The Limerick-based rockers, who shot to international stardom with hits like “Zombie” and “Linger,” are unhappy with the amount of support they have received from the label in recent years. Front woman Dolores pointed out that they originally signed to Island Records (former home of acts like U2), but subsequent corporate mergers and acquisitions have landed them at MCA.
“Since we were signed in 1991 by Island Records, we have gradually seen our label dissolve from a pioneering independent spirited label into a corporate monolith,” she said. “[It has] completely lost touch with the group’s creative vision.”
The band’s last two albums, “Bury the Hatchet” (2000) and “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” (2001) sold a combined 3.2 million copies worldwide without much promotional muscle behind them.
“We have had great fan support throughout the world for many years,” said guitarist Noel Hogan.
“The band is excited about the prospect of a new beginning , starting fresh, and looking forward to another 10 years in the music business,” he said. “We expect to have a new album released by the end of 2003.”
There’s no word yet on possible deals with other labels, but we hear that the band might hit the states for a concert tour to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Stay tuned.