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The Cure Have No Plans to Release New Music

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The Cure were one of the most influential groups in the ’80s and early ’90s (and one of our favorite bands of all time), which allows them to still get invited to perform at huge festivals around the world, including a headlining slot at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals. Sadly, it seems the goth-rock pioneers are content with just playing live shows and have no intention of releasing new music anytime soon.

The reason behind the lack of new material is that the band wants to focus on giving great performances, azcentral.com reports. The Cure won’t even test any unheard material during their festival appearances to gauge the crowd’s reaction. According to frontman Robert Smith, they don’t feel it’s necessary to keep releasing new music just because they’re traveling so much.

”We’ve been going for so long that we don’t feel the urge to capitalize on everything all the time,” Smith says. I mean, we’re headlining pretty much every major European festival and we won’t have anything released.”

The singer continues:

Anyone else would be tearing their hair out. They’ll be like, ‘You’re idiots!’ And perhaps we are. It’s almost like we’ve gone full circle and we’re back to the point where we’re playing England’s Reading and Leeds festivals and I’m solely doing it because I want to be a good day.

The last proper Cure album to be released was 2008′s ’4:13 Dream.’ A part two of ’4:13 Dream’ was supposedly in the works since 33 songs were originally recorded for the record, but Smith has grown less fond of releasing the rest of the tracks.

“It’s one of those things that it’s been left so long now I expect it will come out as a half-finished sort of thing,” Smith told Hot Press last August. “I’m not sure if the band wants to complete it, which is sort of the elephant in the room.”

Another reason why the Cure are so reluctant to start recording a new album is that the quality would have to be on par with their previous work.

”To be honest, if we’re going to do something it has to be really good,” Smith tells NME. “That sort of goes without saying, but our quality control is very high, and if I don’t think that what we’re doing is good enough then there is no point in putting it out. Why should I?”

The Cure will headline the Reading Festival on August 24 and Leeds the very next night.

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