Robert Smith intends to release The Cure’s new album this year as he ramps up excitement around the band’s first new album in 11 years.

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.

“Although the concept of what it’s going to be hasn’t really changed, I may have to change some bits of it,” Smith told the NME. “It’s kind of pushed me back a little bit because I thought I’d be in the mixing stage by the time we’d finished the festivals, but in fact we’re going to go back and re-record about three or four songs around the time we go and play Glasgow in August,” he added.

“I feel intent on it being a 2019 release and would be extremely bitter if it isn’t. At some point I will have to say ‘this is it’, otherwise we’ll just keep recording like we have done in the past. It never gets any better. We’re due one more session then we’re done.”

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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.”

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