The Cure are recording their twelfth album in London with producer
Ross Robinson, best-known for his work with new-metal bands like
Korn, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot.
“We are trying to get a heavier sound than we’ve been associated
with in the past,” Smith says. “We convinced him that the doom and
gloom of London is more conducive to making our music than sunny
Smith said it was Robinson’s more subtle work on albums by Vex
Red and At the Drive-In that got his attention. “The reason I’ve
developed a relationship with Ross has to do with his love of music
and his love for the Cure,” Smith says. “Some of the stuff he’s
worked on I don’t like, but some is genius sonically.”
The Cure have written and demoed twenty-seven songs, which Smith
plans to cut down to fourteen.
“The heavier sound we’re going for is more to do with the tempos
and dynamics and the space were leaving,” he says.”The more space
you leave, the heavier you get. It’s actually the antithesis of the
new-metal assault, which is all about piling things on. It’s going
back to the Faith period, but making the sounds themselves
a lot heavier and more savage.”
The album should be wrapped by February and released in the
summer, after which the Cure plan to tour the U.S.