Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ask Lol - Part 2

You had questions for Lol, and he's provided the answers. While the original thinking was that Lol would answer just 10-15 of them, he answered every single one! Part 1 was posted last week, now here's Part 2 Thanks once again to Lol for doing this, to Quercus Books for arranging it, and to everyone who sent in questions.

'Cured' will be released on Sept. 22nd in the UK and on Oct. 11th in the US, and autographed copies can be ordered from Waterstones. Or bring your copy of 'Cured' to one of these UK events or US events, meet Lol and have it signed in person.

From Keith:
Should The Cure have stopped at any time in its history, and if so, do you think theyd been doing the "Reunion" circuit these days?

LOL: No I don’t think the Cure should have stopped. What for ? I don’t think that The Cure should ever stop really.

Did Steve Goulding really play on LGTB because you couldnt play the "disco beat"? You were an acomplished drummer, I find it heard to believe you couldnt plat LGTB, its not very challenging.

LOL: WE wanted to change things up and it seemed like a good idea to get someone with a different feel. I could have played my “Lol disco beat” and it would have sounded like me ( as on The cult hero songs ) We always wanted to embrace change so we did!

Do you ever feel that your contribution to The Cure, especially in the first 5 (pivotal) albums, is unfairly forgotten about, given their relative lack of commercial and critical acclaim compared to the globally successful HotD to Wish period, during which many people would consider your involvement creatively to be minimal?

LOL: Not from where I’m sitting no! People always ask me about the early albums etc. especially in relation to what came after . This was especially noticeable after “ Reflections” The Cure has had a long and varied career and I think that depending on when you discovered our music it tends to shift the focus to that time. Eventually we have been around for so long that people that weren’t even alive when I was in the band listen to the songs and get attached to the music and that to me is a wonderful thing. It is almost eternal.

From word on a wing 1980: I wonder if you could share your views about performing live with The Cure. I'm particularly interested in whether you've experienced something special happening at a subtle level? And if so, whether you could share your views about what may 'really' be happening...

LOL: The most interesting question! I felt during the Sydney concert for reflections that something almost transcendent was happening on stage so yes in way I do feel that there’s a connection with the “other world” that’s going on but that’s just my view point..

Curezum covers 'A Forest'

Update (Sept. 13th, 2016): And here's the video from Bloody-Disgusting.

From Metal Injection:

Curezum made a big splash last year when they burst onto the scene with their cover of The Cure's "100 Years" Now the project is back with a cover of "A Forest" featuring the almighty Matron Thorn of Aevangelist. While "A Forest" is probably a kind of obvious song to black metalify, the band do it admirably. It captures all of the droning magic that the original whilst adding some wondrous black metal fury. Still – the overall delivery of this particular cover is rather artful and in a similar vein to the second or even third wave of black metal style compositions that defined the previous two songs that this band has put out.

What I love about Curezum is the fact that they are unironically showing their love for The Cure. As stupid as the general idea of a black metal The Cure cover band might sound – the dudes in Curezum pull it off with aplomb, showcasing their burning passion for this type of music and reminding us why we all fell in love with The Cure in the first place. Surprisingly vicious and deliciously executed I'm sitting here hankering for a full length. As is – rumor has it that the B side of this single is going to be "Siamese Twins" and feature Christopher Van Huffel, so it might be time to start getting hyped.

Listen to their cover at Metal Injection.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Andy from Twilight Sad with Robert

Getting the boat up the road with Rab @thetwilightsad @thecureofficial

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So Tim and Robert get on this ferry...

But what's all this about?

Said what? "Hey Robert, let's release a 4K Blu-Ray of In Orange"? "Hey Robert, let's remaster and release DVD/Blu-Rays of all of the old VHS releases"? "Hey Robert, let's do an all new and updated video collection"? "Hey Robert, let's record the European leg, or certain shows, of Cure Tour 2016 and actually release them within a year"? "Hey Robert, I have an idea for some special shows next year..."?

Don't tease us, Tim! :)

Mark and Andy from Ride with Robert

A photo posted by Andy Bell (@andybebop) on

Thanks John.