The Cure have released more details about their “incredibly intense” upcoming new album.

The record, their first in ten years and the eagerly awaited follow up to 2008’s 4:13_Dream, was recorded at the iconic Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire.

“We actually went into the studio where they did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,” Robert Smith explained to Rolling Stone. “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.”

With The Cure confirmed for a series of festival appearances, Smith also admitted that the new material might struggle to translate to festival slots, admitting that: “It’s so dark. It’s incredibly intense.”

He continued: “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 I will delight our hardcore fans. And probably really, really infuriate everyone else. At my age, I’m still doom and gloom.”

The band still don’t have a specific date planned for the release but, perhaps fittingly, they’ve outlined a potential Halloween plan: “before we start in the summer, and it’ll be mixed through the summer. And then so release date, I don’t know, October? Halloween! Come on!”

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