Thursday, September 3, 2015

Love Amongst Ruin European Tour

Love Amongst Ruin, with Perry Bamonte on bass, have announced a European tour for Nov. & Dec.

"We are very pleased to announce the first dates of the Lose Your Way tour! (Ticket links available soon)

24/11/15 - The Borderline, London, UK
26/11/15 - Rock Cafe, St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
27/11/15 - Kulturfabrik, Krefeld, Germany
29/11/15 - DAS BETT, Frankfurt, Germany
30/11/15 - Backstage München - Werk, Halle, Club, Werkstatt/Studio, Munich, Germany
02/12/15 - Chanel Zero, Ljubljana, Slovenia
03/12/15 - Vintage BAR, Zagreb, Croatia
04/12/15 - Lo Fi Club, Milan, Italy
07/12/15 - Privat Club, Berlin, Germany
09/12/15 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11/12/15 - BETA, Copenhagen, Denmark
13/12/15 - Underground Colognel, Germany

Spread the word and we’ll see you at the shows…"

Also, Happy Birthday, Perry! And best of luck with the tour! Come see us in the US sometime soon. :)

Zia McCabe and Robert in 2002

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Robert Interview & videos 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)

Update (08/03/15): And some more newly uploaded videos from the event. (Thanks ml68)

Update (08/30/15): And another newly uploaded video from the event.

Yo La Tengo cover 'Friday I'm in Love'

Update (08/30/15): The band performed a live version of their cover on CBS This Morning's Saturday Sessions.

Update (July 14th, 2015): And here's the video for it, via Pitchfork. (Thanks @virgonomiroku)

Pitchfork reports that Yo La Tengo will be covering 'Friday I'm in Love' on their upcoming album, 'Stuff Like That There', which will be released on Aug. 28th.

Helpful note to bands thinking about covering The Cure in the future, you do know that they have more than 4 songs, right? Look deep into the catalog. Tons of great songs to pick from. :)

Update (06/11/15): From Newsweek:

Ira Kaplan, who plays in the trio with his wife Georgia Hubley (drums, vocals) and James McNew (bass), called Newsweek to discuss Yo La Tengo's relationship with the songs, artists and spirals of influence that make up the new record.

Ira Kaplan: "Years ago, the year that The Onion wrote that article about us with the collapse at the club killing people, they asked us to perform at their Christmas party in New York. They started telling us the money they had available to pay us and we said the money is less important—what we really want is if you'll help us reenact that article. It took some convincing. The difference was we wanted to be killed instead of people in the audience. So they ended up getting very enthusiastic, setting up fake rigging on the stage and at a certain point the lights flickered and the equipment went off and all these fake speakers fell from the rafters and landed on us, killing us, and we were carried off on stretchers.

"But that night we did 'Friday I'm In Love,' and it seemed like a good party song and that was it. We didn't play it again until one day we were on a radio show in London and got asked to take audience requests, and one of them was for 'Friday I'm In Love,' which we didn't exactly remember—we had to kind of teach it to ourselves again...

"I loved when [The Cure] first started, those initial singles. Not quite 'Killing an Arab' as much as 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'Jumping Someone Else's Train.' I loved those songs and I loved the Three Imaginary Boys record. I kind of quickly stopped listening to them when the singles got less poppy. When the singles got poppy again, I became a fan of all those songs." (Thanks Dave)

I don't like, or agree with, Ira Kaplan. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The 25 Best Rock Acts with Unique Setlists

From CoS:

The Cure can play for a very long time. (Just ask our contributing photographer Debi Del Grande, a diehard fan who’ll tell you the number of hours she’s dedicated to Robert Smith and co.) That’s a good thing, though, because their rich, expansive, and wildly diverse catalog demands such extended play. Each night, you’ll hear juicy bits and pieces from the band’s most celebrated works — so, Disintegration, Boys Don’t Cry, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Wish, et al. — and a medley of B-sides or neck-high deep cuts that will floor you.

On average, Smith will juggle something like 67 tracks each tour, which is understandable considering they’re known to knock out 45-song setlists on special occasions. They also tend to capitalize on particular albums for each jaunt; for example, last year’s tour was heavy on The Top and Disintegration, both 2012 and 2013 focused on Disintegration and Wish, while 2011 was dedicated to Three Imaginary Boys and Seventeen Seconds. All in all, they’re the type of band whose old setlists you hate looking at for fear of seeing something you missed. Hell, I’m still kicking myself for missing their performance of “Burn” at 2013’s Voodoo Experience. Days after Halloween, no less. Blargh. –Michael Roffman

Monday, August 24, 2015

'Head on the Door' revisted

From The Quietus: Ned Raggett looks back three decades to when Robert Smith's newly formed quintet version of The Cure were poised for global recognition. (Thanks Jörg)

Pitchfork's 200 Best Songs of the 80s

3 Cure songs on Pitchfork's 200 Best Songs of the 80s list:

#12 - Just Like Heaven

Few bands have a back catalog as deep—or as truly kaleidoscopic—as the Cure. Their discography, which now stretches back nearly 40 years, is a study in extremes—from the most abjectly bleak and funereal goth dirges to the giddiest of Technicolor pop. "Just Like Heaven" is gleefully the latter, three minutes of the most immaculate musical confectionary Robert Smith ever concocted. The third single from 1987’s willfully schizophrenic Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, "Just Like Heaven" was the first Cure song to crack the U.S. top 40, immediately serving as a kind of gateway drug for a generation of "120 Minutes"-watching teen misanthropes eager to lap up the band’s black-eyelined majesty. It also cemented Smith’s genius as a songwriter, proving his uncanny dexterity for articulating not only all-consuming melancholy but pure romantic joy as well.

The track’s signature drumrolled intro and cascading guitar line—alongside Smith’s opening plea to "Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick"—is the sound of a million hopeful mixtapes and new wave dance parties springing wistfully to life—a twisting, twirling bit of post-punk wonder that Smith himself once perfectly described as "a song about hyperventilating—kissing and fainting to the floor."

In short, it’s just like a dream. —T. Cole Rachel

See also: The Cure: "In Between Days"

#40 - Close To Me

Robert Smith spent the first few years of the Cure gazing and then plunging into the abyss of existential horror, and the next few clawing his way back out of that abyss, with a grin on his face drawn on with lipstick. "Close to Me" is the peak of the latter period: a festive love song caught in the middle of a panic attack, a song about happiness and erotic bliss sung from the point of view of somebody who's still convinced that it's all about to be ripped away ("if only I was sure that my head on the door was a dre-he-heam," Smith hiccup-moans). Smith's voice is right up in your face, with the arrangement's handclaps and heavy breathing almost indistinguishable from the sound of someone leaning in to confide something in confidence. He rolls his words around his mouth, as if he's figuring out if they're delicious or disgusting or both; his lyrics incorporate some of the most freighted words from the first few Cure albums ("sick," "faith," "clean"—remember, this is a man who three years earlier had made "I will never be clean again" the hook of a song).

The Cure made a point of adjusting their identity on a regular basis—that was the prerogative of new wave—and the big difference here from the band's earlier work is that the arrangement of "Close to Me" is straight-up pleasure music. There's no murk, no foreboding, not even guitar, just a rhythm track with a wiggle in its hips and Porl Thompson and Lol Tolhurst's keyboards cooing and plinking at each other. At least, that's all there is on the recording on The Head on the Door: the magnificent single version, released a few weeks later, ramps up the fun by means of a brass band that wanders into the mix halfway through, sounding like they're on their way back from a New Orleans funeral (including a trombone player who, hilariously, doesn't catch on that the song has ended until a moment too late). —Douglas Wolk

See also: The Cure: "A Forest"

#105 - Pictures of You

The liner notes of the Cure’s Disintegration made one simple demand: turn it up, loud. This request actually asked lot of the listener. Disintegration’s fourth single "Pictures of You" is overwhelming, even for a fanbase that prides itself on feeling way too much. "I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you/ That I almost believe that they’re real," Robert Smith wails as guitars layer infinity pools over him for seven minutes—by the end, you might actually believe that "we kissed as the sky fell in," "[screaming] at the make believe" and "crying for the death of your heart" are real things couples go through. Tally the time Robert Smith has pined for a lost love over the past 40 years and you’ll have hours, if not entire days worth of music. But "Pictures of You" is the logical extreme of Smith’s thwarted desires—to completely submerge in the memory of someone else. —Ian Cohen

See also: The Cure: "Fascination Street" / The Cure: "Lovesong"

(Thanks Sylvain)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Natalie Imbruglia covers 'Friday I'm in Love'

As reported back in March, Natalie Imbruglia's new covers album, 'Male', includes her take on 'Friday I'm in Love'. She was on The One Show tonight and said it's her favorite cover on the album.

And from Digital Spy:

Then there's that iconic Cure song you've covered, 'Friday I'm In Love'...

"Risky right?"

Yeah, but you've turned it into your own song with that barnyard vibe and it really works.

"It's so much fun to do live. We did it at a couple of festivals and the crowds were going crazy for it."

When someone comes to you and says, 'Right we're going to take this really famous track and do it like this', are you just like, 'Crap - what am I doing?'

"I think that was the only one - 'Friday I'm In Love' - where I was a bit like, 'Oh I don't know how I feel about this'. But it's one of my favorites now. I mean, you can't please everyone. I'm sure there are going to be some diehard fans who won't want to hear any other version of any song, but if you're going to do a covers album, you have to be prepared for that."

(Thanks @AaronLaw92)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tigers Jaw & Kevin Devine cover The Cure

From Brooklyn Vegan: "Tigers Jaw, who recently released an acoustic LP and went on an acoustic tour, are contributing to the third installment of Kevin Devine's split 7" series, Devinyl Splits (following Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws). This installment has both artists covering The Cure, with Tigers Jaw taking on "In Between Days" and Kevin doing "Lovesong." Tigers Jaw's cover is out now and can be streamed above."

Chris Parry profile

Audio Culture has a profile of Chris Parry, along with some photos of him with The Cure. (Thanks Andre)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lol on the Mortified podcast

"The diaries of a teenager from the South Bronx who feels like an outcast when she falls in love with goth music. Featuring Special Guest Host, Lol Tolhurst, founding member of The Cure."

From Lol on Facebook: "So a few weeks ago the wonderful people at Mortified asked if I would host an episode of their podcast! Mortified is simultaneously comedic genius and angst filled drama so of course I accepted!"

Roger to DJ at Queen Kwong show

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cure on 'Mr. Robot' last night

From @WendyCure: "Season 1 episode 7 of Mr. Robot - Pictures Of You plays/is discussed by the main characters in the first five minutes." (Thanks also to @lament and @e2ccd6b9d125464)

If you're in the US, and have cable, you can watch the episode here. If not, here's a description from For The Win (which contains a major spoiler, so fair warning if you plan to watch the show later, or haven't seen last week's episode):

"It’s a flashback; the first time Shayla and Elliot meet, and she gives him the fish you might remember as the one who talked during episode four’s insane dream sequence (and showed up on the windowsill, where he requested to be, in episode six). They sit out on their stoop while The Cure’s “Pictures of You” plays all tinny from a speaker. It’s a sunny day, and Elliot, despite himself, is enjoying her company. He asks her for drugs, and she tells him she knows a hookup who can get Suboxone. The only catch — the connect is a psychopath.

“You might be worth a psychopath, though,” she says, and you can’t help but think back to Fernando, his eyes bloodshot and alight, tossing him the keys the episode before. Elliot brought Shayla to her death. He finds himself responsible.

Flash forward to 30 days after the prison break, and Elliot is putting all of his files on Shayla and burning it to a CD marked “Cure – Disintegration.” Then he wipes down his computer and fries the memory again. The man has a process. But he isn’t fixed."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

More Cure praise from The Twilight Sad

From GIGsoup:

The B side is obviously a cover by Robert Smith, how did you guys go about approaching him for this project? Was he already interested in working with you and how do you feel about the end result?

I still don’t think I’ve come to terms with, or will ever get over, Robert Smith covering our song. There are things that you dream of when you start a band: selling out a gig, playing in a different country, playing a special venue, even one of your favourite bands liking your music but having a person that has influenced the music that you make and so many musicians around the world taking the time to cover your song was something I never even dared to dream about. The Cure are one of the biggest bands in world and their music will always be loved and remembered. Their music is iconic and they have pushed the boundaries of popular music. So for Robert to have covered a small indie band from Kilsyth still feels like a dream to me. I have so much respect for him. Back in 2009 Stuart from Mogwai had emailed Robert suggesting he gave our a band a listen as he thought he’s really like us. Robert replied saying he was already a fan and Stuart forwarded us the email. Needless to say this made us all very happy.

After we recorded “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave” Andy sent it to Robert to have a listen, and he said it was ‘BEAUTIFUL’. We wanted to do something special for the “It Never Was the Same” single, as it was going to be the last release from the album. Andy knew it was a pretty far-fetched idea, but he thought he might as well chance his arm and ask Robert if he’d be up for covering one of our songs to feature as a double A-side. We couldn’t believe it when he replied, saying he’d like to cover “There’s a Girl in the Corner”. For a while we thought it might be Barry from Mogwai playing a prank on us. Robert sent the cover over when we were in San Fransisco just after we’d finished our gig that night. I’ll never forget being in the back of the van and us all sitting in silence after listening to it for the first time and trying to comprehend what we’d just hear; I broke the silence with “PLAY IT AGAIN!”. Andy and Robert still talk to each other via email and we’re hoping to meet up pretty soon. He’s been amazing throughout the whole release. All the proceeds he makes from the single go to one of his favourite charities called AMAZE. So many people have discovered our band through him covering our song and I will be forever grateful to him.

'In All Worlds' lyrics

"My take on the lyrics, feel free to correct!"
(Thanks Perfect.Murder)

You, Me, This..
We want it to be as it was..
We dream it's how it will be..
But then longing for nothing and never..
I forget you.... Forget me..

We want it to be as it was..
We dream it's how it will be..
But then longing for nothing and never..
I lose you....Lose me...

In all worlds yesterday is nothing at all..
Tomorrow never is...
There's only now..
You, Me, This..

In all worlds yesterday is nothing at all..
Tomorrow never is..
There's really only now..
You, me, this..(x2)

We want it to be as it was..
We dream it is how it will be...
Then longing for nothing and never..
I forget you.... Forget me..

We want it to be as it was..
We dream it is how it will be...
Then longing for nothing and never..
I lose you... Lose me..

I wish..
You wish..
We wish..

I wish you were here...
You wish I was there...
We wish it was now..
We wish it was now..

I wish you were here..
You wish I was there..
We wish it was now..

In all worlds yesterday is nothing at all..
Tomorrow never is..
There's only now..
You, Me, This..

In all worlds yesterday is nothing at all..
Tomorrow never is..
There's really only now..
You, Me, This..(x4)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Roger is working on two Ballets

From Roger on Facebook:

"Ballet... I think I have spoken about this briefly before but as one project ends another begins so as Love and Other Tragedies makes its way out into the World maybe its time to talk of what comes next?

In 2012 I attended a Gala peformance at the Coliseum in London but Les Saisons Russe, a reincarnation of the famous ballet group from the turn of the last century. I sat and wondered to myself (I thought to myself!) how amazing it would be to write music to make people dance so beautifully. Later that evening I met Misha Lobukin the male principal of the Bolshoi and my friend Tatiana told him I wanted to write the music for a ballet. I could have killed her but the idea was born and Misha said If I were to write it he would dance it... It was his idea to set The Picture of Dorian Gray to music and to make a 2 act classical ballet. That was three years ago and I have visited Moscow many times and LA where I finished writing the music. We have the music and we are now talking to choreographers so hopefully we will be in production soon.

Whilst looking for choreographers for this project Tatiana sent my music to Nikita Dimitryevski an amazing dancer and now choreographer. He heard Orpheus and Eurydice from Love and Other Tragedies and we have now adapted that for a one act ballet so this will probably be the first work that comes out in this format.

These are huge challenges for me musically but without challenge and change and progress music doesnt go anywhere and this is part of my musical journey. I'm very happy to share this news with you and thank you all for your support of my solo work."

31 Musicians Who Quit Bands Right Before They Became Famous

From NME:

Michael Dempsey (The Cure)

Bassist Michael Dempsey was there at the beginning when The Cure formed in the southern wastelands of Crawley. He appeared on 'Three Imaginary Boys' and 'Boys Don't Cry', but was reputedly eased out when he turned his nose up at Robert Smith's new songs. He went on to play with several other bands, including Roxy Music. (Thanks Shawn)

Robert working with Eat Static

Update (08/03/15): The band's Facebook has been updated with the news. 

Update (07/27/15): Full track posted on BandCamp. Album now available to download. 

Update (06/28/15): A short sample of 'In All Worlds'.
(Thanks thecure-collector)

On April 1st, the Eat Static Facebook posted the following news update, which I ignored due to it being April Fools Day, and no other confirmation from any other source:

"A SUPER SPECIAL NEWS FLASH FOLKS!! ROBERT SMITH (THE CURE) HAS COLLABORATED WITH EAT STATIC FOR A TRACK ON THE NEW ALBUM!!! Many of you have been asking about the release date/album delay and I told ya something special might happen..well,after many years of attempting to make this a reality,i can reveal that the stars were finally aligned and Robert is singing and playing 6 string bass on a brand new Static tune- ''In All Worlds...'' He has been a long time fan of Static and I have loved the Cure since 1981 so this happening is a BIG deal for me...and he's done an AMAZING job! We're now full steam ahead on getting the album done and dusted so I hope to have it out around the end of May! It'll be worth the wait i hope! BOOOOOOM!!"

But now a new update from June 22nd  seems to indicate that it's true:

"Finally have some updated news for you regarding the new release..i know i said originally it would be a solstice release but technical difficulties made it impossible to hit that date.. All has been resolved now and the big wheels are in motion and i can give you the FINAL official release date - 31st JULY..As promised,I'll be setting up pre-orders as of next week so those who want the first batch can get in quick...  massive apologies for the delays but the chance to have and to make happen,the collab with Robert Smith just had to be,as it was a once in a lifetime magical opportunity!"

Thanks Michele (fmjews), and sorry for not posting it back in April, but had to wait and make sure it wasn't a joke.

Roger interview at The Quietus

Cure vs. Commodores 'Easy Heaven' mashup

BRAT has come up with a great mashup - Easy Heaven (Just Like Heaven and Easy by The Commodores). Just a preview so far, but well worth checking out. (Thanks BRAT)

Update (11/25/08): The full song is now available.

Update (08/03/15): And now 7 years later, BRAT has uploaded a newly remastered version. Also added a cleaner MP3 and FLAC files to download. (Thanks @bratmix)