Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Cranberries Still Love Playing 'Zombie' but Needed New Songs for a Comeback: Cranberries Release First Album in 10 Years

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Cranberries Still Love Playing 'Zombie' but Needed New Songs for a Comeback: Cranberries Release First Album in 10 Years

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TORONTO - As much as The Cranberries still get a thrill from seeing audiences erupt to the opening chords of "Zombie," its members knew they could only resurrect the band if they had some new songs to play.

"I've sang 'Zombie' so many times that I actually feel like a zombie," joked singer Dolores O'Riordan in a recent interview to promote "Roses," the band's first studio album in more than 10 years.

"We've been doing our old hits for so long, you feel like you're stuck in a loop or something, so with new material you feel very much alive."

It took a long breather from life on the road before the band felt ready to reunite from the hiatus they declared in 2003, which ended 13 years of relentless recording and touring.

The bandmates originally hooked up as teenagers in the early 1990s and quickly grew into international rock stars. Their debut, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?", included the hit "Linger, which helped start the quick transition from playing bars and clubs and opening for the likes of Duran Duran, Radiohead and Suede to headlining arenas and stadiums.

"We just said, 'Look, let's go off and do our own thing,'" recalled O'Riordan, while sitting alongside fellow Cranberries songwriter Noel Hogan.

In the ensuing years, O'Riordan, her husband and kids found an isolated home away from the media spotlight in a remote Ontario town, north of Toronto. The picturesque surroundings and time away from her whirlwind life with the globe-trotting band helped influence two solo albums, "Are You Listening?" in 2007 and "No Baggage" in 2009.

"It's very inspiring being up north because of the beauty of nature," she said.

"The seasons are so dramatic here -- from the snow in the winter to the beauty of the autumn, the colours of the leaves falling -- so I have a piano outside my window and sometimes I start off there with ideas, just using nature as a backdrop.

"It's good for the head."

But O'Riordan and Hogan did trade song ideas back and forth over the years and decided they were ready to get back together again in 2009. They first committed to a massive reunion tour -- with 107 gigs around the world -- and trotted out all their big hits again, including "Linger," "Dreams," "Salvation," "Free to Decide" and, of course, the hard-rocking "Zombie. …

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