Dolores O'Riordan goes D.A.R.K. for new collaboration

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Dolores O'Riordan goes D.A.R.K. for new collaboration

Dolores O'Riordan leaving Ennis Courthouse Picture: Press 22

A collaboration between Dolores O'Riordan, The Smiths' bass player Andy O'Rourke and New York DJ and producer Olé Koretsky will see The Cranberries star make a return to a Limerick stage in May.

D.A.R.K.is the result of a collaboration between the trio, which will result in an album, Science Agrees, released on the Cooking Vinyl label on May 27, with the band to play shows in Dolan's Warehouse on Friday, May 13 and Dublin's Whelan's on May 16, it has been announced this Wednesday. 

Tickets for the Dolan's show will go on sale this Thursday morning.

According to the press material, D.A.R.K.'s roots lie in a New York DJ-mixing collaboration formed between Andy and Olé, after they met gigging in Washington DC.

After a couple of years’ experimentation and laying down tracks in their home studios, a chance meeting between Andy and Dolores resulted in the singer asking him what he was working on. They began sharing tracks and ideas via email and dropbox, building on the original demos and, in a couple of instances, Dolores completely re-imagining some of the songs.

The three of them found lots in common musically as well as personally, which allowed them to develop these ideas into an album. 

Further writing ensued, followed by the three band members meeting up in Ontario, Canada to record live instrumentation and final vocal takes. All three of them arranged and produced the album: a concoction created in NYC and Ontario, mixed in California and mastered in London.

The resulting album has, it is claimed, captured “the essence of three distinctive personalities, incorporating their love of electronica and new wave”.

The first single to be released from the album is available to be listened to online.

Limerick star O'Riordan has had a turbulent time of late, paying a €6,000 fine after an alleged incident of air rage on a flight from New York to Shannon. The case was struck out after the fine was paid.

She is due to return to the stage with her Cranberries' bandmates this summer, playing a number of European festivals.

Speaking as she left the court in February, Ms O'Riordan said: "I don’t really have much to say, just that I’m glad it’s over.

"I want to thank the doctors that helped me to get back to my health mentally. I’m very good today, very positive about this coming year.

“I have a couple of albums coming out and I’m going to go back to work," she added.