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 Hanging Garden - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $41.10, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 18-Sep-2021 10:41)on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
THE CURE The Hanging Garden (1982 UK limited edition 4-track 7" doublepack, also including One Hundred Years plus live versions of A Forest & Killing An Arab, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minor ringwear scuffing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition FICG15)
- The Cure - The Peel Sessions - UK - 12" vinyl - £45.00, $61.65, €52.20 (New Item) (arrived 14-Sep-2021 09:35)on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
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 SFPS050)
- The Cure - Close To Me - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $27.40, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 06-Sep-2021 14:13)on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
THE CURE Close To Me (1985 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single featuring the Extended Version plus A Man Inside My Mouth and Stop Dead, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has a little ringwear with the original price sticker and the vinyl has a few light surface scuffs, but remains in excellent condition FICSX23)
- The Cure - Greatest Hits - 180gm Vinyl - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $34.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 03-Sep-2021 15:47)on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
THE CURE Greatest Hits (2017 UK/EU limited edition 18-track double LP pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, previously released only on CD in 2001. This fantastic compilation includes Boys Don't Cry, A Forest, Let's Go To Bed, The Lovecats, Friday I'm In Love and much more. The gatefold picture sleeve shows a little corner creasing and the illustrated credits inner have a couple of minor seam splits however, the two vinyl discs remain in fantastic condition with minimal play)
- The Cure - The Walk - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.99, $17.80, €15.07 (New Item) (arrived 01-Sep-2021 12:26)on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
THE CURE The Walk (Original 1983 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including The Dream, picture sleeve. The sleeve has some notable edge scuffing and ringwear, whilst the vinyl appears barely played FICS18)