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 Love Cats - Inj - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 03-Aug-2020 10:31)on August 5, 2020 at 6:26 am
THE CURE The Love Cats (1983 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Speak My Language, thin card picture sleeve. The sleeve shows very little wear and, aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition FICS19)
- The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jul-2020 16:00)on August 5, 2020 at 6:26 am
THE CURE Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987 UK 18-track double vinyl LP, including Just Like Heaven, Catch, Hot Hot Hot and Why Can't I Be You. single-pocket picture sleeve with lyric inners. The sleeve has some light edge/ring wear scuffs, the vinylshows light signs of play - a great play copy offered at an advantageous price FIXH13)
- The Cure - Pictures Of You - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2020 13:32)on August 5, 2020 at 6:26 am
THE CURE Pictures Of You (1990 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including live versions of Last Dance and Fascination Street recorded at Wembley in July 1989. The sleeve shows some minimal wear from storage, but the vinyl itself displays little evidence of play and remains in superb condition FICXA34)
- The Cure - Entreat - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $43.75, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2020 12:20)on August 5, 2020 at 6:26 am
THE CURE Entreat (1990 UK 8-track vinyl LP recorded live at Wembley Arena in July 1989, glossy hype-stickered picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minor corner creasing, but asiide from one or two hairline paper scuffs the vinyl shows little evidence of play and remains in superb condition FIXH17)
- The Cure - Concert - The Cure Live - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $43.75, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2020 12:15)on August 5, 2020 at 6:26 am
THE CURE Concert - The Cure Live (1984 UK 10-track vinyl LP, featuring live recordings from concerts in Oxford and London in May 1984 including Charlotte Sometimes, The Walk, A Forest and 10:15 Saturday Night. The glossy picture sleeve has minimal wear and, aside from a few cosmetic scuffs, the vinyl shows little evidence of play FIXH10)