The Cranberries have just released their newest tune, the title-track and closer of their final record, In The End.
Back in January of 2018, the music world was shocked to learn of the death of The Cranberries’ vocalist, Dolores O’Riordan.
Although fans undoubtedly believed that this would spell the end of the iconic Irish group, O’Riordan’s bandmates revealed that they had enough of her vocals on hand to organise the release of one final album.
While In The End is scheduled for release in just over a week, guitarist Noel Hogan explained back in October that the band would be calling it quits after this final album.
“The Cranberries is the four of us, you know?” he explained. “Without Dolores, I don’t see the point of doing this, and neither do the boys.”
Over the last few months, The Cranberries have been delivering a few sneak previews of their final album, but today, they’ve unveiled the record’s title track, which helps to close out the record, and formally shut the book on the band forever.
“What a way to finish the record. To have ‘In The End’ as the last song is just perfect,” drummer Feral Lawler explained in a statement.
“Lyrically it is self-explanatory,” added Noel Hogan. “It speaks for itself, it just is a lovely feeling and it’s a gorgeous song.”
“Dolores was so energised by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live,” Hogan continued. “I remember talking to her that summer and she said ‘I’m starting all over here’ and a lot of the songs discuss that.”
Teaming up with longtime producer Stephen Street for In The End, Noel Hogan explained to Rolling Stone that this new record would be The Cranberries’ swan song, with no plans in the slightest to tour or record again in its aftermath.
“People have said a lot of dumb things to me the last year, you know?” Hogan explained. “It’s come up as well, ‘Well, find another singer.’ I don’t think people who say that fully get it.”
“Maybe they think they’re being nice or something. It’s not something we’re ever going to entertain. I think the band accomplished a lot, and I think we’ll leave it on a high with this album.”