Sunday, November 23, 2014

New interview with Reeves

From Trebuchet:

The Cure have been recording for well over 30 years. Have you learnt the entire back catalogue?

No, I had two weeks to learn 54 songs when I started playing with them in 2012. That was just going to be for the summer because they had become a four piece at that point. Then at some point they asked me if I wanted to join and I said, “Are you kidding?!” I think we’re up to 100 songs now but we do have a habit of playing festivals that force us to only play for two and a half hours. I don’t think that promoters know what to make of a band that’s trying to push for more time. Mexico City last year we did four hours and twenty minutes and we still didn’t play everything. The next newest member of the band has been there for 19 years so I’m trying to catch up and they enjoy watching me squirm. I have a thick binder where I chart everything out in case something gets called in rehearsal.

So to what extent are you allowed to put your own spin on it or are you playing it faithfully to the original versions?

Well with a band that has that many hits, The Cure makes The Cure style music and you have to think of it from the fans’ point of view. To me it seems obvious which parts of a song need to be played true to the original but you also want to breathe new life into it; you don’t want it to be a greatest hits thing even though it is a greatest hits catalogue. About half the set I’m sticking to the parts and then maybe a quarter of it I’m embellishing it and trying to keep it fresh and then the other quarter of the material, Robert trusts me to know what to do. You have to leave your ego out of it and do the right thing. But also what I enjoy is when I feel the band go “ooh” because I’ve found a new spot on the back of their neck to give them some goose bumps. When I look back, I think one of the reasons why people have asked me to play their songs is because I seem to be able to bring a little bit of the unexpected and make it a little bit dangerous, or make it surprising but still not ruin it for the fans. Although I’m sure a bunch of people who came to see Tin Machine would feel otherwise! But then that was all original material; it was all stuff we wrote together. 

Are there any plans for you to write some new material with The Cure?

Things like that with The Cure, there are always plans to do stuff but that question is for Robert to answer. I know the fans always think it’s the last time but I don’t think they have to worry. It’s alive and well, it’s just not my place to talk about those things. Robert likes to; it’s his band. I don’t want to be “that guy” (laughs).

Monday, November 17, 2014

'The Art of McCartney' is out today

'The Art of McCartney', The tribute album to Paul McCartney, is out today and features The Cure's cover of The Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye' and Robert Smith's cover of Wings' 'C Moon' (Amazon exclusive in the US).

Personally, I love Robert's cover of 'C Moon'. Wonderful! Much better than the 'Hello Goodbye' cover. For those of you who say you can't buy it in your country, here it is on YouTube. But if you like it, and can buy it, please do so. Don't steal it. Support Robert and The Cure!

Credits for 'C Moon' - Robert Smith: Producer, Robert Smith: Voice and all instruments, The Bunny Lake Experience: Other Voices, Recording Engineer: Robert Smith, Assistant Engineer: Bunny Lake, Mixer: Robert Smith. Recorded at Robert Smith's home. Mixed at Robert Smith's home. Words and music by Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney. (Thanks Tina)

Pearl's 'Spheres' on '2 Unite All' benefit album

Pearl Thompson (with Finbar O’Hanlon) have contributed their song, 'Spheres', to the '2 Unite All' benefit album, which is out now. (Thanks Justin)

The videos of The Cure & Tim Pope

This article is old (from Feb. of this year), but Tim Pope tweeted about it a couple of days ago, and was the first time I'd seen it.

We Couldn't Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure & Tim Pope.

More 'Beautiful Noise' screenings

Nov. 17th, 2014 - Skopje, Macedonia
Nov. 18th, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts 

Dec. 10th, 2014 - Perth, Australia
Dec. ?, 2014 - Santiago, Chile

Liqueur plays 'Disintegration'

The Smiths vs The Cure Dec. 12th in London

Dec. 12th, 2014
Hackney Attic
Facebook event page
(Thanks Sam)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jason on the new Marina & the Diamonds album

From The Line of Best Fit:

"Jason Cooper who drums in The Cure, he did all the percussion on the record. It's definitely got their influence in there."

The album, 'Froot', won't be released until April 6th, 2015, but the first video from it was released today. (Thanks @Ligia_Berg)

AATT on how The Cure shows came about

From And Also The Trees on Facebook:

"Hello everyone, Many thanks for all of the comments recently. Lots of people have been asking how the shows with The Cure came about…

Robert (Smith) has always been interested in our evolution and over the years he and Justin (Jones) have kept in touch. His encouragement and critiques have always been valuable to us. After writing to say how much he liked our most recent album 'Hunter not the Hunted' Justin sent a link to our live film 'Missing in Macon'.
Robert liked it and asked if we'd be interested in playing together again sometime if a good occasion arose. We said we'd like to - and some months later he suggested the Hammersmith Apollo reunion. Simple."

Monday, November 10, 2014

London tickets on sale, extra show added!

Update (Nov. 10th, 2014): Tickets for all 3 nights are available again at the time I'm posting this. Sunday comes and goes, and there seems to be only a few tickets for Monday, but keep refreshing and you might get lucky.
All gone again, but keep checking each day, as more tickets are likely to be returned.

Tickets for the 2 shows at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo go on sale this morning at 8 am. Good luck!
Update: Third show added on Dec. 23rd! Tickets on sale now! 

Eventim and 0844 249 4300

Bookingsdirect and 0844 581

Ticket prices - £56.75 & £29.25 

Under 15s with an adult in seated only
Maximum Tickets is 4 tickets per household across all show dates (not per show), any customers who purchase more than 4 may have their additional orders cancelled.
Lead bookers names will appear on the ticket and lead bookers will need to provide matching ID on the evening of the performance to gain access to the venue.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Andy Vella at The British Library

The art of the 'Gothic' album sleeve
Conference Centre The British Library
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB

Part of Cultures of the Dark Side: A Day of Gothic Music and Fashion

Prolific graphic artists Dave McKean, Vaughan Oliver and Andy Vella share a platform for the first time

A rare chance to hear from three of the world's most talented and prolific graphic artists, sharing a platform for the first time to discuss their work on album covers. Dave McKean has created over 150 stunning sleeves in his career - for bands such as Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly and Skinny Puppy – while Vaughan Oliver rose to fame through his otherworldly masterpieces for 4AD bands The Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Pixies and countless others. They are now joined by Andy Vella, whose well-known work with The Cure is featured in the new book Obscure.

The British Library has an enormous collection of sound recordings, including 240,000 vinyl LPs. Despite the advent of digital recording these vinyl discs and their equally fascinating covers retain the power to inspire those in the creative industries, from artists to film-makers, musicians and graphic designers. (Thanks Steven)
The art of the 'Gothic' album sleeve Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show map      How to get to the Library When: Price:Free Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546 - See more at:
The art of the 'Gothic' album sleeve Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show map      How to get to the Library When: Price:Free Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546 - See more at:
The art of the 'Gothic' album sleeve Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show map      How to get to the Library When: Price:Free Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546 - See more at:

Pearl painted guitar in Warchild auction

Update (11/05/14): Reminder that the auction is on Sunday, Nov. 9th at 7 pm eastern.

Update (10/13/14): Some new photos.

From Phaidon (Thanks @caIigari): There’s a fine art to the charity auction. Pairing a good cause with worthy goods and suitably talented contributors is no easy feat. Yet War Child USA appears to have pulled it off.

The philanthropic organisation, dedicated to helping children caught in regions of conflict, has taken 16 Canadian Carparelli guitars and had them customised by a series of famous names from the music, film and art worlds.

Sterling Ruby, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Gus van Sant, Shepard Fairey, ex-Cure guitarist Pearl (formerly Porl) Thompson, Muse frontman Mat Bellamy, the artist Ginger Gilmour (ex-wife of Pink Floyd's Roger), Canadian painter Michael Adamson, and British artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson have all reworked an instrument.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rumor: More festival shows next year?

From a journalist at Les Inrockuptibles:

"Well, well, The Cure will play some festivals next summer..."

Update (11/08/14): Now JD says that some festival offers have been made to the band, but they haven't answered yet. I'm sure I'm not the only one (horrible song) who hopes for an end to the festival circuit, and more real Cure shows next year (in cities other than London). (Thanks @guillaume_g_z)

Splintered in Her Head play Wellington, NZ

"Tomorrow night (Saturday 8 November) in Wellington, New Zealand, our band Splintered In Her Head perform the albums 'Seventeen Seconds', 'Faith' and 'Pornography' live at Bodega, with guests E/N/T and DJ Simon Sweetman, plus Cure costume prizes from our sponsors Slow Boat Records, Hunters and Collectors and Aro Video." (Thanks Michel)

Facebook event page

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rumor: '4:14' in November? Nope

Yeah, I know, here we go again. But this Spanish website has a release date of Nov. 30th, 2014 (a Sunday?) for '4:14 Scream'. I wouldn't put too much faith in this just yet. Now that the Riots are over, maybe we can get an update from Robert?
(Thanks @hispacure)

Update (11/06/14): And to no one's surprise, this was false. They've now changed the date to 2015. Yeah, still not believing it. If it said 2018, maybe. :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Cure play London on Dec. 21st, 22nd & 23rd!

Update (Nov. 7th, 2014): 3rd show added on Dec. 23rd!

From The Cure on Facebook (and now on the website, too):

The Cure return to Hammersmith Eventim Apollo for a clutch of Christmas concerts on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 December 2014.

The band will be performing a 150 minute show playing songs drawn from their entire 37 year old catalogue including deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore...

Reprising the role they performed at the same venue 30 years ago each concert will also feature And Also The Trees as support.

These are 'Christmas Specials' not to be missed!!!


Tickets (max 4 per household) available from:

Eventim Apollo: (no counter sales, phone and Internet bookings only) and 0844 249 4300

Bookings Direct:, 0844 581 4940

Articles about this: Slicing Up Eyeballs, Life4Ever, XFM, Clash, Gigwise, Digital Spy, NME

Friday, October 31, 2014

Goth at the BBC tonight

Tonight on BBC 4 at 22:00 and 02:25: "A 60-minute showcase of beastly basslines, scything guitars, tormented lyrics, piercing synths, leather, lace and fashion on the edge! This programme celebrates the Goth aesthetic that began in early 80s British clubland and traces its evolution in music throughout that decade and beyond. Featuring classic BBC TV performances from Siouxsie and The Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Killing Joke, The Sisters of Mercy, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and many more." (Thanks Ade, Aaron, Warren, and Matthew)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lol & Lisa Loeb at the library

Win a Reeves Spacehawk