Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Suffers Back Injury

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We’ve got good news and bad news for fans of Irish rock band The Cranberries who have missed the distinctive dulcet tones of singer Dolores O’Riordan. The good: she has a new collaboration called D.A.R.K. with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and New York DJ Olé Koretsky. (Listen to two new songs below.)

Rourke and Koretsky formed an electronica and new wave production team in the Big Apple called Jetlag, and a chance meeting with O’Riordan led to them swapping tracks and eventually forming a trio. The new project features creative takes on punk, disco and hip-hop, taking cues from bands like The Cure, REM, Depeche Mode, and New Order, with a hint of David Bowie thrown in for good measure. The newly formed band will release their debut album this summer, a collection of 10 tunes entitled Science Agrees now expected October 14. (Pre-order is available here.).

Now, the bad news… According to a post on D.A.R.K.’s Facebook page, O’Riordan, who turned 45 on September 6, “has suffered a acute back injury. An MRI scan confirmed she has a bulging disc which causes extreme pain. We had hoped that with treatment and rest she would be recovered for [their] tour. Sadly this is not the case and the doctors have now advised full rest for at least the next month to ensure that her condition does not become more serious.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience that this causes, it’s simply impossible to go ahead with the tour.”

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And here’s “Gunfight,” featuring O’Riordan’s distinctive voice…

The Cranberries enjoyed numerous Top 10 singles in Ireland and worldwide throughout the 1990s. O’Riordan’s injury also caused The Cranberries to postpone dates they were to do in late August in Cancun, Mexico. The band has rescheduled those until February 2017.

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