Dolores O'Riordan returns to music as she forms an 'unlikely collaboration' with The Smiths bassist and New York DJ
Dolores O'Riordan is set to return to the music scene with new band D.A.R.K.
D.A.R.K. is an unlikely collaboration between Dolores O’Riordan, Andy Rourke and Olé Koretsky.
The band’s roots lie in a New York DJ-mixing collaboration formed between Andy and Olé, after they met gigging in Washington DC, and incorporates their love of electronica and new wave.
Andy Rourke - best known as the inimitable bass player in The Smiths - has also worked with Pretenders, Ian Brown, Sinead O’Connor and Badly Drawn Boy.
Olé Koretsky, is a little known songwriter, producer and DJ based in New York.
After a couple of years’ experimentation and laying down tracks in their home studios, a chance meeting between Andy and the former The Cranberries singer, Dolores, resulted in the singer asking him what he was working on.
They began sharing tracks and ideas via email and dropbox, building on Andy and Olé’s original demos and, in a couple of instances, Dolores completely re-imagining some of the songs.
An array of influences can be heard throughout the album, in particular artists including Angelo Badalamenti (The Moon), The Cure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie – Andy and Olé connected over their love of Low – Magazine (High Fashion), New Order (‘Curvy’), Pet Shop Boys and REM, with production and sonic experimentation inspired by Brian Eno, post-punk, post-disco, RZA and modern hip hop.
D.A.R.K. play their first headline gig in Whelan's on May 16. Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster on Wednesday for €23, including booking fee.