The priest spoke to NME on the progress of their long-awaited new album “Songs Of A Lost World,” as well as what to expect from their upcoming tour.
After long teasing the band’s long-awaited new ‘ruthless’ record – having told us two new albums were on their way back to the final NME Awards in 2020 – Smith revealed to NME earlier this year that one of them would be “really very soon” and be called “Songs Of A Lost World”.
Then today (Thursday May 19), after he and bandmate and songwriting partner Simon Gallup won the Icon Award at the Ivor Novellos, Smith again reassured that the album was on the way and would be released before their next tour. winter.
“We’re going to release a new album,” Smith said. NME. “I’m tired of saying that now!” We will be playing from October and the new album will be out before. We walked [stage at the Ivors today] to some new music, actually. I hope no one recorded it!
At this point, Shakira interrupted the interview to shake hands with “her favorite band of all time”, before Gallup replied, “It’s a surreal day”.
Returning to ‘Songs Of A Lost World’, Smith then confirmed that “it’s almost over”.
“Reeves [Gabrels] our guitarist came over from America for the day just to finish some solos, I need to finish some vocals,” he revealed. “Essentially, it’s a 12-track album. It’s there, it’s kind of half-mixed and half-finished. It’s a weird thing. It kind of evolved over the last two years. It hasn’t always been a good thing to be left alone with this. You touch it, like you’re pulling seams, and it all falls apart.
Smith continued, “It will be worth the wait. I think it’s the best thing we’ve done, but I’d say that. I’m not making an Oasis when I say “THIS IS THE BEST FOOKIN ALBUM”. A lot of songs are difficult to sing, and that’s why it took me a long time.
Discussing the themes and character of the long-awaited sequel to 2008’s “4:13 Dream,” Smith said the album “doesn’t have a lot of light on it” and that it sounds “more like ‘Disintegration’ than ‘Head to the door’.
“It’s pretty relentless, which will appeal to the hardcore of our audience, but I don’t think we’ll get number one singles or anything like that!” he’s laughing. “It was quite trying, like for everyone.
“I’ve been more privileged than most, but lockdown and COVID have affected me in that I’ve lost a whole generation of aunts and uncles in less than a year. It’s things like that influenced the way I was with the record.
Smith added, “Essentially we recorded two albums in 2019. I tried to finish two at the same time, which is next to impossible. One is almost ready to go.
As for the mysterious second album they’ve been working on, Smith said Cure fans should probably wait a little longer to hear it.
“Although there are a handful of really good songs, I kind of fell in love with the others, so we’re going to have to record maybe four or five more,” he said. “If it is finished, it is very optimistic. This is the flip side of the coin of the first.
“I can’t wait to sing it, actually. I feel pretty distraught singing the same songs over and over.
Speaking about accepting their Ivor Icon Award with Gallup, who he’s been part of The Cure lineup with since 1978 and 1979 respectively, Smith explained what the award meant and why their songwriting collaboration worked.
“It’s strange. I was thinking about it when we were going to pick up the award – it was strange to leave the other three at the table,” he said. “We received an NME Award a few years ago for best festival headliner. It meant a lot because we don’t often get recognized for that aspect of what we’re going through, but it’s completely different.
“For me, it’s really good that Simon is up there with me. It’s really criminal, because he’s been there the whole time.
As for how they work together when writing material, he said, “With Simon, we send demos back and forth. Because I write the lyrics, I decide which songs are going to progress and which are not. It’s often the case that in hindsight I choose the wrong songs.
“I just finished remastering ‘Wish’, and there are so many Simon demos that never made it past the demo stage and remained instrumental – simply because I couldn’t find words for them. It’s a shame, because some of them were really great!
“They all come out as instruments, and I think there are about 36 unreleased songs coming out on the package. It’s the same every time we do something. There’s always a lot of music, and a lot of it is by Simon. I’m just at a loss for words!”
Fans will get the chance to hear new material live during The Cure’s upcoming UK and European tour in 2022.
When asked if the concerts would be longer than the usual three hours, he replied, “Not if my band has anything to do with it! It will be a little shorter than in the past, if I’m honest. It will be about two and a quarter hours, I think. It’s short !
“There will be a handful of new things as we play. Basically the strength of the band live is the catalog and the songs we have so it would be pretty stupid to play an hour of new music. Although some people would prefer us to do that!
Smith added: “The size of the rooms we play on, you have to involve everyone in the room. You can’t just focus on the handful of people up front. If that happens, it will be great… that’s if Europe exists when we start…”
Last August, Gallup announced that he had left The Cure. However, in October he told a fan on social media that he was still a member of the band. The bassist appeared on stage with Smith at the Ivors tonight, although he did not deliver an acceptance speech.
Smith’s last public appearances were for the 2022 BandLab NME Awards – where he won Best UK Song for his Chvrches collaboration ‘How Not To Drown’ and after performing the track together live for the premiere once with a cover of The Cure’s ‘Just Like Heaven’ – and again for a rehearsal of the songs with Chvrches at their showpiece gig at Brixton Academy a week later.