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 Walk - Poster Sleeve - VG - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.12, €14.16 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2022 12:45)on May 29, 2022 at 1:11 am
THE CURE The Walk (1983 UK limited edition 7" single with black & white paper labels, also including The Dream, complete with the fold-out poster picture sleeve. The poster [VG+] remains intact with some light edge scuffing & the odd crease, the vinyl is clean & grades VG+ with some minor signs of play, ideal as a collection filler FICS18
- The Cure - Why Can't I Be You - UK - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $31.50, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 06-May-2022 16:29)on May 29, 2022 at 1:11 am
THE CURE Why Can't I Be You? (1987 UK 12" vinyl single featuring the 12" Remix and A Japanese Dream, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl is superb FICSX25)
- The Cure - Interview Picture Disc Collection - UK - 7" picture disc - £35.00, $44.10, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 07-Apr-2022 11:59)on May 29, 2022 at 1:11 am
THE CURE Interview Picture Disc Collection (Scarce 1993 UK Baktabak limited edition 4 x 7" picture disc set, includes a previously unreleased interview with Robert Smith and The Cure, presented inside clear PVC wall hanger with picture/title insert BAKPAK1005)
- The Cure - Why Can't I Be You - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.90, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 12-Apr-2022 10:42)on May 29, 2022 at 1:11 am
THE CURE Why Can't I Be You (Original 1987 UK 7" single with paper labels, also including A Japanese Dream, glossy flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minor ringwear & the vinyl looks barely played FICS25)
- The Cure - Hot Hot Hot!!! - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.90, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 19-Apr-2022 16:35)on May 29, 2022 at 1:11 am
THE CURE Hot Hot Hot!!! (1988 UK 3-track 12" single featuring the Extended Remix by Francois Kevorkian and Remix, also including Hey You [Extended Remix], picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minor ringwear and the vinyl has just the odd light surface scuff FICSX28)