The Cranberries share ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’, the latest track taken from the band’s eighth and final album In The End.
As with all the songs on the album, their new single had been recorded as a demo by vocalist Dolores O’Riordan before her sad and unexpected passing on January 15 2018.
While many bands may aspire to be timeless, or have a sound that transcends the whims of musical fashion, The Cranberries are one of the few to have achieved that. Play one of the Irish rock group’s early anthems such as ‘Linger’ or ‘Dreams’, and they sound as fresh – and deliver as much of an emotional sucker-punch – as when they captured a generation’s hearts in the 1990s.
Listen to ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’ by The Cranberries on the Shoot Music New Releases Playlist on Spotify.
“This was a song Dolores had been working on for a while” co-songwriter and guitarist Noel Hogan explains. “It’s a fun song to play and it’s bright and quite uplifting. It’s very much a classic Dolores song with a soft verse and a massive chorus.”
Working with Stephen Street, who had produced four of their previous albums, the band built the sounds around Dolores’ vocals to create a classic Cranberries song. “It’s hard to explain what turns a Dolores tune into a Cranberries tune. It’s just the magic when we play together and understand each other so well. It’s always been the same” adds drummer Fergal Lawler.
The genesis of In The End began in May 2017 while the band were on tour. By winter of 2017 Noel and Dolores had written and demoed the eleven songs which would eventually appear on the album. “Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live” recalls Noel.