Robert Smith of The Cure is about to release a noise solo album.
The ‘Friday I’m In Love’ hitmaker has revealed that his bandmates answered with a resounding ‘no’ when he suggested the ‘one-hour noise’ record, and so he’s going it alone on the project.
He told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1: “I always wanted to do an hour of noise, and I didn’t want it… The Cure, you wait 10 years and then we put out an album that’s just dumb. noise. So it was just like, ‘No’ – I was doing the rest of the band. This “no” was a gang no. So I just had fun with it really.”
However, the rocker has two albums on the way with the band, which are poles apart when it comes to the overall vibe.
He teased: “Probably in about six weeks I’ll be able to tell when it’s all coming out and what we’re doing next year and everything… We were doing two albums and one of them is very, very dark and dark and the other no.
“And they’re both very close to being done. I just have to decide who’s going to mix them up. That’s really all I have left to do.
The Cure’s last studio album was 2008’s “4:13 Dream”.
Meanwhile, the 62-year-old goth icon has just released a collab with synth-pop band Chvrches.
The cinematic track, “How Not To Drown”, features on the band’s upcoming album, “Screen Violence”.
The sequel to 2018’s “Love is Dead” will be released on August 27.
Martin Doherty of the electronic trio – which also includes Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook – said: “I wouldn’t be in a band if it wasn’t for [The Cure’s] “Disintegration and Pornography”.
“So when Robert came back to us and told us he was interested in a collaboration, we never really thought it would come to fruition. After he was quiet for a little while, we get this demo at unannounced on Halloween, no less. From Robert. With him singing. And it was everything we hoped it would be and more.
It was an “emotional” experience to hear his idol on one of his own songs.
He continued: “It was like a more intense version of the electricity I heard the first time I heard Lauren [Mayberry] sing along to one of our beats. It felt like I was back to the first day I was in a band again. And it was this bottled up, heightened feeling… I can’t overstate how much of an influence The Cure has had on my music, on me as a producer and me as a writer. And so that moment, it was moving, and it was really intense.