The Cranberries say new album is “Like Moving On”

April 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries say new album is “Like Moving On”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As the second recording session for The Cranberries’s yet unnamed fifth album goes underway, Dolores recently gave some insight into the new recording to MTV Italy prior to the last leg of the 2000 Loud and Clear Tour.

Dolores, seated alongside drummer Fergal, sat comfortably in front of a quaint old-world style brick oven. Her hair, as random as the weather, was a natural dark brown, extending all the way to her shoulders while she fashioned rather depressive yet striking black eyeliner.

“We’ve got a few shows lined up for the summer [2000], but it’s kind of an exciting time because we’re starting to create the new album, the next album. So it’s a lovely time whereupon you don’t know what’s around the corner, you don’t know what kind of songs you’re gonna write. Like, we have a few, but it’s very exciting ‘cos it’s kind of like moving on and starting a whole you thing, you know? So it’s kind of like beginning again in a way.”

Fergal, chiming in beside her, noted that just like before, family is still priority. Half of the time with the band, half of the time at home.

Yet the phrase “moving on” holds promise to all those fans who were even slightly disappointed with “Bury the Hatchet”. But exactly what kind of sound can we expect? Last year’s audience-recorded sound clips were but a mere blurred snapshot of a big picture. However, the official page notes that “Pretty Eyes”, one of the few announced titles will be a slow ballad compared to other “fiestier” pieces on the recording. And lets not forget that the band promised a string quartet will be included, as was done on the band’s early works, which hints at an orchestral quality of sorts.

But to truly know, patient fans will have to wait a few months to find out.

The 2001 Cranberry award nominations

April 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on The 2001 Cranberry award nominations  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The nominees for the 2001 Cranberry Awards have been announced, and Zombieguide is once again nominated in several categories!
Zombieguide USA is currently nominated in the following categories:
Best Cran-Web in World, Best Cran-Web in America, Best Cran-Web in English, and Cran-Web with Best Contents. Zombieguide Europe is nominted in the Best Cran-Web in Europe category. Also, Zombieguide South America is nomited in the category for Cran-Web with Best Contents. We were quite pleased with last year’s results — we won the “Blue Berry” for Best Cran-Web in World and the Best Cran-Web in English, while Zombieguide South America won the Cran- Web with Best Contents. So show your support for Zombieguide and vote now at the 2001 Cranberry Awards. Voting is open until November.

More on the LAM article

April 14, 2001  |  Comments Off on More on the LAM article  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s not a whole lot, but The Herald has scrounged together a tad of information regarding the “Living Abroad Magazine” article reported yesterday. In addition to the article about the one and only Cranberries, the write-up also includes a black and white photo of the band.

If you’ve got any information about this or any other recent magazine/newspaper article about the band, or any other Cran news for that matter, don’t hesitate to e-mail The Cranberries Herald. As always, you’ll be credited for your submission!

Rehearsals begin for second recording session

April 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on Rehearsals begin for second recording session  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to Fergal on The Cranberries Official Site, the band has now begun rehearsals for their second and final recording session for their upcoming fifth album, still untitled. Guitarist Noel, who was absent for the rehersals in late March, returned to Ireland on the 2nd of this month to join the band. Recording is scheduled to pick up again on Monday.

On a site note, Fergal also noted that he attended a concert of The Stereo MC’s two weeks ago in Limerick. “It was their second gig in seven years (the first being the previous night in Galway) although going by their performance you wouldn’t suspect it. Well worth checking out if you are in the mood for a good boogie!”

Also, if you’ve got a band that you’re trying to publicize, Fergal’s also got some tips on sending out demo tapes, so check out the official page if you’re interested.

Source: Official Cranberries Homepage

The Cranberries featured in UK’s “LAM” magazine

April 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries featured in UK’s “LAM” magazine  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are featured in the March 16th issue of the UK magazine LAM, “Living Abroad Magazine”. The ‘Berries are part of a cover article on Irish music. The Corrs have stolen the cover image with a very large color photo, but the inside article features U2, Morrissey, The Cranberries and others.

We will have more info about the actual content of the article if and when it’s made available. If you have scans or info about the article, please drop us a line!

You can also visit the uninformative LAM Online website if you’ve got too much time on your hands.

Timbaland expresses interest in working with The Cranberries

April 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on Timbaland expresses interest in working with The Cranberries  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

After being named Top R&B/Hip-Hop Producer in Billboard’s year-end 2000 issue, the magazine recently sat down with Timbaland to discuss his current projects and aspirations. The producer has a long list of titles, including production, remixing, and writing credits.

Timbaland, aka Tim Mosely, can be found gracing the liner notes of some of the largest R&B and Rap artists, such as Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, and Magoo. But more recently, he has been eyeing the rock scene. He has recently worked with Beck, Limp Bizkit, and No Doubt, three widely diverse rock acts indeed.

“I want to work with rock artists,” he says. “No Doubt, Metallica, The Cranberries — her [Dolores O’Riordan] voice is so gorgeous. I would work with Björk too. I can do them all. It’s where I’m at right now, creatively.”

To make things more interesting, The Cranberries too have recently considered the possibility of a remix album. Drummer Fergal Lawler commented last November, “We have talked about doing a remix album at some stage in the future, it would be an interesting experience.”

Source: Billboard.com

Album recording to restart in 2 weeks

April 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on Album recording to restart in 2 weeks  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’s official page has updated, relaying the current status of the album-in-progress. As planned, the band minus Noel met last week with producer Stephen Street. Dolores and the rest of the band have been writing several bits and pieces since the group adjourned their last recording session in September. Street says that he “loved” the new pieces, which is a good sign for us all.

The band will once again return to Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios on April 16th to record the second batch of tracks for the yet-unnamed fifth album. As you will recall, the band’s first batch of songs were mixed last December in Dublin.

In other news, congratulations to guitarist Noel Hogan on the delivery of his second daughter, Sophie Hogan, on March 26th, 2001, in London. As you probably know, Noel was absent from last week’s rehersal due to his wife’s pregnancy.

And finally, we have a photo of Stephen Street from last week’s session.

New band photos

March 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on New band photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries made their last public appearance last November at Dublin’s MTV Europe Awards Preshow, and we have seen little of them since. And for good reason — they’re in the studio, recording an album, after all.

But that doesn’t keep the Official Page from rolling along. The page has posted three new pics of the band. Dolores has once again changed her hair back to the long bleached look that she had nearly two years ago when “Bury the Hatchet” hit store shelves.

“Whisper” features 1st “Dreams” video

March 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Whisper” features 1st “Dreams” video  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“From a Whisper to a Scream”, a DVD that documents the history of Irish rock was released last week in limited distribution. However, it seems that the DVD does contain some rare footage indeed.

Unfortunately, The Cranberries segment is very very short. However, the segment does manage to feature an extended clip of the very first “Dreams” video. The astute fan can tell you that there were three videos made for “Dreams”, the second being the blue-green watery scene, and the third being Dolores running with the white horse. However, the first video has been very elusive, and virtually no one has seen it.

The first video, probably made in mid-1992, is described as very low- budget, and the band is quite young. The majority of the video simply features the band’s heads superimposed over each other on a black background — not to mention Dolores’ teeth were still in the Austin Powers stage.

Because of the limited distribution, it’s been very hard to find a copy except by special order, but The Herald hopes to have its own copy within the next few days.

Thanks to Paul for the info.

“The Complete Sessions” released in the US

March 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on “The Complete Sessions” released in the US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Nearly a year after the European and Asian release of “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions”, the double-disc set was released today in the United States, with an MSRP of $19.99. The US release is nearly identical to the European release, except for the added link of “www.islandrecords.com” to the very bottom of the back. No variation in the track listing is to be found.

The Cranberries appear on Ovation interview

March 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries appear on Ovation interview  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries recently held an interview with the specialty arts television network, Ovation. They appeared on the show “Music Express”, a half-hour show dedicated ot one artist.

The interview was recorded last summer, and as Dolores discusses the band’s European festival tour. Dolores also disucsses the troubles the band had in late 1996, when it was almost certain that the band would have broken up. Other parts of the interview revolve around one of the band’s recent European tours (uncertain whether it was 1999 or 2000). However, most interestingly, Ovation also broadcasted an extended clip of the band’s 1991 title “Uncertain”. The video for this is quite rare, and only a 30-second clip of the video is readily available.

For those that receive Ovation, but missed the interview, it will reair again in a month. The Cranberries episode of “Music Express” reairs Saturday, April 21st, 2001 at 6:00 PM EST (3:00 PM PST).

Thanks to DIver5532 at aol.com for the news tip!
If someone receives the Ovation channel and can record and trade this, please email me and let me know.

Cranberries.com relaunches

March 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com relaunches  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The official US headquarters for The Cranberries, www.cranberries.com, has relaunched with a slightly simpler look, promoting next Tuesday’s release of “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions”. There’s not a whole lot to see, but it’s worth the look anyway. The site had not been updated previously for nearly a year and a half.

However, there is a major point of interest under “Current Album”, where information about “Complete Sessions” is listed. Firstly, the “frontal” image is not the same as the cover of the import version — this image was inside. Seconly, the track list neglects “Delilah” live, one of the live tracks also featured on the import. Does this suggest that the US version is different from the import?
We will have a full report on the US release on Tuesday.

August tour for media promotion

March 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on August tour for media promotion  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We have word that the the previously-announced tour scheduled for August will not be a “world tour” as previously reported. Instead, the tour will be for promotional interviews and appearences on TV networks, for radio stations, etc…
Here’s the message we received from Rainer, the official page webmaster:

While looking through your site (and many others) we noticed that there is a misbelief that the band are doing a worldwide tour in August 2001. The band will be starting a media tour, that means just things like tv shows and press meetings. A full scale live tour has not been planned as yet, and will most likely come after the release of the new album.
We hope that this is helpful to you!
Webmaster – www.cranberries.ie

“From a Whisper” cover art, info

March 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “From a Whisper” cover art, info  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As previously reported, a new DVD title will be released on Tuesday, titled “From a Whisper to a Scream”. The documentary covers over thrity years of Irish music history, including of course, The Cranberries. We now have the self-description of the release, from its back cover:

“Ireland in the 1950’s was a gray and conservative place. Elsewhere, it was the decade that heralded the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. But as the ’50s accelerated into the ’60s, an emerging generation began to turn on to the revolutionary sounds that were changing musical expectations and values around the globe. Irish songwriters and musicians embarked on an adventure that, in time, would lead to an explosion in creativity and achievement unparalleled anywhere in the world.

“Ireland, a small country off the Western coast of Europe, has succeeded in producing some of the most popular and acclaimed music of recent decades. It has done so to an extent that is completely out of proportion to its size. From a Whisper to a Scream focuses on the extraordinary individuals behind this story. It traces the evolution of the music, from its humble beginnings in overcrowded dance halls and beat clubs to the glittering venues where it is performed today. Featuring rare archival footage, exclusive interviews and live performance clips, this electrifying film presents thrilling highlights from over 30 years of Irish popular music.”

The documentary appears to be a limited release, so if you’re eager to watch it, you may want to try some online retailers.

The Cranberries donate poster to charity

March 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries donate poster to charity  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have donated an autographed poster to the Great Daffodil Day Internet Auction to aid the Irish Cancer Society.

The poster is a lithograph of the “Bury the Hatchet” cover and back artwork. The litho is autographed by the artist, Storm Thorgerson, as well as the band. The auction is being hosted by EBid.ie. The bidding began at £5 (about $7.20 US) and is currently at £180 ($260 US). The auction ends on March 23rd.

The Irish Cancer Society, founded in 1963, is the national charity dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem and improving the lives of those living with cancer through patient care, research and education. All of the funding to the organization comes from public donations.

New world tour to kick off in August !

March 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on New world tour to kick off in August !  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have begun scheduling for the new world tour to launch later this year. The new tour, to coincide with the band’s 5th album, will kick off in August and last until the end of this year. Venues are currently being planned for Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. At the moment, the tour will most likely begin in Asia.

In other news, the yet-untitled fifth album is still on schedule for October 2001, while the first single has been confirmed for a September release. It will begin airing on radio stations in mid-August. (No title has been selected for the first single release.)

Source: Official Cranberries Homepage

New official site brings hoardes of news

March 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on New official site brings hoardes of news  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Just when you thought things were getting boring. The brand new, gorgeous Official Cranberries Site has hit the internet and with it come tons of news.

Dolores and he new baby girl Molly are in the best of health. Today Molly turns 5 weeks old. Dolores hasn’t been able to leave the house much, as she is nursing Molly herself. Noel, on the other hand, is currently in London, as his wife is carrying their second child, due in about three weeks.

And now on to the new album and tour (drumroll please!). As you know, the band finished up the first half of the album in August and September of last year. “The new stuff sounds very cool,” said Dolores. “Real music I’d say. Doesn’t all that manufactured stuff sound sooooo the same really?” Indeed it does. She went on, “Well that’s all I can think of for now except I’m totally looking forward to the next album and tour.”

The band got a chance to do some rehersals last week and write some new material, according to Fergal. The band will return to Windmill Lane Studios in April to resume recording of the fifth albu. As you will recall, Windmill Lane was the same studio where “To the Faithful Departed” was recorded five years ago. Also, the news section now states that album has been moved up to a September release!! Previously, the album was slated for October.

The new biography section is extremely well-written (yes, it rivals my own Biography here). In fact, the intro gives us much insight to the August and September sessions of Album #5 (still untitled). The new tracks have “a unique sound that has lost none of its character” from the band’s previous works. Here’s a very informative excerpt:

“One song, ‘Pretty Eyes’ slips out between the more feisty numbers, a soft lulliby ballad that blends the talents of band and producer into one soft, lucious performance. A hint of things to come.”

Anyway, that’s the new site, and it has met and exceeded my expectations. For those of you having trouble accessing the new flash site at the www.cranberries.ie, try here for a direct link. (Link no longer available)

Source: Official Cranberries Site

Odd merchandise : The Promises Teddy Bear

March 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on Odd merchandise : The Promises Teddy Bear  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

I love writing news stories about odd merchandise, and this is about the oddest thing I’ve seen from “Bury the Hatchet”. As a promotional effort for the “Promises” single in the UK, apparently Universal created a very limited production of actual teddy bears to coincide with the release. The bears themselves seem to be normal high-class collectible bears. The bears include a small white T-shirt, with the logo “The Cranberries: Promises”. If you’re looking for one of these rarities, watch your wallet. This turns out to be one of the most expensive pieces since the $50 “Bury the Hatchet” golf shirts sold on tour.

“BTH : The Complete Sessions” US release date

March 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on “BTH : The Complete Sessions” US release date  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As previously mentioned on the Official Cranberries Homepage, the double- disc set “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions” would release this month in the US.
Apparently, the release is suprisingly still on schedule.

“The Complete Sessions” was released in Europe and Japan in April 2000. The set includes all of “Bury the Hatchet”, 6 B-sides, and 7 live tracks recorded in Paris, December 9th, 1999. Unfortunately, according to listings at Amazon and Tower Records the US release will be identical to the European release. Americans can look for the limited edition in stores March 20th, 2001 with an MSRP of $19.99

“Fields of Hope” cover art

February 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Fields of Hope” cover art  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As reported earlier, “Fields of Hope”, the new benefit compilation for those starving in central Africa, has just been released in the UK. Below is the first image of the cover art, which features a painting of a person travelling across a sun-scortched land. The new compilation, which features a live version of the Cranberries’ “Dreaming My Dreams”, is available in the UK on Dara Records.

“Empire Records” to release on DVD

February 22, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Empire Records” to release on DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Empire Records”, a movie about the dying breed of independent music stores, will be released on DVD in less than two months. The movie, filmed in 1995, features the Cranberries tracks “How” and “Liar”.
“Liar” was also placed on the film’s soundtrack, being pushed as a major selling point for the CD.

The DVD release of the movie will feature several new additions, including theatrical trailers, widescreen anamorphic display, Dolby Digital 2.0, and subtitles in English, Spanish, French, and Portugese.
The disc will be cased in snap case packaging. The movie will be released on DVD on April 3rd, 2001 with an MSRP of $19.99

Source: Amazon

New official site to launch Saturday

February 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on New official site to launch Saturday  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The opening page of the Cranberries official site is a far cry from what it was just days ago. The opening page features a preview of what to expect from the newly-designed site. The new design features a curious mix of the “Bury the Hatchet” signature line-and-circle art, mixed with morphed band photos and sketches that look like they’re out of a 1950’s biology book.

Some new features are also to come. A “Press Release” section will be launched. Flash technology will also be mandatory to view the page. Lastly and most intriguing is a bright red-and-blue sun that features the word “Live” lightly enscribed into its center.

I’m now quite anxious to see the new page, so be sure to check it out when it launches this Saturday.
In the meantime, click here to see the preview, or check out the picture below. (Link no longer available)

Source: The Official International Cranberries Website

New official site delayed

February 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on New official site delayed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In an unsuprising note, the webmaster of the official international Cranberries webpage reports that the new redesign of the site has once again fallen behind schedule. The new site has been planned to hit the bandwith today. The relaunch has been pushed back innumerous times since its original planned launch late last year. The new layout will feature art by Storm Thorgerson, the “dark and sexy” artist who did most of the art for “Bury the Hatchet” and its singles.

In related news, an official mailing list is now up on the official site. Those interested can enter their email address and receive news and other updates, sent straight to their inbox.

Source: Cranberries Official International Homepage

“Fields of Hope” review

February 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Fields of Hope” review  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A review is out to promote the new benefit compilation “Fields of Hope”

VARIOUS ARTISTS “FIELDS OF HOPE” Dara 2000
65 min

Tracklisting:
Dolores Keane: Storm in My Heart – Altan: Castles in The Air – Van Morrison & The Chieftans: Irish Heartbeat – Sinead Lohan: Everything Around Me is Changing – Mary Black: Ae Fond Kiss – David Gray: Lead Me Upstairs – U2: Staring at The Sun – Sinead O’Connor: Ode To Billie Joe – Maire Brennan: Ceolfidh Mi – Christy Moore: Lovely Young One – Dsnal Lunny & Coolfin: Butlers – The Cranberries: Dreaming My Dreams – Jack L: Rooftop Lullabye – The Corrs: Runaway

Although it goes without saying that the thinking behind it was a truly admirable demonstration of how people power in a needy hour could really save lives, the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed The World)” will always bring a bad taste to many mouths. Apart from giving rise to countless other cheesy charity tunes featuring duets from ‘well intended’ faltering stars who linked arms while grinning inanely (you know who they are!), the music itself amounted to little more than second rate, lame pop. Several years on from this we have learnt the hard way that like puppies, benefit albums are not just for Christmas, but for life! Here’s where this album comes in. There are no ill-fitting duets or sing-along anthems here, but quite a few rare tracks which showcase some of Ireland’s most established songwriters and musicians with a predominantly traditional and folk vibe. Dolores Keane’s distinctive sean nss touch to an airy “Storm in My Heart” complements the low-key acoustic touches of Sinead Lohan’s “Everything Around Me is Changing”. Meanwhile U2’s live acoustic version of “Staring at The Sun” proves that they can still churn out a striking tune without the aid of their arsenal of electronic gadgetry, just as David Gray’s sauntering sonnet “Lead Me Upstairs” finds him in flying form on front of an adoring audience. Doing more than their bit to compensate for The Corr’s uninspired, albeit well delivered live rendition of “Runaway”, Sinead O’Connor offers her sparse, soulful recording of “Ode To Billie Joe” while Kildare crooner jack L does his Scott Walker thing on the wide screen “Rooftop Lullabye”. More importantly, the distressing fact that 40,000 children die every day from lack of food is a problem that really shouldn’t be forgotten until the next Christmas compilation is rolled out. Buy this record, not just because you feel you should, but because it is worth the money.

Source: Thanks to Suzy Aston

New charity compilation CD released

February 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on New charity compilation CD released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new benefit compilation has been released in Ireland to aid starvation in central Africa. Fourteen Irish artists collaborated for the project, ranging from the classic The Chieftains to the contemporary U2, and everything in between. The project is funded by the Gorta organization. The profits from the new compilation, “Fields of Hope”, go entirely to The Street Children’s Repatriation Project in Zimbabwe, one of several starvation-fighting projects funded by Gorta.

Most notably, the album features a previously unreleased live version of The Cranberries’s “Dreaming My Dreams”. The album also features live and B- side material from the most prominent of Irish bands. The band list includes:

» Sinead O’Connor
» Van Morrison
» The Chieftains
» U2
» The Cranberries
» The Corrs
» Dolores Keane
» Sinead Lohan
» Mary Black
» Maire Brennan
» Donal Lunny’s Coolfin
» Jack L.
» Christy Moore
» Altan

The album was produced in Ireland and is only available in limited quantities. Gorta is a program estabished by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture in 1965 and continues to fight hunger throughout the world, especially in Africa, Asia, and South America. Over 800 million people in the world are chronically undernourished and nearly 40,000 children die a day due to it.

Source: 1550 AM Boston

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