Brian's first introduction to music was in the womb when his dear mother toured with Loudest Whisper (Brian's father's band) around Germany in the early 80's, Brian suspects this is where he may have imbibed his first noodlings of Kraut-Rock kings Can. Growing up in Cork in a household that made music a sixth sense, Brian was introduced to many styles and genres. Django Reinhart, The Animals, Queen, Rory Gallagher, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Tori Amos, Niel Young , Kraftwork, Air, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Queens of the Stoneage along with loads of Blues and Jazz records of which could be heard from any of his siblings rooms. Brian received an analogue tape 4 track for his 21st , his very first recordings were drum machine and 'casio' keyboard dittys where Brian enjoyed tweaking sounds with multiple effects and tape delay, and there Brian got hooked. 8 track digital recording came, then mini-disc recording and then a high powered computer that could handle 30 channel recording, jack pot!! Brian played in a number of bands around Cork city before starting Carpool Conversation in 2012 and bringing the project to London. The first Carpool Conversation gigs were solo affairs, where Brian would drag a sitar, guitar, a loop station and multi effects units through the roomy and somewhat cool surroundings of London underground to gigs.
In London, Carpool grew into a four piece playing alt-indie rock with some Kraut rock noodlings thrown in for good measure. 2016 saw Carpool move back to Cork city to build a recording and writing space where like minded musicians could join in on the conversation, the concept is simple, collaborate, create, record and share.
Expect to hear music that draws on multiple musical genres and sensibilities (alt melodic-rock, indie-rock, psych-folk, electronica and groove).
How lovely – nearly 60 years on from the birth of rock’n’roll – to hear a track that’s not quite like anything one has heard before. Oddly accessible, charmingly eccentric, there’s nothing “radiofriendly” or “mainstream” about this mob. As a result they’re far more likely to produce a huge smash OMFG record in the coming months than all the indie-by-numbers Editors clones still being pushed at us by pluggers and record companies on a daily basis. I really really like this track. (Memory wave by Carpool Conversation) ''Tom Robinson-BBC6 MUSIC
If you like Radioheads 'Pyramid song' you might like this - Lauren Laverne BBC6 MUSIC
Comprised of a flavour of Irish, English and Polish, the end result is both haunting and attractive as each song is dripping with ambiguity. Their lyrics are laced with sex, religion, and danger with the African Queen in question presiding over the whole lot, as lead singer O Reilly sings “as a demon and a Goddess she’s well-rehearsed.”GoldenPlec review''
Unorthodox? Yes. Musically brave? Most definitely! There are many other adjectives one could use to describe the sound of London-based three-piece, Carpool Conversation. From psych groove to indie, punk to alternative rock, the listener is constantly left guessing, with upbeat, jiving guitars, and drums that have a mind of their own. From the unique vocals, to modern scat-instrumentals, the eccentricity of this music keeps the listener intrigued throughout, Carpool Conversation certainty do not play safe.-Right Chord music band of the week