Robert Smith has said that the new album from The Cure will be out “soon” as fan excitement around the record ramps up.
The follow up to 2008’s 4:13 Dream, which was previously described by frontman Smith as “so dark” and “incredibly intense”, will arrive later this year as the band ride the wave of success following their landmark headline performance at Glastonbury Festival 2019.
Speaking at the 2020 NME Awards, Smith confirmed that new record is arriving in 2020: “The first one will definitely be out soon, we’re wrapping it up now and it’s going to be mixed. But until it’s completed, no one will believe me. I look forward to it coming out more than anyone else, trust me!” Smith told NME.
He added: “I’m too old to commit to idiot things like that, wait and see,” somewhat illusively.
Previously speaking about the album in more detail, Smith said: “The lyrics I’ve been writing for this album, for me personally, are more true. They’re more honest. That’s probably why the album itself is a little bit more doom and gloom.”
The frontman continued: “I feel I want to do something that expresses the darker side of what I’ve experienced over the last few years – but in a way that will engage people. Some of the albums like ‘Pornography’ and ‘Disintegration’ are kind of relentless. I levelled ‘Disintegration’ with some songs like ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Lovesong’, but I think this one is more like ‘Pornography’ because it hasn’t got any of those songs that lighten the mood at all.”