Sunday, April 19, 2015

Robert covers The Twilight Sad

Robert is covering The Twilight Sad's 'There's a Girl in the Corner'. Why? When? How? More details soon.
(Thanks Randy and Scott)

Update (04/19/15): Pre-ordering is now open at the band's website. Release is now set for June 14th.

Update (04/07/15): Confirmed at XFM -  "The Twilight Sad have confirmed details for their next single, with It Never Was The Same set for a 15 June release on FatCat Records.

In exciting news for fans of the Scottish group, the double A-side 7" will also see Robert Smith cover one of the band's other songs from their album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave.

The Cure frontman will perform his own version of There's A Girl In The Corner. A 30-second preview of Smith's suitably atmospheric cover can be found here .

Pre-orders for the limited edition 7" will open on 13 April at the band's own website. 

The band's UK and Ireland tour continues for the next few weeks, before a raft of festival dates for the summer."
(Thanks @SleazyMartinez)

Also confirmed on The Twilight Sad's website and Facebook.

Articles about this: NME / Uncut / Sopitas / Muzikalia / Sound of Violence / Live4Ever / DIY

From @thetwilightsad (March 15th, 2015) : "We're 1hr into our all night drive to Austin from Phoenix. I'm currently listening to the most amazing thing that's happened to our band. We can't believe it's actually happened and can't wait to tell you about it. When I say it's the biggest thing that's happened for our band it's a an understatement."

From The Scotsman (Oct. 18th, 2014): "From Shoegaze to a kind of motoric New Wave to the similarity of recent comeback track There’s a Girl in the Corner to The Cure, they combine an often overwhelming emotional onslaught with strident accessibility.

“That’ll do us,” says Graham upon hearing The Cure comparison, speaking on behalf of his absent bandmates Andy MacFarlane (guitar) and Mark Devine (drums). “They’re brilliant, they’re one of the bands each of us has always looked up to. Stuart Braithwaite [guitarist with Glasgow’s Mogwai, friends of and de facto mentors to The Twilight Sad] once told me he gave Robert Smith some of our music, and Robert told him ‘I’ve heard them already’. Graham has sent the new album to Smith, and received a three-word response: “It is beautiful.”

From DIY (Oct. 27th, 2014): “Robert Smith said he was fan – that’s fucking ace. And I wouldn’t swap all we’ve achieved and all we’ve been through for anything else.”

And here's The Twilight Sad covering 'Inbetween Days' in Aug. 2011. (Thanks @TornUpPraise)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cure in The New Yorker

From The New Yorker (Thanks Perfect.Murder):

Frank Ocean, the Cure, and Boys Who Do Cry
By Anwen Crawford

Last week, the L.A.-based rapper and songwriter Frank Ocean announced online a new project called “Boys Don’t Cry.” It could be a magazine, or an album, or possibly both. If the title sounds familiar, that might be because it’s the name of a song and a compilation album by the Cure. “Boys Don’t Cry” is also the name of a 1999 film, starring Hilary Swank, about a young transgender man. The film is named after the Cure’s song, and features a version of it. The Cure, not so much a band as a sensibility, seem inconspicuous until you start looking for them, when they become ubiquitous.

Next year, the Cure will turn forty years old. They have released thirteen studio albums and may yet release another; though the quality of their work has dimmed in recent years, their legacy is intact. The Cure has outlived post-punk, new wave, goth, grunge, rave, and many genres in between. They are their own genre: melodic, melancholic, and just a little bit whimsical. They have never been cool, not even as the youthful trio who released a seven-inch single, their second, called “Boys Don’t Cry,” in 1979. Right from the start, the British music press treated the Cure as something of an embarrassment—they were not as political as the Clash, too nice to be the Jam, and their moody despondency did not have the same touch of authentic despair as Joy Division, whose lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide in 1980. Despite critical mockery, the Cure has been commercially successful and intensely adored. The devotion they attract has made them easy to dismiss as the quintessential band of adolescent woe, Pied Pipers for the world’s ever-replenishing supply of tearful suburban teen-agers. I want to say that their best songs are their most heartfelt ones, but their worst songs are that, too, while some of their most perfect songs—like “Boys Don’t Cry,” or “The Love Cats,” or “Friday I’m In Love”—are absolutely throwaway.

The band’s founding member, Robert Smith, is instantly recognizable: black eyeliner, a smudge of bright red lipstick, a nest of wildly backcombed black hair. He is almost cartoonish in appearance, and once made a cameo appearance on “South Park.” Heavy makeup and teased hair were not unusual style choices for a male pop star in the nineteen-eighties, but Smith never deviated from his look, not even as the eighties rolled into the nineties, nor when the nineties gave way to the new millennium. As a young man, he was pretty but not properly androgynous like his contemporary Boy George was; you would be hard pressed to call Smith sexy. With their songs about primary emotions like love and sadness, the Cure are in many ways a boy band. They are very easy to become infatuated with, but they are safe, and safety is a great part of their appeal. Even at their most funereal—and they once wrote a song called “The Funeral Party”—the Cure make comfort music. Compared with the volatility of punk, or the bombast of Meatloaf and Led Zeppelin, who both placed high on the charts in 1979, the Cure were subdued—they took the heat out of playing guitar. “Boys Don’t Cry” arrived in the wake of punk, but it wasn’t about anger; it was about love. It’s a simple song about a broken heart, and it sounds like a summer’s day—a summer’s day that threatens to dissolve into rain.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kiss it all goodbye!

Reminder: It's never too let to get up and GO! :)

Nice to see this just pop up out of the blue on Twitter. Thanks, Amazon Music.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Video for Love Amongst Ruin's 'Lose Your Way'

Video just released for 'Lose Your Way' from Love Amongst Ruin, Perry's new band. Perry's on bass. (via Team Rock)

Monday, April 13, 2015

5 Cure songs in SUE's Top 100 Songs of 1981

The Cure placed 5 songs in the Slicing Up Eyeballs Top 100 Songs of 1981 poll. 'Primary' is #7, 'Charlotte Sometimes' is #17, 'All Cats Are Grey' is #50, 'Faith' is #67, 'Funeral Party' is #94.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Perry joins Love Amongst Ruin

Original story (09/27/12): Perry Bamonte is back! He's been announced as the new bass player for Love Amongst Ruins. Welcome back, Perry! We've missed you! Can't wait to see you playing live again. (Thanks Adam)

Update (04/09/15):  Listen to their first track, 'Swan Killer', which is Q's Song of the Day:

Name: Love Amongst Ruin
Track name: Swan Killer
Hometown: London
Who? The group fronted by former Placebo man and sometime drummer for The Boo Radleys, Steve Hewitt.
Why now? This the first track to emerge from forthcoming album Lose Your Way (out 1 June) and features The Cure’s Perry Bamonte on bass.
Hear more:
(Thanks @DaniHe82)

And here's a teaser of Lose Your Way (Thanks Daryl Bamonte)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ben Gibbard talks about 'Disintegration'

Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service) talking to Buzzfeed:

"One of my favorite records ever was The Cure’s Disintegration, and I listened to it last week like it was a brand-new record. I first fell in love with that record when I was 14, and it just immediately transported me to, like, being 14 and all the things I was going through when I was listening to this record: where I was in my life, what my room looked like when we lived in Virginia, all this stuff. So I don’t know what these songs are about in Robert Smith’s life and frankly I don’t really care, because I have my own visual images that’ll always be connected to that record. So I think that’s what it is with people that sing along with our songs too. Not because we’re so special that people would do that, that’s just how it works with music."
(Thanks @colsonslife)

And Ben tells American Songwriter that Robert is one of his favorite songwriters:

"Robert Smith is a writer who made me want to write songs. Listening to The Cure at 13-14 years old, as an open-hearted, emotional teenager resonated with me in a really profound way. I was walking down to my studio today and put on Disintegration. I’ve been listening to Disintegration for 25 years, maybe even more than that, and I still put it on and get taken with it. The lyrics are heavy and very dark and emotional. It’s very much of him, and nobody can do that kind of lyric writing the way he can. So I love Robert Smith."

And more love for 'Disintegration' in this new review from XS Noize. (Thanks to Marina from TheCure Comunidad Argentina)

Update (04/08/15): Ben just keeps on praising The Cure.  This from Esquire:

"From the time I started listening to my own music—there's that period when you're an adolescent and early teen and you start to discover music on you own, whether it's from the radio or MTV—I immediately had this connection with the Cure. I know that's the same for Nick [Harmer] and Jason [McGerr], and I don't know if I can speak for Chris anymore, but I'll say Chris as well. Disintegration was the record that came out when I was 12 or 13, and as a young, very emotional preteen—my dad was in the Navy and we moved a lot—that record and songs like 'Pictures of You,' they really struck a chord with me. I just felt so connected to that music from such an early age. They're a band that as you grow older you might be embarrassed to admit you liked at one point or you have to say you liked them with a kind of smirk, as if certain bands are stepping stones to other bands. But that has value. I'm sure we're that band for some people. But for me the Cure are a band that I still listen to very often and there are still things in their music I have yet to discover. I'm still learning whenever I listen to them. They're still a huge influence on me."
(Thanks John P.)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Billy Corgan remembers his 1st Robert meeting

Original story (04/10/12): From KROQ: "Another moment from the past that Corgan remembers in great detail is when he first met Robert Smith backstage at a Cure concert in Tinley Park. “Robert tried to make out with me that night. And that’s not a joke,” Corgan said. “It was the first time I ever met Robert Smith and he tried to make out with me. I said I only like girls and he said, ‘That’s okay, I’m a girl’ and then he threw up practically all over my shoes. That’s a true story.” “So many stories. So little time,” the singer joked." (Thanks @HaloCure13)

Is this CoF or TMZ? : P Would really like to hear Robert's version of this story.

Update (04/07/15): And Billy is telling this story again. This time on That Metal Show, and Alternative Nation has the details:

"Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his weird meeting with The Cure frontman Robert Smith in a new episode of That Metal Show.

“The first time I met Robert Smith of The Cure, he was inebriated. He asked me to kiss him, and I said, ‘I don’t want to kiss you.’ He said, ‘Why not?’ I said, ‘Because you’re a man.’ He said, ‘That’s alright, I’m not a man.’ Then he threw up on my shoes."
(Thanks to Marina from TheCure Comunidad Argentina)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Robert Interview from 2004

An old interview with Robert from 2004 (around the time of the Rock Walk induction ceremony at Guitar Center in Hollywood.), which has recently been uploaded. (Thanks @biva77)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New version of 'Please' out March 30th

Update (03/31/15): You can stream the album at The Line of Best Fit.

Update (03/10/15):  Listen to the new version of 'Please' on the BBC Pete Tong show here. It starts at 2:07:30.(Thanks James and HolyItsaRaccoon)

"Premonition and Pitchfork have announced that Paul Hartnoll's new album, "8:58", to be released on March 30th, will feature Robert Smith. That album will include a reworking of the song "Please" that had already been released in 2007. It will also include a studio version of the cover version of A Forest by The Unthanks that you mentioned on CoF on Dec 20, 2013. Full track list here:" (Thanks Olivier)

From the Biography section on the '8:58' website:

"Elsewhere there are intriguing, twilit collaborations with Northumbrian folk clan The Unthanks, sepulchral singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, folk singer Lisa Knapp, and Robert Smith of The Cure — the latter on a newly-rediscovered and superior version of Paul’s 2007 single ‘Please’.

“There are plenty of beats,” he adds, “But I wanted to exercise my more compositional side too, and bring in a witchy, ‘Wicker Man’ aspect.”

Key to the latter — and echoing Paul’s collaboration with Robert Smith — is The Unthanks’ astonishing ensemble performance on a cover of ‘A Forest’, one of Paul’s all-time favourite songs from the early days of The Cure. He’d always wanted to work with The Unthanks. “When listening to their song ‘I Wish’, was struck with the idea that ‘A Forest’ would suit The Unthanks’ unnerving pastoral-gothic voices if slowed down.” Paul thought of funeral marches and Kraftwerk’s ‘Looking Glass’, and techno’s hidden pagan undertow. After all, why do both ravers and Morrismen wave sticks in the air and dance in the summertime...?

After building the track he traveled up to record their voices among the unique acoustics of The Unthanks’ “folk barn” near Newcastle, just before Christmas 2013. “Big stone house in the middle of nowhere, pot of tea with a proper tea cosy, lovely warm welcome... it was everything I could have wished for,” he remembers. “They sat on the floor and sang the song for me in really low voices — I was nearly in tears. And the studio was like a Victorian museum of musical curiosities with weird instruments on display and bunting everywhere. I loved every moment of it.” (Thanks Barry)

Robert's jukebox mix CD at Das Gift

Some more info about it here and here.

Ryan Adams unleashes some "Cure vibes"

Ryan Adams talking about one of the b-sides on his new single 'Blue Light':

"I Lost My Mind is me on everything I think- a riff from a batch of good ones… the basic guitar part had been a riff for a long time that I was carving out on my Stratocaster, the old one, every time I picked up the guitar and I just decided to unleash some Cure vibes in the studio one night… Well it turns out CREED ain’t the only band me and Charlie have in common from back in the day… we also have The Cure ( esp Disintegration )… Guess that was both out real high school shit I (among other actual record store snob respected bands… dont get me started people )" (Thanks Brad)

'A Forest' and The Cure's quirky humor

An article at Spiegel Online about 'A Forest' and The Cure's quirky humor. (Thanks @godwinafaith)

Jason with JJ Burnel in 1988

Posted at (Thanks @guillaume_g_z)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Roger with Hannah in the Wars

Hannah in the Wars debut album out April 17th, 2015 in New Zealand, and May 25th in the UK on Roger's 99X/10 Records.

Update (03/19/15): Article at Jammer Zine about Roger's work with them, plus album previews. And another article at Planet of Sound.

Update (03/21/15): Roger will be a special guest at their May 16th show at Sebright Arms in London. Get tickets here. Facebook event page here.

Update (03/27/15):

Monday, March 23, 2015

Vince Clarke: "We wanted to be The Cure"

I don't think I ever posted this. Electronic Sound interview with Vince Clarke from Dec. 2013. (Thanks @bratmix)

There's no other Cure mention besides that brief one at the beginning, it's just nice to hear Vince say that. Also, a very good interview if you like Vince/Depeche Mode.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Interview & live clips from the Dream Tour

Interview with Robert, and performances of 'Fascination Street' & 'Want', from the Dream Tour stop at Livid Festival in Brisbane on Oct. 21st, 2000.

"It's become pretty common knowledge, really, that this is the last big tour we'll ever do."

Hahahahahahaha! Yeah, we had heard that one a few times before, Robert. :)

(Thanks to Marina from TheCure Comunidad Argentina)

Pearl's art exhibit extended 4 more days

Pearl's exhibit has been extended. Will now close on March 23rd, not the 19th.

Update (03/20/15):
From MrMusichead Gallery on Facebook - "So many people have asked us if we're having a closing reception for the Pearl Thompson exhibit "Through the Eyes of Birds". We had to! ANNOUNCING Closing Reception this Saturday, March 21st from 12-2 pm with treats from @donutfriend inspired by the exhibit of ‪#‎original‬ ‪#‎paintings‬. Don't miss your chance to see this beautiful show in person!"

Note: Pearl will not be at the closing reception.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cure Tribute in The Netherlands March 20th