Guinness Australia to release a cover version of “Dreams”

August 30, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

On September 3rd, Guinness Australia will release on Facebook a cover version of The Cranberries first single “Dreams” recorded by Aussie singer Angus Stone.

The Australian artist was commissioned to record covers of two classic Irish tracks (“Dreams” by The Cranberries and “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice) to celebrate Arthur’s (Guinness) Day on September 28th. People will be asked to vote for their favorite cover and whichever song gets the most votes Angus will release and will donate the proceeds of the two songs to SurfAid, a charity helping to improve the health and educational opportunities of people in Indonesia.

Although Angus Stone said to prefer his Damien Rice cover, let’s try to make Dreams win! Results will be revealed on September 28th, one day before Dreams’ 20th release date anniversary. (pure coincidence!)

Check out the Guinness Australia Facebook page on September 3rd for more details.
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Song of the day: “Won’t Leave No More”

August 26, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s the last day and we end this special week with the latest Mono Band track “Won’t Leave No More” featuring Fin Chambers.

Mono Band – “Won’t Leave No More”

In 2011, Noel brought Mono Band back to life by working on 5 new songs, three of them (“Waking Up all Over”, “Won’t Leave No More”, “Your Broken State”) confirmed to have been recorded with vocalist Fin Chambers. “Won’t Leave No More” was released on a charity compilation entitled “Life Support” in April 2012. “Life Support” is a compilation of exclusive tracks from some of the Ireland’s finest artists in aid of the Pieta House, a suicide and self-harm crisis centre located in Limerick.

Fin Chambers

Fin Chambers is the former lead singer of Irish band Woodstar. In 2005, he contributed two songs with Mono Band: “Release” (Mono Band album) and “She’s So Blue” (a free download track available on Mono Band’s official website at the time).

The CD version of “Life Support” is available on Delphi label while the digital version can be found on Band Camp.

Song of the day: “Black Hair”

August 25, 2012  |  Comments Off on Song of the day: “Black Hair”  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s pick is none other than “Black Hair” featuring Richard Walters.
(OK, this one is kind of an Arkitekt song)

Arkitekt – “Black Hair”

The “Black Hair” demo was first posted as a Mono Band song on the Mono Band MySpace page in February 2006. It was later offered for purchase on Indiestore in June 2006, also as a Mono Band track. The final version, produced by Bernard Butler, was released in October 2007 on Arkitekt’s “Black Hair” EP.

Richard Walters and Noel Hogan

In 2011, Richard Walters released a new version of the track on his second album “Pacing”. Richard Walters was the main Mono Band/Arkitekt contributor over the years. In 2007, Noel and him continued working together under the band name Arkitekt, which was more guitar-oriented and less electronica. Two years later, Walters released his first solo album “The Animal” then “Pacing” in 2011 and the “Young Trees” EP later that same year. Richard is about to release a new album “Regret Less” which is now available as a pre-release on pledgemusic.com.

Song of the day: “Hollow Man”

August 24, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is none other than “Hollow Man” featuring Nicolas Leroux.

Mono Band – “Hollow Man”

The song, which was also registered to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers database (ASCAP) as “No Crisis Allowed”, is the only Nicolas Leroux track on the Mono Band album, although the French singer and songwriter is known to have work on a second track.

Nicolas Leroux

Nicolas Leroux was the lead singer of French band Overhead, which released “Silent Witness” in 2002. The French vocalist also pursue his singing career as The Fugitive Kind.

“Harder Than You Think” exclusive 40-second audio clip revealed

August 24, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

The mystery is over: here is an exclusive 40-second audio clip of Mono Band’s never-before-heard-of track called “Harder Than You Think” and featuring a brand new collaborator, Evi Vine. The audio clip, kindly offered by Noel himself for Cranberries World’s “Mono Band Week”, is the second of two unreleased tracks which are being revealed to fans for the first time ever!

Note that CW does not have the whole track!

Mono Band – “Harder Than You Think”

Few information about this collaboration have been revealed yet. It is unclear whether this song was part of the 2005 Mono Band album recordings or one of the new track Noel has worked on. (Evi confirmed that the track was recorded “a long time ago”.)

Evi Vine

Evi Vine is a singer/songwriter emerging from the UK’s underground music scene. Her debut album “…And So The Morning Comes” was released in April 2011.

Song of the day: “Miss P”

August 23, 2012  |  Comments Off on Song of the day: “Miss P”  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is none other than “Miss P” featuring Alexandra Hamnede. The song was produced by Noel Hogan, Matt Vaughan and Stephen Street. Also remixed by Steve Hillier and Ming & FS.

Mono Band – “Miss P”

Swedish singer Alexandra Hamnede co-wrote four songs on the 2005 “Mono Band” album, more than any other artists featured on this album. Throughout her career she has done a considerable amount of studio work, both as a lead and backup singer. She will be featured on one track (“Seriously”) on Afterlife’s new album “The White Island” to be released in September.

Alexandra Hamnede

You can buy the “Run Wild” CD-single (which also features the original version and Steve Hillier mix of “Miss P”) and the “Mono Band” album from the Gohan Records website. Both releases are also available as a digital download on the Gohan Records website and on most iTunes stores. Both remixes of “Miss P” are available on the iTunes version of Mono Band’s “Remixes“album.

Song of the day: “Crazy”

August 22, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is none other than “Crazy” featuring Kate Havnevik.

Mono Band – “Crazy”

The song is one of the highlight of the 2005 “Mono Band” album according to many reviews. A demo version of the song was released as a free download on Kate Havnevik’s website in April 2006. The song was also performed live by Alexandra Hamnede on several Mono Band shows.


Kate Havnevik

Norwegian singer Kate Havnevik performed with acts such as Röyksopp (“Only This Moment”) before releasing her first solo album “Melankton” in 2006. The first part of her follow up album “You” was released earlier this year while the second part is set to hit the stores this autumn.

The 2005 Mono Band album, which features “Crazy” can be ordered on the Gohan Records website. The release is also available as a digital download on the Gohan Records website and on most iTunes stores.

ʺFlameʺ exclusive 40-second audio clip revealed

August 22, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

The wait is over: Exclusive 40-sec audio clip of Mono Band’s “Flame” featuring Kate Havnevik is here.
The audio clip, kindly offered by Noel Hogan for Cranberries World’s “Mono Band Week” is the first of two unreleased tracks which are being revealed to fans for the first time ever! Let’s hope for a full official release sometime in the near future.

Note that CW does not have the whole track!

Mono Band – “Flame”

“I did record a track with Kate called Flame explained Noel Hogan to Zombieguide.com in February 2006. “It was part of the first sessions I did with Kate, I think we did three or four tracks together. I am sure I will get around to using them at some stage.”

On November 26, 2007 the Monoband.co.uk website revealed that two previously unreleased tracks [‘Flame’ and ‘Angels’] featuring Kate Havnevik on vocals were being mixed by Noel and would be available for download soon after that… but the downloads never appeared.

Then, on March 15, 2011 Noel wrote on Twitter “Listening to a new mix of Mono Band Flame by Session Leopard. Really liking it, will have it online soon.”
This version also remains unreleased up to this date.

Song of the day: “Brighter Sky” [Ming & FS Remix]

August 21, 2012  |  Comments Off on Song of the day: “Brighter Sky” [Ming & FS Remix]  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is “Brighter Sky” [Ming & FS Remix] featuring Soname Yangchen.

Mono Band – “Brighter Sky” – Ming & FS Remix

“Brighter Sky” was aslo remixed by Steve Hillier, Lovesky and Stuhr. The orginal version of the song was produced by Noel Hogan, Matt Vaughan and Marius DeVries.

“I went with a different sound on ‘Brighter Sky’ because I needed to do something unlike anything I had ever done before. I knew at the time I wanted to take a different direction in the writing, I had been writing this way for many years, so it was more for myself then anything else. I was doing the best I could to get away from the sound that people were used to hearing from me, this is also the reason the track was put first on the album” told Noel Hogan in 2005.

Soname Yangchen

Soname Yangchen was born in Tibet and now lives in England. She performed with acts such as Zero 7 and the Asian Dub Foundation. She released two solo albums, “Unforgettable Land” (2006) and “Plateau” (2009).

All Mono Band remixes are available on the digital release of “Remixes” on iTunes. A signed limited edition vinyl featuring “Miss P” (Steve Hillier Mix), “Brighter Sky” (Steve Hillier Mix), “Brighter Sky” (Lovesky Mix), “Brighter Sky” (original version – Marius De Vries Mix) is also available on the Gohan Records website.

Song of the day: “Waves”

August 20, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World will feature a Mono Band song every day of this special week. We start off today with “Waves” featuring Richard Walters.

Mono Band – “Waves” – The sole live performance on TV

“Waves” was the first single released from the 2005 “Mono Band” album.
“A big influence for this track came from listening to an album by Stina Nordenstam called ‘And She Closed Her Eyes’. I have always been a big fan of this album, I hadn’t heard it for ages and then when I was in the middle of recording the album I started listening to the album again. The result was Waves” told Noel Hogan in 2005.

The song, produced by Noel Hogan, Matt Vaughan and Stephen Street also features drums by Cranberries member Fergal Lawler.

Richard Walters was the main Mono Band/Arkitekt contributor over the years. In 2007, Noel and him continued working together under the band name “Arkitekt”. Two years later, Walters released his first solo album “The Animal” then “Pacing” in 2011 (which features new versions of his Arkitekt collaboration with Noel) and the “Young Trees” EP later that same year. Richard is about to release a new album “Regret Less” which is now available as a pre-release on pledgemusic.com.

You can buy the “Waves” CD-single and the 2005 “Mono Band” album from the Gohan Records website. Both releases are also available as digital downloads on the Gohan Records website and on most iTunes stores.

Poll: Your favorite “Mono Band” (2005) song

August 20, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

Tell Cranberries World which of the 12 songs from the 2005 “Mono Band” album is your favorite.

Which 'Mono Band' album track is your favorite?

  • Waves (feat. Richard Walters) (29%, 9 Votes)
  • Brighter Sky (feat. Soname Yangchen) (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Hollow Man (feat. Nicolas LeRoux) (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Crazy (feat. Kate Havnevik) (13%, 4 Votes)
  • Home (feat. Richard Walters) (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Release (feat. Fin Chambers) (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Invitation (feat. Alexandra Hamnede) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Why? (feat. Alexandra Hamnede) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Miss P (feat. Alexandra Hamnede) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Run Wild (feat. Alexandra Hamnede) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Indecisive (feat. Richard Walters) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Coyotes & Helicopters (feat. Angie Hart) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Mono Band Week starts tomorrow

August 19, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

Starting tomorrow Monday, Cranberries World will celebrate Noel Hogan’s side projects with the “Mono Band Week”. And we have a few surprises along the way…

New information about Noel’s side projects will be added to the Cranberries World site over the next week and a theme will be featured every day. We’ll start off the “Mono Band Week” Monday with the 2005 eponymous release. On Tuesday, it will be all about the Mono Band remixes. Then, we will post information about demos and other digital releases (Wednesday), concerts (Thursday), promo performances and unreleased songs (Friday), Arkitekt (Saturday) and the 2011/2012 Mono Band rebirth (Sunday).

Our “Mono Band Week” starts tomorrow

Speaking of unreleased songs, Noel himself was kind enough to provide us with 40-second audio clips of two unreleased songs (actually, he sent us three, but one of them was “She So Blue”, which was already released as a free digital download in 2005). So be sure to visit our site every day or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to be the first listeners of these two never-before-heard audio clips. One of the two tracks is performed by a vocalist featured on the first Mono Band album, the second one features a brand new singer (and no, it is not the Eagle-Eye Cherry track!)

Poll: Which “Roses” track should be the next single? + promo ideas (UPDATED)

August 10, 2012  |  9 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

As The Cranberries will take off the European leg of the “Roses Tour” this Autumn, CW is asking you which track of the new album should be the next single. Note that “Tomorrow”, “Raining in My Heart”, “Waiting in Walthamstow” and “Show Me” were not included as these tracks were already sent to radio, at least in some countries.

Speaking of promotion of the upcoming shows in Europe, why not ask Cooking Vinyl -The Cranberries record company- to take advantage of this tour and release a complete session edition of “Roses” which could include the 6 bonus tracks (“Always”, “In It Together”, “Perfect World”, “Serendipity”, “Someday”, “Stop Me”) and a couple of the acoustic tracks (“There Is A Light…”, “Tomorrow”, “Raining in My Heart”, “Roses”…) the band performed on radio since January. Remember that many fans were disappointed this Winter not to have this material on a good old CD.

Do you have any ideas to promote the album and the tour for the upcoming months? Share them with us!


UPDATE – AUGUST 21

Unfortunately we had to delete this poll as we found out that one of the site visitor voted for “Schizophrenic Playboys” on multiple occasions. Since the results did not reflect the opinion of the Cran-community (1 vote by visitor), we prefer not to show them on the site. Remember that those polls are made just for fun, to get a clearer view of what the Cran-community likes best. This is not a competition to get your favorite song, album or other answers in first place. Next polls will be done by email for a better control of the votes. Thanks to other visitors for their vote and support.

“Raining in My Heart” promo CD: most probably real

August 6, 2012  |  Comments Off on “Raining in My Heart” promo CD: most probably real  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

As reported 2 days ago, a “Raining in My Heart” promo CD-single surfaced on eBay in the last week.
This CD is anything but fake!
The promo CD was released by the Lindsey Holmes Publicity agency (LHP) from Dublin.
This agency is in charge of the band’s promotion in Ireland.
The single was also played a couple of times on Ireland national radio station RTÉ.

“Raining in My Heart” promo CD-single surfaces

August 4, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

As The Cranberries are on their Summer holiday, another promo CD appeared on eBay, this time “Raining in My Heart”. Two months ago a promo CD-single for “Waiting in Walthamstow” was also on sale on the auction website. More copies surfaced since then. “Waiting in Walthamstow” was intented for the U.K. market. As for “Raining in My Heart” both copies on eBay come from Dublin, Ireland.

Promo CD as appeared on eBay. Probably front and back of the sheet + CD-R  

Fake or real… What do you think? Was a promo campaign for RIMH planned before Dolores decided to take a break from touring? For info, remember that “Raining in My Heart” was aired on several radio stations in Italy last March.

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