Robert Smith reports that the deaths of his mother, father and brother have shaped the sound on The Cure’s highly anticipated new album.
Last year, The Cure revealed they were planning their first album since 2008’s 4:13 Dream.
They’ve spend much of the time since then on tour and recently delivered an epic set as Glastonbury headliners and celebrated a triumphant return to Scotland earlier this month – the first time they’ve played in the country for 27 years.
Now, vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith has spoken with NME and revealed that personal loss has shaped the sound of the record – and he’s also revealed the working title.
He says: “It’s very much on the darker side of the spectrum. I lost my mother and my father and my brother recently, and obviously it had an effect on me.
“It’s not relentlessly doom and gloom. It has soundscapes on it, like Disintegration. I was trying to create a big palette – a big wash of sound.”
He adds: “The working title was Live From the Moon, because I was enthralled by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing in the summer.
“We had a big moon hanging in the studio and lunar-related stuff lying around. I’ve always been a stargazer.”
The Cure are hoping to complete work on the album later this year.
The band will also release The Cure 40 Live: Curætion 25 + Anniversary on October 18.
Curætion 25: From There To Here / From Here To There was filmed on the final night of the 25th Meltdown festival in 2018 that was curated by Smith – a performance which saw The Cure play a track from each of their studio albums along with new, previously unreleased songs.
Anniversary: 1978-2018 was captured at their British Summer Time show at London’s Hyde Park in 2018 in celebration of The Cure’s 40th anniversary.
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- The Cure - Wish - 30th Anniversary Remastered Edition - 180 Gram - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £39.99, $49.19, €44.79 (New Item) (arrived 02-Feb-2023 13:56)on February 3, 2023 at 10:55 am
THE CURE Wish (30th Anniversary Edition 2022 UK/EU limited edition 12-track double album 2-LP, remastered by Robert Smith and pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. Features the killer single Friday I'm In Love, plus High and A LetterTo Elise. Housed inside a wide-spine picture sleeve with printed inners with genuine hype sticker. There is a some creases under the shrink to the top left corner although this copy otherwise remains sealed and unplayed. Recommended)
- The Cure - Faith + Inner - Gold Star - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $61.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jan-2023 11:17)on February 3, 2023 at 10:55 am
THE CURE Faith (Rare 1981 UK 8-track LP with picture labels which has black text on side A and white text on Side B. The third studio album from the iconic goth pioneers, featuring the single Primary, housed in a picture sleeve which has a gold star next to the single title on the reverse, also includes the original album credit inner. The sleeve displays some minor wear mostly to the edges, whilst the vinyl is nice & clean, and remains in an Excellent condition with only few very light signs of play. A very respectable copy, well over thirty-five years on! FIX6)
- The Cure - The Upstairs Room EP - VG/EX - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.45, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2022 12:49)on February 3, 2023 at 10:55 am
THE CURE The Upstairs Room (1983 UK 4-track 12" EP, also including The Dream, The Walk & Lament. The picture sleeve is Very Good with some paper marks from storage over time yet the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with few signs of play FICSX18)
- The Cure - Lullaby - Sticker Sealed - UK - 7" vinyl - £45.00, $55.35, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 03-Dec-2022 15:31)on February 3, 2023 at 10:55 am
THE CURE Lullaby (1989 UK limited edition 7" vinyl single, also including Babble. The gatefold picture sleeve displays some light wear mostly to the edges, however, the vinyl remains unplayed as this example has an intact an unbroken individually numbered sticker seal! FICSG29)
- The Cure - Just Like Heaven - UK - 7" picture disc - £95.00, $116.85, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 03-Dec-2022 15:38)on February 3, 2023 at 10:55 am
THE CURE Just Like Heaven (1987 UK Fiction label limited edition 7" PICTURE DISC single, also including Snow In Summer, housed in a printed PVC sleeve FICSP27)