In what is one of the more upsetting stories of today, UK alternative rock band, The Cure, have announced that they have no plans to release any new material. The band were just announced as headliners of this year’s Leeds/Reading Festival amongst a selection of others, but it seems that while on tour they won’t be hitting the studio.
However, there is a legitimate reason for the absence of new material, saying that as a band they want to focus on delivering the best possible performance rather then devoting half their time to recording. Robert Smith, frontman of the band, raises a very good point stating that “We’ve been going for so long that we don’t feel the urge to capitalize on everything all the time. I mean, we’re headlining pretty much every major European festival and we won’t have anything released.” Smith continued “Anyone else would be tearing their hair out. They’ll be like, ‘You’re idiots!’ And perhaps we are. It’s almost like we’ve gone full circle and we’re back to the point where we’re playing England’s Reading and Leeds festivals and I’m solely doing it because I want it to be a good day.
In relation to the prospect of new material, Smith told NME, “I can’t see our career arc any more. I’ve got absolutely no idea. We haven’t signed to anyone since the last album came out and the contract was up. I’m not even signed as a writer. To be really honest, if we’re gonna do something it has to be really good”
The band graced our shores last year as part of the 2011 epic Vivid Festival, curated by Modular head Steve Pavlovic, which saw the band perform an extended set, which left all in attendance amazed. Having announced a chain of European festival slots, there is a noticeable gap between their Festival des Vieilles Charrues appearance in France (July 20) and their headlining slot at this year’s Frequency Festival, which means that there is the slight chance that they could be booked for a closing slot on the mainstage at this year’s Splendour In The Grass. Fingers crossed!