “‘Kid Stuff’ shows up all different tones on different days. There’s something alive in it which cannot be caught or told. It is direct but complex; it contains chapters. This feels like our purest and most succinct expression yet.”
O’Brien has already won over contemporaries such as John Cooper-Clarke and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, whom she has both performed with over the last couple of years. She’s also got a headline tour pencilled in for later in the year, plus a support slot for IDLES at Brixton Academy, with the future only looking up for O’Brien.
While post-punk seems to have become a dirty word over the last couple of years with everyman and his dog following that path, O’Brien has given her enchanting spin on the micro-genre. Her brutally honest lyrics about life’s intricate everyday woes make for a beguiling listen, proving that post-punk is still alive and kicking.
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