November 17, 2005

The Cure to hit studio in January

By Jason MacNeil

TORONTO (Billboard) - The Cure plans to hit the studio in
January to record its next album, according to a post from
frontman Robert Smith on the group's Web site

"We are still on course for a summer release, as it's all
in the preparation," he said.

The-as-yet-untitled effort will be the Cure's first since
keyboardist Roger O'Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte left
the band earlier this year (former guitarist Porl Thompson has
since rejoined). It will be the follow-up to 2004's "The Cure,"
which has sold 317,000 copies in the United States, according
to Nielsen SoundScan.

Smith also said that he is close to completing the next
phase of the band's expanded reissue series, which will include
1984's "The Top," 1985's "The Head on the Door" and 1987's
"Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, as well as "The Blue Sunshine," a
1983 album Smith and Steve Severin, the guitarist with Siouxsie
and the Banshees, created under the name the Glove. The sets
should be out by next spring.

In addition, Smith is assembling a live DVD from the Cure's
summer performances and "writing some film music," according to
his message.