Interviews Part 2

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The Cranberries: Hi, this is Dolores, Frank, and Mike from the Cranberries,and Noel is sick, but he sends his best wishes. Not Frank, Fergal!

 

More_Human_Than_HUman_21: What was you inspiration for this new album?

Dolores: There were very different inspirations, because it was written over a period of a few years.

D: My pregnancy inspired the more up, happy tone of the album. I wrote the lyrics and Noel wrote most of the music.

 

Tommy_Wayne: What is the difference between being a rock star here in the U.S. compared to being one in Ireland?

Fergal: In Ireland, you can pretty much lead a normal life.

F: It's more when you're on tour that you get that type of attention.

D: Ireland is a small country, there are like 3 million. Being a pop star in

America is more of a bigger deal than in Ireland.

D: There were a lot of big stars in Ireland that are not known around the

world.

 

zombieguide: The last two albums have been quite a change from the 1st two albums. Do you think the albums that have yet to come out will be softer, or continue with this 'harder' style?

Mike: It's kinda hard to predict that sort of thing. We can't predict what mood we will be in.

M: We could be pissed off for the next album.

D: I was 17 or 18 on the first album, I was like this little school girl. I

didn't have the same self-esteem that I have now.

D: You grow up. I won't ever sing like that again. I won't go back, I won't

ever go back to that.

 

loveheartsandnicotine: Are Dolores and the lads cynical about the music biz now, after all their experiences?

D: Very

M: NO, we try to be diplomatic.

M: It's a fickle industry, you try to be as real as possible.

 

KYall_Glennie: Hi cranberries, I just love your work and you seriously are

my idols and favourite band. What song of all of the ones that you have ever written means the most to you, both Dolores and Noel?

D: thank you!

D: it's really difficult to answer that question. All of the songs are like

babies, my experiences that I've had throughout my life.

D: All the songs are very special.

D: the hits, you hear them so much, but the ones that you don't hear every day, the ones that aren't hits, there is a different feeling.

 

lop483: What u think of the pop music of ireland?

M: Pretty bad at the moment. All the stuff on the radio is poppy, cheest

stuff.

D: At the moment, something strange is happening. The music industry is

controlling everything.

D: There is a lack of good music being hard. This happens every few years,it happens in cycles.

D: We're hoping that we'll change that!

 

Wink95662: Who are your rolemodels?

D: Role models are people who I admire, like Ghandi and Mother Theresa.

D: They have done things in their lives that I could never do in mine.

D: We all like Elvis!

F: The Beatles!

 

Anythest_Pearl: What was the biggest shock after your success?

F: Success is not what you expect it to be before you are a successful band.

F: it is nice now, but it wasn't nice at first.

D: There is a lot of pressure on you when you first get big. More people get involved in your career and it gets out of control.

D: When a band gets big, it's tough. You get on this rollercoaster, and soon you must get off.

D: Then you get back on again and start over again.

 

Bk7718012: the Cranberries...why did u decide to use bruce fairbarn for ur 3rd album when stephen street brought u so much fame and success?

F: We just wanted to try something different.

F: All the songs were written on tour. We wanted to capture the live sound in the studio.

 

chinese_designchick: I as wondering how did you guys meet and join up as a band.

F: We just started the band to hang around with each other.

D: Frank and Noel's friend's friend was going out with my friend's sister.

F: That's how we met Dolores. She came to a rehearsal, and it just kind of worked out.

 

flippomiller: Your music is very distinctive. Could you name some artists

who have had influence on your style?

F: Everyone's into different kinds of music. It's a mixture of classical to

jazz to rock to old-time country.

D: As far as guitar goes, Noel has always been a big Johnny Marr fan.

D: And the 80s music too, SMiths cure, depeche mode, joy division. All those bands are really cool, that's what we grew up with, on the radio.

 

squeakytidalwave: Was there any childhood inspirations that were later used in the lyrics of your songs?

D: Obviously your childhood reflects your emotions as an adult, but there is no real direct link in any particular song.

 

manolis_varnassinger: Is it enjoying for you making your videos?

F: Ya, it's usually good fun, but lots of waiting around!

D: The best part is seeing the final results.

D: You start about six in the morning, make up, clothes..you could go to

about 2 in the morning

D: You have to have lots of patience.

D: Usually, come evening time, you relax. When we shot ode to my family, we relaxed in the bar where it was filmed. It was cool, more natural.

D: We were relaxed, so our personalities came through properly.

 

pulpmilos:What do the cranberries consider their best song and album?

F: There are too many songs to choose from; the different songs remind you of different times.

D: Yeah, we're proud of them all. Not just the hit songs!

D: It's our gift.

 

oneu2fan: Do you mind being called a "political" group?

F: We are not a political group. We are a musical group.

 

ParkerHM: What are the plans for the future of the Cranberries?

F: We're touring until June or July, then on tour again in August/September, and then we're in Europe in November.

D: For Christmas, we are playing it by ear.

F: We don't want to over work ourselves.

D: We're keeping it fun. We went through some very difficult, dark times,and we want to keep it happy.

 

amythest_pearl: Do you ever have a problem with fans?

D: Actually, I don't.

D: Obviously, you want to talk to your fans, you're interested in them, but

the only problem is when there are too many.

D: You can't meet them all. I always want to stop and talk, but it's not

feasible.

 

dustincropzz: what is an average day like while you are on the road?

F: drugs, sex...(laughter)

F: we just wake up and do the soundcheck. not much time to do much else,

besides some press stuff.

D: this tour has been nice. the last tour was erratic.

D: We set limits and boundaries so we don't get over-tired. The road can

really knacker you.

D: You come into a city in a different time zone. We need time to get our

heads together.

D: We're very fortunate that we've gotten to a point where we can enjoy

ourselves.

 

ypsilone: Why did u choose this name "Cranberries" to the band?

F: I have a head like a cranberry.

F: it just came up one day. It's not really important.

M: We were supposed to be called the Cranberry Saw Us, but that was so

ridiculous.

D: We were young, 15, 16, we're fossils now, man!

 

cranberryluvr: You have progressively gotten more and more involved in

producing your records over the years. Do you see yourselves at some point in the future producing an album completely on your own?

D: Absolutely, yeah

D: every band gets to a point, with age, where you get interested in

different things

D: I love the idea of just writing songs, whether they get anywhere or not.

D: There are so many crappy bands doing well, it's upsetting. There are so

many talented song writers. Young people should persist and write, because their day will come.

 

irisheyes_girl: How do you feel about MP3's of your new album already being all over the Internet?

F: the music is the important thing

D: Honestly, this band is so laid back that we don't go around worrying

about things that you didn't have to begin with.

D: I tape albums all the time. It's just life. You can't be too greedy. Life

is life, shit happens.

D: It's more for the industry to worry about. We're just happy to be making music and doing gigs.

D: You don't really think about the kids who get your music from the

internet. That would be sad if we cared about that.

 

achroma: What was the inspiration to write the song "Desperate Andy" what's it exactly about?

D: It's a very lighthearted number

D: It's about sometimes in life, we see people, and we depict a character

based on the visual aspect.

D: There are plenty of large, threatening looking men who under the surface are gentle people.

 

jose_luis_arroyo: Why are you doing smaller venues on this tour?

F: We just kinda want to ease ourselves back in gently. It's been awhile

since we've toured extensively.

D: There is an intimacy that we can capture in a small venue. It's beautiful

D: You miss it when you play a huge place.

D: We geel that we can get across the rawness and passion of our music in a smaller venue.

 

cranfan8: I think you guys are great! I am your biggest fan. Dolores, what

do you do with Taylor when you are touring? DO you take him with you or do you leave him with someone?

D: He comes with me and my mother looks after him.

 

Ranstar_Toronto: I know that the media has been a constant pressure since the early years, and it always seems to come up as themes in your music. How do you deal with the affects of the media on you? And how is it represented on this new album?

F: We don't really read many reviews. Most of them are irrelevant.

F: The fans are the ones who matter to us.

D: When we go home, the press come to my house and taunt me.

D: My problem is with the tabloids, who will literally take pictures of you

in your home, taking a shower, etc.

D: You want to kick their heads off. They follow you around. When I was

pregnant, at my grandmother's funeral, they came and took pictures of me.

D: I don't think that I can ever learn to deal with that. But it's a part of

what happens.

 

Bakagaijin: to all of you: How supportive were your families when you

decided to become professional musicians?

D: All of out families were very supportive

D: Especially when we got a record deal.

D: Initially, my parents wanted to make sure that it was solid.

D: the deal was, if it didn't work out, I would go to college.

 

AbercrombieNSYNC: Did you enjoy making your new CD? Was it more difficult than the last?

F: NO, it was great.

F: We really took our time.

F: We spent about four months recording, but the writing was spread out over the last two years.

F: It was really enjoyable.

 

Katiethne: Do you ever get Stage Fright?

D: no, not anymore.

D: sometimes I look at the crowd, and they are having so much fun. I forget the chorus or another art of the song.

D: sometimes you get so taken away, but the crowd helps by singing the

lyrics

D: I go to another level, baby!

 

chinese_designchick: Did you guys graduate from college? or do you plan to go back to school if you did not?

F: No, its' very rock and roll. We all joined the band instead of going to

college.

 

Anythest_Pearl: What do you consider being the best thing about being

famous?

D: sometimes you can get into clubs really easily.

M: I think the travel is the best

 

AMythest_Pearl: How do you think your music influences the youth of today?

D: Our music in non-pretentious, very honest.

D: sometimes out society, ireland or america, people are afraid to be

honest.

D: We try to show people it's ok to be honest.

F: I like to think that our music is like an escape for people.

F: instead of escaping from your problems by taking drugs, just pop in our

cd.

 

timace77: How did it feel to play a huge gig like woodstock 94? How did you become a part of it?

 

F: it was great, we were on at 12:30 during the day. very enjoyable.

The Cranberries: thanks for all your questions! We're really looking forward to all of the shows.

 

It's been a long time, we hope all of our fans are still there. We hope you

all enjoy the shows and the new album.

 

D: it's like a new beginning for us.

 

Thanks for your support, see you soon.

 

D: and if you're at the gig, feel free to do some headbanging

 

Thanks for chatting with The Cranberries tonight.

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Bury the Hatchet Promotion in Singapore

(February, 1999)

 

  1. Why "Bury The Hatchet"?

     < Dol: "Well, actually we had 2 choices, one was more mellow and y'noe,

     kinda boring, "Promises" didn't mean too much, I mean, we wrote a  song called "Promises" yah, but why do we have to name it y'noe...so "Bury

     The Hatchet", it's more aggressive but a, peaceful offering, let bygones be bygones, move on. The band has been through many ups and downs and we almost broke up, we stopped making music after the tour, didn't know where to start, took a big break and suddenly found happiness again, y'noe, so,smile."

 

     2. Adding-on (I can't tell who this is? My guess is Mike.)

     "..In Ireland, "Bury The Hatchet"..very forgettable things, starta

     fresh."

 

     3. What are your favorite songs on the album?

     Dol: " Oh I love songs with a lot of (I heard 'flatter', but it sounds

     ?), y'noe, like 'Desperate Andy", oh I love that song, "Loud and

     Clear", I like the humour and light-heartedness. Also, the more

     emotional ones like "Animal Instinct", "You And Me" , which is

     obviously about my new kinda found love, and er, 'Promises" y'noe, that

     kinda rockish theme, yah, don't really have a favourite."

 

     4. Adding-on (I think this is Fergal)

     "Same tracks for me..."Shattered", really open...I dunno, it's

     amazing."

 

     5. Dying In The Sun (I think it's Fergal again.)

     "Dolores...it's beautiful...just 2 takes, and that's it. Which is great

     becos' you can really hear the emotions."

 

     6. Copycat (I think it's Fergal again, since he's talking about Noel

     and Mike is usually solemn.)

     "Well, we put some fast acoustic thing, same 4 chords fast over and

     over, Noel had the rhythm to it, Dolores added in the keyboards, with a kinda 70s sound, groundwork that way. Then it seems like some 70s

     detective programme! It was fun for us to do that, cos we've never done that type of thing before."

 

     7. The Nobel Peace Prize performance in Oslo was your first since 3

     years! How do you feel about it?

     Dol: "Oh, it was cool going on stage. Miss this, fun. Although the

     audience could have been more...but at this kinda event...it was

     bizarre when I saw these people with those suits... (missing part) and

     makes you wanna, it's cool. I kinda 'WANT' to go back, perform again.

 

     8. You've travelled to so many parts of the world, and you still call

     Ireland home.

     Dol: "With our first and second albums, after our band took off, and we became really famous, I thought it'll be really difficult to stay

     around. To be honest, it was! Over the years, we try to creep back,

     we've spend time here and there, South, West Coast..no place like home.

     Your family members, and when you have a kid, you see that you need the kinda security, offered to you, by your family, y'noe."

 

     9. I hear lotsa of humour in this album. Is humour very important?

     Dol: "Yah! It's important, very important! Everyone should have humour in your life. If you forget to laugh...something's missing. It's

     brilliant to laugh, make a clown of yourself, brilliant so be

     ridiculous...y'noe! When you stop doing that, taking life seriously,

     what's the point, really?"

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INTERVIEW ON MuchMusic Interviewer:

This is your first time working with Bruce Fairbairn (producer of TTFD) who has a pretty solid background in pop music. I know the Cranberries is consider an alternative band but also a pop band. I was curious as to what you think of the concept of the word alternative? Fergal: Labels are used to suit record stores; pop section, jazz section, alternative. At the end of the day it's just music. Too many labels put on it; it's just handy for the record stores so you know what section to go to get your record. I don't think about it much. It's not something that bothers me. Dolores: I think pop is definitely going to be Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton and really mainstream kind of stuff. Alternative is different, not the norm. It can be a poppy beat, rocky, a dead march or something you know so to the Cranberries there are no limits with sounds and musical influence you know so I think it's kind of hard to label this band you know. Thanks to Suzy Aston for providing this interview.

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MTV INTERVIEW

(19 March, 1996)

 

          Kurt Loder: The Irish band The Cranberries will have a new album

          out at the end of April, called "To The Faithful Departed," and,

          as the title suggests, it's a tribute to persons of the deceased

          persuasion - including among it's tracks a song called "I Just Shot

          John Lennon." Material for the album was no problem, according to

          singer Dolores O'Riordan, because she and guitarist Noel Hogan

          have a substantial backlog of tunes from which to draw.

 

          Dolores O'Riordan: We wrote them over the past two years. Just

          kinda like "No Need To Argue" was written the two years between

          the first album and that. We write on the road, so that's pretty

          easy. I do the majority of the writing in my bedroom, alone, and

          then when we co-write together we do that in Sound Check. It's

          just two different ways. So that there is no, uh, there is never,

          like, a lack of inspiration, or you know, lack of, we never get

          stuck really. We actually have songs we never got to record, you

          know, that kind of thing.

 

          Kurt Loder: The Cranberries' new single, "Salvation," will be out

          in early April.

 

     (1 May, 1996)

 

          Hi, I'm Kurt Loder with MTV News. Ireland's Cranberries released

          their third album on Tuesday, a record called "To the Faithful

          Departed." The first video is called "Salvation;" and singer

          Dolores O'Riordan told us that one track, called "Free to Decide,"

          which is about the media's treatment of pop musicians, was

          actually inspired by an example in her own life, in which her

          exhaustion forced the Cranberries to cancel some shows after 14

          months on the road, and she was slammed by the hacks. Here's the

          tale.

 

          Dolores: The media started giving me a really hard time. There

          were just pictures of me kind of shopping, packing my groceries,

          on the front cover of all the magazines, all the Irish papers and

          stuff like that. And it was just kind of really bitchy on their

          behalf. And they were just saying that I was being a little pop

          star, and I was pulling the Irish shows -- not caring, obviously,

          about how I felt as I person, as one side of the media can be like

          that. It can be very insensitive and uncaring towards many types

          of artists, you know?

 

          Kurt Loder: Now touring Asia, Cranberries will be hitting the road

          here this summer.

 

     (6 May, 1996)

 

          Ireland's Cranberries again attempt weighty thoughts on their new

          album, "To The Faithful Departed," with one track, called "I Just

          Shot John Lennon," climaxing with the sound of gunfire. As for the

          rest of the album's not-so-cheery contents, singer and

          co-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan recently had these reflections.

 

          MTV: With a title like "To The Faithful Departed," you expect the

          Cranberries to be dealing with the topic of death, and they do;

          but there are also songs about love and life and "Salvation," the

          first single takes on all three in what some could see as a "just

          say no to drugs" anthem for the 90's.

 

          Dolores: It's not so much like an anti-drug song. It's kind of

          anti- the idea of becoming totally controlled by anything, any

          substance at all, because I know what's it's like. And it wasn't a

          nice experience and it didn't get me anywhere. It just confused me

          more.

 

          MTV: So you tried some of these drugs that you were talking about

          in the song.

 

          Dolores: Oh no, I didn't try heroin. I was just trying to find the

          answer in getting out of it, whether it was drinking or whatever.

          I'm not going to elaborate. But it just, basically, any substances

          don't really help. Reality is reality, and unfortunately, no how

          much you go away, you come back, and it's always here.

 

          MTV: Two of the albums' tracks were debuted last year, during  

         the Cranberries MTV "Unplugged" performance. One of them, called

         "I'm Still Remembering," was written six months after Nirvana

         frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide.

 

          Dolores: It was kind of sad how, you know, sometimes, when people

          die, you expect there to be a silence. But there wasn't a silence.

          You know what RIP means. It means "rest in peace." And I suppose

          it was kind of sad because nobody seemed to want to let it be.

          Everybody was just like, boom! It was just a big media thing, so

          it was kind of sad.

 

          MTV: Other tracks on the album deal with such sober issues as

          the war in Bosnia, and the children who are victims of war -- all of

          which seems to have affected Dolores, who we asked if she

          considered bringing children into such a world.

 

          Dolores: I think it's debatable. I love kids and I would love to

          but, it's a pretty miserable old planet, all the same. Man!

          (laughs) But I imagine having kids and it's like, there's so much

          crap going on. Right now, I couldn't deal with that pressure. So

          I'll hold off for a few years.

 

          KURT: The Julie Andrews of her generation. Now touring Asia, the

          Cranberries will be launching a US tour in late summer.

 

     (24 August, 1996)

 

          It's been a year of marriages, lawsuits, personal injuries -- and

          lots and lots of touring for Ireland's Cranberries, and it's not

          over yet. John Norris caught up with the band in Vancouver

          recently as it launched yet another North American tour.

 

          JOHN NORRIS: What is it about Dolores that so many people are

          into?

 

          FAN: Oh, I dig the accent, but she's a just great singer. Have you

          ever seen someone who can put a note together like that?

 

          NORRIS: How would you compare them live to being on record?

 

          FAN 2: They're just as good. They're so good. This was a great

          concert. It was awesome.

 

          NORRIS: So far, 1996 has been an eventful year for the

          Cranberries. It's seen the release of their third album, "To the

          Faithful Departed", a $15,000 settlement in a lawsuit against a

          British tabloid, the marriage of guitarist Noel Hogan, and now,

          after having to cancel tour dates back in June when Dolores

          O'Riordan badly injured her knee on stage in Australia, the band

          is back on the road and arrive here tonight in Vancouver.

 

          DOLORES O'RIORDAN: (Walking on stage) Hello Vancouver!

 

          JOHN NORRIS: You started up, I guess, toward the end of May

          over Asia, and then there was this mishap. Can you talk a little

          about that?

 

          NOEL HOGAN, Guitarist: Well, I guess we had a week left in

          Australia by the time Dolores' leg... She had a skiing accident

          about 2 years ago, and it just kind of came back at her and she

          twisted it in Australia.

 

          DOLORES O'RIORDAN, Vocalist: When I jumped, I do remember

          thinking, sh*t, you know, but I just was like, nah, I just went on

          with the adrenaline, but I remember when I came offstage it was

          just going up like a balloon.

 

          NORRIS: Are you reluctant at this point to move a lot on stage?

 

          O'RIORDAN: It just can be injured so easily, so... I've got the

          splint so I can just relax and have fun. It's cool.

 

          NORRIS: How do you guys determine the set list and the balance

          between new material and older stuff?

 

          O'RIORDAN: That's one of our biggest nightmares, to come up

          with a set list and keep changin' it over and over, but we, we're

         quite happy with the one we have now. (Onstage in Vancouver) Well,

         I always remember coming to the U.S. and to Canada about two and

         a half years ago. "Linger" brought us here.

 

          NORRIS: You're here in North America for a couple of months,

          and then the rest of the year? It's going to be like...

 

          FERGAL LAWLER: We have two weeks off then we go to Europe,

          tour Europe for about two and half months until Christmas time,

          and that's it. Finished. Finished touring.

 

          KURT: The Cranberries play Cleveland on Wednesday.

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