The Cranberries are rehearsing cover songs for their upcoming promo tour. As reported today, the band will record a segment on France 2’s Taratata on January 19. This French show frenquently features artists performing cover songs and duet with other artists.
In the past, The Cranberries recorded cover versions of “(They Long To Be) Close To You” (The Carpenters), “Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac) and “In The Ghetto” (Elvis Prestley). The band also played a live version of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” on the Free to Decide Tour in 1996.
The band will not reveal the titles considered as they prefer to keep it a surprise. Fans will have to wait and… hear.
According to business magazine “Fast Company”, our favorite band is back apparently to “cash in on 90’s nostalgia”… The article with a sensationalist title -which reports on a 90’s nostalgia trend in the business industry- took The Cranberries as an example of 90’s bands making a comeback after several years of inactivity (among others, Garbage and No Doubt).
Back in 2003 The Cranberries took a seven-year hiatus to raise their growing families, while pursuing side projets.
“It’s really cool, the chemistry,” Dolores told “Billboard” magazine last Fall about getting back with her old bandmates. “It’s really just right. There’s something there when we’re together that’s really good. It’s not something that money can buy. It’s not really something anyone can really emulate. It’s got to do with energy and chemistry and that kind of thing. It’s like putting on a perfect pair of shoes. It just fits.”
With the “Roses” previews released on the Australian iTunes store a few weeks ago, music listeners can notice that the band is still relevant in the 2010’s, with an updated sound on many songs of its upcoming album.
German radio stations might get a different radio mix of The Cranberries’ first single over the next weeks. According to the Golden Gate Management website, Producer Michael Ilbert mixed a radio edit of “Tomorrow” for German radios.
MICHAEL ILBERT mixed the first single Tomorrow of the new THE CRANBERRIES (Universal) album Roses for the German radio
There will be a physical release of the “Tomorrow” single in Germany, according to the Vertigo Berlin/Universal Music website. The CD-single is due for release on January 27th.
No tracklist is available for the moment. Germany is one of the last territories, if not the last, not to have “Tomorrow” on digital music retailers yet.
Music producer Stephen Street, who worked on the upcoming “Roses” album with The Cranberries, told some interesting details about last Spring recording sessions in an interview published on the Miloco Studios website.
Last June, the band went into the Miloco studios in London to work on four extra songs for their upcoming “Roses” album, which was mainly recorded at the Metalworks Studio in Toronto, Canada.
“I was very interested to see what they would come up with after such a long break. At first they were a little hesitant with their writing, but bit by bit they started to find their rhythm and suddenly some really good material came through,” told Street.
The music producer also explained how the band and he worked on going back to their pre-stardom sound. “I was very keen to get them back to sounding like they did on their first record, which had a very intimate sound. I think touring the world and playing to huge audiences in big stadia had possibly distorted their writing output a bit. And so rather than being this group where D[o]lores was almost singing out to the world, I wanted them to go back to how it was on the first record which was more inwards looking, and intimate. And I think we’ve achieved that, and I’m really looking forward to that album coming out next year.”
The preview clips posted on the Australian iTunes store last week (also YouTube below)
“Roses” 2012 – Audio preview”
revealed The Cranberries at their best on “Roses”, with a less pop-rock sound. Guitars are toned down, acoustic and strings arrangements seems to be more dominant, and light electronica elements, similiar to what we heard on Noel Hogan’s “Mono Band” project, were added to some Cranberries tracks.
Like on the band’s first two albums, O’Riordan seems to be more in control of her vocals, with a soft and warm voice far from the raging style of “To the Faithful Departed” and some rock songs from “Bury the Hatchet” and “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”.
It will be interesting to see if the band will try to integrate this softer style in their upcoming World tour.
Stephen Street produced The Cranberries’ first two albums, “Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?” and “No Need to Argue”, as well as their last effort before their hiatus, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.
Hostess Entertainment has launched a japanese version of The Cranberries official website. With a new release date on February 22, the japanese edition of Roses is planned to have bonus content. There is no word yet on the title(s) chosen. In other news, “Tomorrow” is now available on the Japanese iTunes store.
It looks like Cranberries fans will not get Roses for Valentine’s Day. This week, almost every online music retailers (iTunes, Amazon) has pushed back the release date of The Cranberries upcoming album to February 26-28, depending on the country.
Wednesday, Cooking Vinyl confirmed the new release date (February 27) for Europe on its website.
Thanks to Juan (cranberries.me) for the information.
“Tomorrow” has made its debut on the Billboard Triple-A radio airplay this week at #30.
Here’s what the American magazine had to say about our ‘Berries:
SWEET SUCCESS: An act that scored four top 10s on Alternative Songs in the ’90s makes its first Billboard chart appearance since 2001.
Ireland’s the Cranberries debut on the adult alternative Triple A radio airplay chart at No. 30 with “Tomorrow.” The group had last drawn chart ink when its fifth album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” reached No. 46 on the Nov. 10, 2001, Billboard 200.
Music listeners in selected countries can now pre-order their digital version of The Cranberries Roses album on iTunes, with bonus track “Always”.
“Always” was recorded in London last June, along with “Waiting in Walthamstow” and “Losing My Mind”. The Cranberries also recorded 15 tracks in Toronto, amongst them 6 did not made the final cut on the album (“Someday”, “Eyelash”, “Serendipity”, “In It Together”, “Perfect World” and “Stop Me”).
The American Deluxe version plays the nostalgia card and includes live oldies from the 2010 Madrid show (“Linger”, “Zombie”) along with new track “Always”. In other countries, the standard and/or deluxe iTunes versions include a live version of “Dreams”.
Check your iTunes store to see if “Roses” can already be pre-ordered in your country.
Thanks to Juan for coming up with the information about the iTunes pre-order and to PepeTavo for the information about “Dreams”.
The Cranberries will be in North America next February to promote the release of their upcoming “Roses” album, according to a message on their Twitter account.
“We just had some news about appearing on one of the late night talk shows in the US this coming Feb.” So who is going to welcome back The Cranberries on American national television? Leno, Letterman, Fallon, O’Brien? We’ll have to wait and see.
It is likely that the band will visit other media (TV, radio, press) in the U.S.A. and Canada during this period. All the details will be posted in the “Promo Tour” section when they will be made available.
The European media tour might also be planned for January.
Roses will be released on Feb.13 in Europe and Feb.14 in North America. The World tour will start in March in Australia.
Cranfans got quite a treat tonight : RTÉ radio host Dan Hegarty kept his promise made last October and played the entire 1993 Dave Fanning session (and more!) on his Alternative to Sleep show.
During the first hour, listeners had the chance to (re)discover the Fanning session versions of “Wanted” and “The Icicle Melts”. Keeping the rarest for the end, Hegarty then played “Like You Used To” and “False” in the last hour of his show.
The RTÉ radio host also surprised listeners with a RTÉ 2fm session version of “Home” from Noel Hogan’s Mono Band side project. The song was recorded with Richard Walters in 2005.
Thanks to Dan Hegarty and Ian Wilson from RTÉ 2fm!
The Fanning Sessions Archive site also reveals that there is a project underway at RTÉ to digitise these sessions. “Incidentally there is currently a project underway at RTE to digitise this archive and we await the results with great anticipation.”
The Cranberries’ single “Tomorrow” is now available digitally in Europe. After the UK and Ireland last month, “Tomorrow” can now be downloaded at digital music retailers of almost every European countries, amongst them Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. One major exception for now: Germany.
Outside Europe, the single is also available in Australia and New Zealand.
“Tomorrow” will be available on December 6 in the U.S. and (most propably) in Canada.
It looks like Japanese fans will be the first to get their copy of The Cranberries upcoming album. According to Hostess Entertainment, which will distribute “Roses” in Japan, the album will be out in stores on February 8, 2012.
Here is a recap of the different release dates: Japan – Feb. 8, 2012 Australia – Feb. 10, 2012 Europe – Feb. 13, 2012 USA and Canada – Feb. 14, 2012
At the moment, there is no word on the Japanese tracklist. Japanese albums sometimes include bonus tracks not available on international releases.
Thanks to chico from the cranberries.me community for the info about the date.
After airing the 1991 Dave Fanning session last October, RTÉ radio host Dan Hegarty does it again and brings back from the vault another fan favorite, the other Fanning session, which could include rare tracks “Like You Used To” to and “False”.
“By popular demand (or perhaps gentle persuasion) Dan brings you The Cranberries Fanning Session from 1993“, says the description on Hegarty’s RTÉ blog. Back in October, a confusion on Dan’s blog about the 1991 and 1993 sessions caused quite a commotion in the fan community, who initially thought that they would get a chance to listen to the 1993 session for the first time in 18 years. Hegarty then saved the day by telling the fans he would do his best to find the 1993 session and broadcast it in a near future.
During an interview with Dave Fanning few days before the original 1993 broadcast, singer Dolores O’Riordan and drummer Fergal Lawler explained that they were recording a new version of “Wanted” for that session, plus three new songs. It is likely that those songs are “False”, “Like You Used To” and “The Icicle Melts”. The latter was recorded again a year after for the band’s second album “No Need to Argue”, while the first two were never commercially released.
Be sure to tune in to Dan Hegarty’s show on RTÉ 2fm (not Dave Fanning’s show), next Wednesday night (December 7th) at 11 p.m. (Ireland time).
Asked about his fantasy band, Jacob Graham from indie band The Drums told British newspaper The Independent that he would pick Fergal Lawler on the drums.
I always thought that The Cranberries had really creative drum parts for a pop band [sic]. A song like “Dreams”, their first big single, is a good example of that. Lawler is really precise, hits hard and is still experimental, without being distracting.
Cooking Vinyl confirmed today the tracklist of the 2-disc limited edition of the upcoming Cranberries album, “Roses”. The second CD will contain live versions of 16 past singles and favorites, taken from the 2010 Reunion Tour show in Madrid (Spain).
Let’s hope for another (more daring) limited edition or a EP along the way with the 6 non-album tracks recorded during the Toronto session, the 2003 demos or live/acoustic versions of more recent tracks.
You can pre-order Roses (1-CD, Vinyl and 2-CD limited edition) on Cooking Vinyl’s website. Here’s the track list of the limited edition:
1. Conduct 2. Tomorrow 3. Fire & Soul 4. Raining In My Heart 5. Losing My Mind 6. Schizophrenic Playboys 7. Waiting In Walthamstow 8. Show Me 9. Astral Projections 10. So Good 11. Roses
Disc Two – LIVE MADRID 12/Mar/2010
1. Analyse 2. Animal Instinct 3. How 4. Linger 5. Dreaming My Dreams 6. When Your Gone [sic] 7. Wanted 8. Salvation 9. Desperate Andy 10. I Cant Be With You 11. Ode To My Family 12. Free To Decide 13. Ridiculous Thoughts 14. Zombie 15. Shattered 16. Promises
“Tomorrow” will be released in digital format on December 6 in the U.S., according to Amazon.com. The single will also be released a day earlier in France (December 5). “Tomorrow” is available on amazon.co.uk and on the iTunes stores of Ireland, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand since a few weeks.
Other countries might also get the digital single next week. Watch out your digital music providers on their new release day.
The first images taken on the set of the “Tomorrow” video were posted today on Flickr by guitarist Noel Hogan. The video was shot in a garage setting, with lead-singer Dolores O’ Riordan performing tied in rope.
The band shot the video for the first single of their upcoming Roses album in Limerick yesterday.