Quote from: MeltingMan on May 22, 2022, 15:56:23around ten o'clock I had to be admitted as an emergency.
Tomorrow I have to go to the surgeon...
Quote"For me, it's really lovely that Simon is up there with me. It's criminal really, because he's been there all the time."https://www.nme.com/news/music/the-cure-new-album-songs-of-a-lost-world-interview-update-relentless-tour-3229589
As for how they work together when penning material, he said: "With Simon, we send demos back and forth. Because I write the words, I decide what songs are going to progress and which ones aren't. Often it's the case that with hindsight I pick the wrong songs.
"I've just finished doing the 'Wish' remaster, and there are so many of Simon's demos that never got past the demo stage and remained instrumental – purely because I couldn't think of any words for them. That's really sad, because some of them were really great!
"They're all coming out as instrumentals, and I think there are about 36 unreleased songs coming out on the package. That's the same every time we do anything. There's always loads of music, and a lot of it is Simon's. I just run out of words!"
QuoteHaving long teased the band's long-awaited "merciless" new record – after telling us that two new albums were on the way back at the last NME Awards back in 2020 – Smith revealed to NME earlier this year that one of them would be "real very soon" and would be called 'Songs Of A Lost World'.
Then today (Thursday May 19), after he and bandmate and songwriting partner Simon Gallup picked up the Icon Award at the Ivor Novellos, Smith again gave reassurance that the album was on the way and would be out before their upcoming winter tour.
"We will be releasing a new album," Smith told NME. "I get fed up of saying this now! We will be playing from October and the new album will be out before then. We walked on [stage at the Ivors today] to a bit of new music, actually. Hopefully no one recorded it!"
"Reeves [Gabrels] our guitar player has come over from America for the day just to finish a couple of solos, I've got to finish a couple of 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's kind of evolved over the last two years. It hasn't always been a good thing to have been left alone with it. You pick at it, like picking at seams, and everything falls apart.
Smith continued: "It'll be worth the wait. I think it's the best thing we've done, but then I would say that. I'm not doing an Oasis when I say that, 'IT'S THE BEST FOOKIN' ALBUM'. A lot of the songs are difficult to sing, and that's why it's taken me a while."
Discussing the themes and character of the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's '4:13 Dream', Smith said that the album "doesn't have very much light on it" and that it sounds "more like 'Disintegration' than 'Head On The Door'."
"It's pretty relentless, which will appeal to the hardcore of our audience, but I don't think we'll be getting any Number One singles off it or anything like that!" he laughed. "It's been quite harrowing, like it has for everyone else.
"I've been more privileged than most, but lockdown and COVID has affected me in as much as I've lost an entire generation of aunts and uncles in under a year. It's things like that which have informed the way I've been with the record."
Smith added: "Essentially we recorded two albums in 2019. I've been trying to finish two at the same time, which is pretty much impossible. One is nearly ready to go."
As for the mysterious second record that they've been working on, Smith said Cure fans would likely have to wait a little longer to hear that.
"While there are a handful of really good songs, I've kind of fallen out of love with others so we're going to have to record another four or five perhaps," he said. "If it gets finished, it's very upbeat. It's the flip-side to the first one.
"I can't wait to sing it, actually. I feel quite distraught singing the same songs over and over again."
Asked if the gigs will be their legendary usual three hours plus in length, he replied: "Not if my band has anything to do with it! It will be slightly shorter than in the past, if I'm honest. It will be about two and a quarter hours, I think. That's short!
"There will be a smattering of new stuff as we play through. Essentially the strength of the band live is the catalogue and the songs that we've got so it would be pretty dumb to play an hour of new music. Although some people would prefer us to do that!"
Smith added: "The size of the venues we're playing, you need to engage everyone in the venue. You can't just concentrate on the handful of people down the front. If it happens it'll be great...that's if Europe exists by the time we start..."
QuoteDuring the ceremony at Grosvenor House tonight, Smith and Gallup were presented the Icon Award by their long-time agent, Martin Hopewell from Primary Talent.
"I've been a very lucky boy to be involved in Robert and Simon's story. In fact, it's been one of the great privileges of my life to work with them for the last four-and-a-half decades. I'm touched, chaps, that you've asked me to be here and more than a little bit proud to present you with the PRS For Music Icon Award."
Collecting the award, Smith thanked the band's agent, along with the PRS and the Ivors Academy. "It means a lot to the two of us, actually, it's a real honour," he added. "Thank you to all the people who've helped us over the years and have been involved in turning our songs into real songs. It's been the best thing you can imagine."
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