Thursday, October 21, 2021

Anonymous heART Project art is up

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New history of goth book from Lol

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Michael Dempsey is on this week's Curious Creatures

Friday, October 15, 2021

Simon confirms he's back in the band

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Lol & Budgie have a podcast

Friday, October 1, 2021

Some interesting artwork in this year's Anonymous heART Project

The artists are not revealed until after the auction, but major hints have been dropped about these two.

New interview with Reeves

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Topographies tour

New Cure shirt for charity

Friday, September 10, 2021

Jason co-wrote the score for 'Gunfight At Dry River'

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Hopeful signs of healing?

Simon has returned to his Facebook today, deleting his post about leaving The Cure, and posting a photo of his adorable pug Bear.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Simon says he's left The Cure

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Robert with Gorillaz in London night 2 (Aug. 11th, 2021)

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Robert joined Gorillaz at their London show tonight (Aug. 10th, 2021)

Roger to sell a bunch of 90s Cure shirts

DrowningBoy Alright video

Monday, August 2, 2021

Faith and Carnage Visors merch coming soon

It was posted too soon, and now removed, but here's a look at what's coming soon.

Raffle for signed prints of Robert's art

Wild Mood Swings was 11th best selling album on Record Store Day

Monday, July 26, 2021

Reeves playing in NYC on Tuesday

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Strange As Angels on French TV Monday

DrowningBoy play live again

Friday, July 16, 2021

Good luck tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Wild Mood Swings 25th anniversary special from DEK Magazine

In 1996, The Cure released Wild Mood Swings, an album that sold well but somehow failed to find its way into fans’ affections. 

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, this 35-page feature, curated by Robert Smith and featuring contributions from producer Steve Lyon, asks if it’s time to reassess the band’s most underrated album.

Based on Smith’s own memories of the period between 1993 and 1997, when Wild Mood Swings was written, recorded and toured, it tells a story of wrong turns and forgotten gems, musical innovation and artistic overreach, Halloween parties and the meaninglessness of time.

In a detailed analysis of the album, Smith reveals which are his favourite songs as well as which should – and shouldn’t – have been included on the final track listing.

 A selection of rarely seen images accompany the article, including behind-the-scenes photographs from the recording of Wild Mood Swings taken by Smith and Lyon, while the cover of issue 03 is by Andy Vella, the designer responsible for so much classic Cure artwork. 

Preorder this groundbreaking magazine, in our store from Saturday 17th July at 10:15pm.* (*UK time)

Coming soon from DEK Magazine

New from Reeves & Reverend

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Robert praises Will Sergeant

Will's book, "Bunnyman", comes out July 15th in the UK, Winter 2021 in the US. All of Will's links are here.

Q & A with Tim Pope & Matt Johnson at screening of Tim's The Comeback Special

Demonstration of the new Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike Royale

Darc Rama - Happy At Last Video

Friday, July 9, 2021

Jason at Zildjian Artist Studio

Jason is working with Jules Maxwell

From Riff Magazine: "Maxwell is also hard at work on another musical collaboration with The Cure drummer Jason Cooper. He described it the project, recorded in London, as being like The White Stripes…. if Jack White traded in his guitar for a piano."

Darcie Thompson's EP is out now.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Good Luck, Jason!

You can support Jason by donating here.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Indie Drummer Collective Cure Week

With today's tragic news about the sudden death of Hum drummer Bryan St. Pere, who was just participating in Cure week last week at Indie Drummer Collective, I realized I haven't posted any of the videos here. Correcting that now. RIP Bryan, and condolences to all of his friends, family and fans.
  
Erin David Tate plays The End of the World

Colby Mancasola plays In Between Days 

Tucker Rule plays Boys Don't Cry

Sean Husick plays Jumping Someones Else's Train

Dan Didier plays Cold

Roger Camero plays A Night Like This

David Silver plays A Forest

Chris Dye plays Fascination Street

Christopher Todd plays Closedown

Dave Clifford plays All I Want

Chris Wilson plays Grinding Halt

Chvrches on how they got to work with Robert


Chvrches have revealed to Music Week how they managed to entice Robert Smith to perform on their new record. 

The Cure frontman provides vocals on How Not To Drown, which is taken from album Screen Violence (released via EMI on August 27). Smith has also remixed the track. 

Chvrches initially approached the rock pioneer via Campbell McNeil, their co-manager with Danny Rogers as part of Lunatic Entertainment, who emailed a mutual acquaintance. Smith then got in touch, simply asking: “I heard you were looking for me. What do you want?” 

“We were like, ‘Guys, what do we want?’” the band's Martin Doherty told Music Week, revealing that they sent him a selection of music before Smith elected to work on How Not To Drown. 

“We left him for a while,” added Doherty. “You know, you don’t follow-up email Robert Smith, you send it, you cross your fingers...” After a month of silence, The Cure man delivered. “An email came through from Robert, ‘Here’s your tune, let me know if you like the vocals and let’s talk about how to finish it’," remembered Doherty. 

“This is a bit much, but I was definitely crying!” 

For bandmate Lauren Mayberry not only did Chvrches get a new track, but the collaboration restored her faith in creativity. “I’ve definitely been quite disillusioned by the quote-unquote industry at certain times,” she explained, “and he is everything that isn’t that, just such a true artist and a true gem.” 

Chvrches were speaking to Music Week for our latest issue, which is on sale now.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Robert confirms DEK interview, but it's not about the new music

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Something Cure-ious This Way Comes...

Robert retweeted this so I'm going to assume we are still on track for those mid-July announcements. Maybe a little sooner or a little later, but they're coming. 

Looking into this a bit, it would appear that DEK will likely have an interview with Robert in issue #3 of their magazine. Issue #2 came out in January, no word yet on when #3 comes out. 

Probably overthinking this, but I always thought that "announcements in about 6 weeks" statement was a little too time specific for Robert. Now I'm wondering if he had already done this interview or knew he would, so knew when it would be published?

Jason is Fundraising for the British Heart Foundation

Please donate here if you can

For anyone wondering about the @JasonCo35677578 account, It is him, not an imposter, Robert has confirmed it. Just need to get him @verified .

Robert Remixes How Not To Drown

 Speaking to The FADER about the remix via email, Smith sent over the following: "I HAVE LOVED CHVRCHES FROM THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THE MOTHER WE SHARE, AND WAS THRILLED WHEN THEY ASKED ME TO COLLABORATE WITH THEM ON ONE OF THEIR NEW SONGS. I LISTENED TO EARLY VERSIONS LAST YEAR, AND "HOW NOT TO DROWN" JUMPED OUT AND DRAGGED ME UNDER. I WANTED MY REMIX TO FOCUS ON SOME OF THE SUNKEN ELEMENTS IN THE BRILLIANT ALBUM MIX, TO CONJURE UP AN IRRESISTIBLE MIDNIGHT SEA, WITH DARK MESMERIC CURRENTS THAT GENTLY BUT INEXORABLY PULL YOU DOWN… “

 
You can also listen/buy here.

Cure Anniversary Screening

Thurs 22 July (8:45PM) @ Rio Cinema, Dalston 
Pitchblack Pictures: 
The Cure 'Anniversary 1978-2018 Live In Hyde Park' (film screening) 
Click here for tickets 
Tickets for the original dates are valid for this new date. Please contact us at info@pitchblackplayback.com if you cannot make this new date.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Faith was #11 on RSD Best Sellers List

Topographies tour

For those who don't know, Topographies is Gray Tolhurst's band and they are excellent! Check them out on Bandcamp.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Darc Rama EP Coming Soon

For those who don't know, this is the solo project of Darcie Thompson, son of Pearl and Janet Thompson.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Strange As Angels upcoming live shows

Strange As Angels have 3 upcoming live shows:

June 18th in Lille, France

June 19th in Mestre, Italy

June 25th in Piacenza, Italy

Tickets and info here.

Watch Chrystabell practicing The Walk.

Interview with Jason

CoF blog is back!

CoF blog is back starting today. Don't know for how much longer or how frequently it will be updated, but for now, it's back. CoF Twitter is still the place for all of the instant updates, but will keep this updated as often as possible.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Robert Smith addresses “imaginary feud” with The Smiths

 From NME:

The Cure frontman Robert Smith has addressed his history with Morrissey and The Smiths, labelling their disagreements an “imaginary feud that happened 20 years ago”.

Smith spoke to The Sunday Times writer Jonathan Dean recently, in a joint interview with CHVRCHES‘ Lauren Mayberry. The pair mainly discussed their collaborative single ‘How Not To Drown’, however, Dean took to Twitter to share outtakes that didn’t make the final published interview.

One outtake posted yesterday (June 13) sees Smith discuss his ongoing tension with Morrissey and how, according to Dean, the internet “he felt that the internet was spiralling their spat out of control”.

“With Morrissey, I got a flurry of [backlash from the public]. And I thought, ‘what does it matter?’ This imaginary feud that happened 20 years ago,” Smith stated.

The alleged war between Smith and Morrissey spans back to the 1980s after Morrissey called Smith a “whingebag” in an interview with The Face. The Cure frontman then retaliated by saying “Morrissey’s so depressing if he doesn’t [off] himself soon, I probably will,” according to Far Out Magazine. 

This back-and-forth continued on for another two decades, with Smith describing their history as a “petty feud” in a 2004 interview with US magazine Entertainment Weekly.

“I didn’t really like The Smiths particularly,” Smith admitted to Dean. “They were competition for a very brief period. But more than that, I didn’t connect with it. I didn’t dislike them on a personal level – I didn’t know them.”

 “It never really got to me and then in later years it was this set up and I thought ‘why?’ And so since then I’ve realised how easily these things can spiral because people want it to be something. They’re desperate for it to be some sort of soap opera.

Back in 2019, Morrissey apologised for his part in their war of words in the ’80s.

“I said some terrible things about him 35 years ago… but I didn’t mean them,” he said. “I was just being very Grange Hill. It’s great when you can blame everything on Tourette’s syndrome.”

Responding to his apology later that year, Smith told NME: “It was slightly odd as I haven’t really had it at the forefront of my consciousness over the last 20 or 30 years. I don’t know. Even at the time I never quite understood what the problem was. It’s far from important now

Elsewhere in The Times’ interview, Robert Smith revealed he thinks The Cure’s next album will be their last.

“The new Cure stuff is very emotional. It’s 10 years of life distilled into a couple of hours of intense stuff.” Then adding: “And I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else. I definitely can’t do this again.”