Robert Smith talks new Cure LP, says U.S. ‘Disintegration’ shows are “inevitable”
The Cure are currently working on a new album and right after they played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday night, Rolling Stone spoke to Robert Smith after their induction performance about it:
Because it’s the anniversary of Disintegration, I was thinking about how we did that, and how we turned that into something and what my mindset was. A key part of it was everyone being away from home, being away from everything they loved and being in one place at the same time. So for the first time in 20 years, we went into a studio — we actually went into the studio where they did “Bohemian Rhapsody,” funnily enough. It’s a great studio in the middle of nowhere. We just played music for three weeks. And it’s great. I know everyone says that. But it really is fucking great.
It’s so dark. It’s incredibly intense. And I’ve waited 10 years to do something that means something. It’s going to work really well. I’m not sure how much of it we’ll play this summer at festivals. It’s not really festival music. The songs are like 10 minutes, 12 minutes long. We recorded 19 songs. So I have no idea what to do now. The others are saying, “Triple album!” I’m saying, no let’s not. I’ll pick six or maybe eight songs and do like a single album. But I think it will delight our hardcore fans. And probably really, really infuriate everyone else. At my age, I’m still doom and gloom.
Smith says to expect the album this fall. As he said, it's the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration and The Cure have already announced anniversary shows in Australia. Smith told Rolling Stone it is "inevitable" that they'll bring Disintegration to North America as well, probably closer to Christmas. "We’re holding home theaters in New York and Los Angeles," Smith said. "But I kind of feel like we should do it in a bigger venue. I’d like to a big show with it, really. It’s a bigger album. I think when we did the first three albums we did three nights at the Beacon in New York. It was much more punky. We were trying to recreate that vibe. But I think Disintegration is just big. So we need to do somewhere that’s just big." Stay tuned.
Before the Barclays event, Robert Smith did a red carpet interview that was charmingly, hilariously awkward. When the very gregarious interviewer asks Smith "Are you as excited about tonight's ceremony as me," he replies "by the sound of it, no." They talk about the new album and the Disintegration tour as well and you can watch that below.