I just got an email asking if my email account was still active for a subscription for D.A.R.K.
What is D.A.R.K.? I had no idea. Turns out it’s the new band from Dolores O’Riordan, Andy Rourke and Olé Koretsky.
Delores is from The Cranberries! I love the Cranberries! Andy Rourke is best known as the bass player for The Smiths. Awesome! I love the Smiths too. Rounding out the trio is Olé Koretsky whom I’m not familiar with. Apparently he’s a songwriter, producer and NYC DJ.
Ole and Andy started a band together called Jetlag back in 2009.
At some point changed their name to D.A.R.K.; I’m assuming when Dolores joined them in 2014.
That’s my guess as to how they came up with the name.
From what I gather, Delores and Ole could be the lead vocalist.
Their first album SCIENCE AGREES releases either Aug. 19th or Sept. 9th 2016. Information seems mixed. Maybe one is digital only release? The album will be released under the label Cooking Vinyl.
The press release sites influences for their music that got my attention as I’m a fan of new wave and electronica music. Some of the bands mentioned are The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Brian Eno, and RZA.
4. Steal You Away
5. High Fashion
6. Watch Out
7. Miles Away
8. The Moon
9. Under Water
10. Loosen the Noose
Prior to it’s release, they released 3 singles….
Posted on YouTube on March 23, 2016
The guitars and keyboards kinda sound like The Cure. Not really sure what this song is about, but it seems more like a feeling, something abstract having to do with a state of mind, and being drawn to someone.
LOOSEN THE NOOSE
Posted on YouTube on April 8, 2016
It seems to be about someone trying to move on and another not able to move on, hanging on to a past relationship. One is either like a ghost or is one.
Posted on YouTube on July 27th, 2016
Definitely hear some electronica influence in the beginning especially.
It seems to be an anti-war song. “No more war.” It’s a common theme in many of Dolores’s songs.
They actually have tour dates!
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM DARKOFFICIAL.COM:
D.A.R.K. is an unlikely collaboration between Dolores O’Riordan, Andy Rourke and Olé Koretsky. Dolores, known famously as the singer of The Cranberries, has sold over 40 million albums and also worked with the likes of Angelo Badalamenti and Jah Wobble. Andy Rourke is best known as the inimitable bass player in one of the most important British bands ever, The Smiths – he has also worked with Pretenders, Ian Brown, Sinead O’Connor and Badly Drawn Boy. The third and final member is Olé Koretsky, a little known songwriter, producer and DJ based in New York.
The band’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 Andy and Olé’s original demos and, in a couple of instances, Dolores completely re-imagining some of the songs.
A project Olé was also working on called SCIENCE AGREES was also incorporated into the mix. 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 captures the essence of three distinctive personalities, incorporating their love of electronica and new wave. 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.
SCIENCE AGREES is a lyrically subtle album that touches on themes of isolation and disconnection, trauma and rebirth (‘Curvy’), drug addiction and love (‘High Fashion’, ‘Underwater’), control (‘Loosen The Noose’), death (‘Steal You Away’), loss of faith and dissatisfaction (‘Gunfight’), and the light that can be found in the creative darkness (‘Watch Out’).
D.A.R.K.’S album SCIENCE AGREES is set for on September 9th 2016 via Cooking Vinyl