Release Date: Sep 9, 2016
Record label: Cooking Vinyl
At first glance it might seem unfair that the Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke’s initials are at the center of D.A.R.K.: Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries is only alluded to with the D from her first name and the K represents the last name of Olé Koretsky, a DJ, producer, and singer who had been working with Rourke under the moniker of JETLAG since 2009. Thankfully, D.A.R.K. does not present themselves as a supergroup and the songs on their debut hardly rest on their members’ laurels.
A band of intriguing pedigree, D.A.R.K. is the synth pop trio of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, and multi-instrumentalist/DJ Olé Koretsky. The group evolved out of Jetlag, a duo formed in the late aughts by Rourke and Koretsky, both residents of New York City. They were looking to enhance their sound and got word that O'Riordan was looking for an interesting side project.
The Smiths’ bassist Andy Rourke might be better known for royalty disputes with his former bandmates than a post break-up career, but with DARK, he has clearly left his past behind. The debut album from his collaboration with Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan and New York songwriter Olé Koretsky is an excited, synth-based tour through a salvage yard of the 80s, omitting the Manc miserablists section. It’s experimental in a kitchen sink (including Chris Isaak) way rather than studied and arty à la Everything Everything.