December 2018 Interview
What can you tell us about your January 2019 release – your third album right?
“Never grow cold” is indeed our third studio album and probably the one that received the most production and engineering attention compared to the first two. Hopefully, the sinners will notice. I first, we wanted to release an album that would be a crossover between electronic pop and some kind of Gothic rock, you might say a blend of New Order and The Cure updated for the next generation. The original design of the color was very much influenced by this idea and a project that would blend current sounds and bands such as the 1975 with our classic sound influenced by The Cure.
Tell us a bit about those cover songs which have become your trademarks is the first release.
It is true that Lament 2007 was a bit of an accident, but it has become our most listened to track so far, which is amazing. We wanted to take a Cure that was little-known and underrated, with the ideal to give it a new life. Actually, it was one of our favorite tracks and began as an afternoon project tweaking a midi file. Anyways, it was very well received in general and gave us a sense that we could create this encounter between the original The Cure and a new generation of listeners.
What about “Just one kiss”?
Yes, this one was released on our second album and was more difficult because we had to re-create it from scratch. Looking back on it, would have been nice to have better production and perhaps we will revisit it in a remastered release. It’s interesting that Lament as a song is much more popular than just one kiss, and it is true that Lament really embodies our own sense of tragedy and music and spiritual beauty.
So what about the cover songs for “Never grow Cold”?
“Cold” was the only Cure song we really wanted to revisit and it is the perhaps the most difficult of them all. It has a tremendous drum sound and would be ridiculous to try to revisit the drums are really the vocals. But still, we felt compelled to offer a new expression of Cold to our listeners, as we focused on other elements such as the base and the guitar and adding a choir, etc… We just hope that Cure fans who loved the original will find something to love in our cover version…
The other cover song was more difficult and eventually it was decided that it would be not a cover of The Cure or New Order but rather a new experiment in cover song recording. So we chose Aikea Guinea by the Cocteau Twins because it comes from the same era (1980s) and really gave us room for exploration and creativity. It is almost not a cover song because we wrote a brand-new verse and really our own chorus as well, although we hope that people that love the original will also be able to appreciate what we’ve been trying to do in terms of sounds and emotional connection.
Tell us a bit about the recording?
So we begin collecting all their songs and cover some potentials right after we released our second CD, in part because it was so well received and also because there was more material to be worked on. Actually, many of the songs are brand-new and were recorded almost overnight, and a spur of inspiration. For example: “Come on” and “Without you.” “If heaven is a dream” is interesting because it was written many years ago and he was chosen because it really was part of the original project to do a New Order revival album, not unlike what we have seen done by bands such as Muse, 1975 and The Killers.
Basically it was recorded in Northern California at our semi professional home studio between June and October 2018. It is just so much work to do the final engineering and the vocal takes, so we ended up agreeing that it was best to release it technically the next year which is 2019.
Any plans to go on tour to support the CD? And why the discretion regarding photos and bios etc.
While we have a good 30 songs now and so that would make for a great concert set. The issue is creating the local following that we need in specific places, which is difficult with our other constraints of life. Were still trying to build a stable band structure that would be able to do at least one ‘for the record’ life performance next year in 2019. We are thinking about it.
About your second question, we really want people to listen to the music apart from any intention on the artist. It may seem strange, but that’s a way The Cure Is Us was meant to be.
Any thoughts about The Cure being in the news recently?
It was amazing to see that after all these years and 10 years without a new release, there was still an incredible level of support to get The Cure voted into the Rock Hall of Fame… And frankly, the last two CDs/arbors were not that great. So now we have the announcement of a new Cure album in 2019 and I think there will be interest and scrutiny. I think the question will be what can an old band offer that is new and compelling – the bar will be high. Perhaps a comparison would be the latest New Order album (music complete) which was a mixed bag but was able to offer enough compelling moments to deserve both attention and general praise. “Singularity” comes to mind as a good example of what an older band can produce that is release-worthy.
Any second thoughts about the name of your band/project “TheCure Is Us”?
It’s a long story how the name came to be. It was supposed to be just a single album and someone said that we should have a name containing “The Cure” to be found on the Internet. For some reason, it stuck and we did get some good visibility on the first CD. The problem is that people thing that we are some kind of tribute band or purely a cover band, which is not the case. Perhaps in a way we’ve invented the concept of legacy band which would be running the sound and general spirit for band down one or two generations. I guess we could have “Beatles in America” or “The Dylan Flood Band” in the future on the same model.
Thank you and all the best.