If word that the Cure were part of the latest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t enough to make your gothic little heart flutter then we’ve got even better news. On Friday (Dec. 14), the British band announced plans to release a new album in the new year. In a recent interview on Sirius XM, frontman Robert Smith confirmed that the group is mere weeks from finishing their impending new album.
“We’re going in about six weeks’ time to finish up what will be our first album in more than a decade,” Smith explains.
“It’s very exciting times for us all around.”
In the same interview, Smith reveals that he was inspired to return to the recording studio after playing the role of curator for the 25th anniversary of London’s Meltdown Festival.
“Seeing all these new bands inspired me to do something new,” he admits.
This isn’t the first time Smith has confessed that playing curator and performing at the Meltdown Festival influenced the band’s decision to head into the studio. In April, the musician told BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Shaun Keaveny that curating the festival ignited his passion to write new music.
“I’ve suddenly fallen in love with the idea of writing songs,” Smith told Keaveny at the time.
“Funnily enough, doing this Meltdown thing has actually galvanized me and I’ve booked studio time for the band.”
The still-untitled record will be the band’s first new album in over a decade. The Cure’s last studio album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream.
With talks of a new record, it’s only logical that the band is beginning to announce tour dates. In September, Smith announced via Twitter that the group will embark on a 20-stop music festival tour during the summertime. The band has already been confirmed for Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Portugal’s NOS Alive, Finland’s Flow Festival, and Spain’s Mad Cool Festival though we expect more to be announced throughout the rest of 2018 and well into 2019.