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 - The Peel Sessions - UK - 12" vinyl - £45.00, $48.15, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 22-Sep-2022 17:42)on September 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm
THE CURE The Peel Sessions (1987 UK limited edition 4-track 12" vinyl EP, originally recorded & aired in December 1978, including live versions of Killing An Arab, 10.15 Saturday Night, Fire In Cairo and Boys Don't Cry, housed in the bronze metallic-finish textured sleeve. The sleeve displays only light wear and the vinyl has only very light sigbs of play, an Excellent example SFPS050)
- The Cure - The Upstairs Room EP - EX - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $16.05, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 10-Aug-2022 11:20)on September 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm
THE CURE The Upstairs Room EP (1983 UK 4-track 12" vinyl EP, also including The Dream, The Walk and Lament. The picture sleeve has a little general wear mostly to the edges, whilst the vinyl remains VG+/EX- with cosmetic 'clouding', an ideal play copy FICSX18)
- The Cure - Catch - UK - 12" vinyl - £30.00, $32.10, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jul-2022 11:19)on September 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm
THE CURE Catch (1987 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including Breathe and A Chain Of Flowers, glossy picture sleeve FICXS26)
- The Cure - In Between Days - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $21.40, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jul-2022 14:38)on September 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm
THE CURE In Between Days (1985 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including The Exploding Boy and A Few Hours After This, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has some light wear, whilst the vinyl shows few signs of play FICSX22)
- The Cure - Never Enough - UK - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $26.75, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jul-2022 14:46)on September 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm
THE CURE Never Enough (1990 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, featuring the Big Mix & also including Harold And Joe & Let's Go To Bed [Milk Mix], glossy picture sleeve FICSX35)