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 - Seventeen Seconds - Textured Sleeve - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-May-2021 16:25)on May 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm
THE CURE Seventeen Seconds (1980 UK 10-track vinyl LP including the classic A Forest, housed in a textured picture sleeve. There is a spot of foxing to the back of the sleeve and a little ringwear and generally remains excellent, while the vinylis Excellent and looks seldom played FIX004)
- The Cure - The Head On The Door - 180gm Vinyl - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £18.00, $25.38, €20.88 (New Item) (arrived 23-Apr-2021 11:27)on May 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm
THE CURE The Head On The Door (2008 UK limited edition 10-track remastered LP pressed on 180 gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Originally released in 1995, features the singles In Between Days and Close to Me. Housed in a picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve has some light edgewear and the inner has a seam split in the bottom edge, whilst the vinyl appears near mint. A great play copy)
- The Cure - Lullaby - French - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $16.92, €13.92 (Back In Stock) (arrived 16-Feb-2021 07:13)on May 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm
THE CURE Lullaby (1989 French wide centred injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also incl featuring the Remix plus Babble, textured picture sleeve. The delicate sleeve shows only minor storage wear and the vinyl has just the odd light surface scuff)
- The Cure - Japanese Whispers - Sealed - UK - picture disc LP - £34.99, $49.34, €40.59 (New Item) (arrived 24-Mar-2021 11:37)on May 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm
THE CURE Japanese Whispers (2021 UK/EU limited edition online exclusive Picture Disc LP - a compilation of Cure singles and B-sides released between November 1982 and November 1983. Originally released on black vinyl in 1983, and now available for the first time as a picture disc album. Housed inside a die-cut display picture sleeve, factory sealed. Recommended)
- The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $49.35, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 15-Apr-2021 09:07)on May 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm
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 individual lyric inners. The sleeve shows only light edgewear and the vinyl remains in barely played condition FIXH13)