Review of The End Of The World Single by The Cure

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The Cure - The End Of The World - Released19th July

The Cure to release brand new single a week after only UK live appearance

The legendary band will follow up the release of their new album with a single that carries their instantly recognisable style on July 19th. ‘The End Of The World’ will please lifelong Cure fans as it stays true to the band’s classic sound while new fans will be drawn in by the Cure’s unique take on the three and a half minute pop song. The track is lifted from the forthcoming self-titled album due for release on June 28th.

The new material is the band’s first since 2000’s ‘Bloodflowers’, and their first since signing to Geffen Records / I Am Records. The latter is the imprint of producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit, At The Drive In), lifelong Cure fan and the man behind the desk for The Cure’s thirteenth studio album. Rolling Stone have already described the new material as The Cure’s best work since 1989’s ‘Disintegration’.

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Shortly before ‘The End Of The World’ is released, The Cure will play their only confirmed UK appearance, headlining the Move festival at Manchester’s Trafford cricket ground on July 9th. Other live performances for the band include a string of European festival dates and the Curiosa Festival 2004, a string of very special US dates. The Curiosa bill will include The Cure headlining with support coming from Interpol, the Rapture and Mogwai with Muse, Thursday, Auf Der Mar and Cooper Temple Clause all playing on a second stage.

Led as always by singer/guitarist Robert Smith, The Cure line-up since 1994 comprises long-time bass player Simon Gallup, guitarist Perry Bamonte, drummer/percussionist Jason Cooper, and keyboardist Roger O'Donnell.

The band is currently enjoying a huge resurgence of interest. Earlier this year, Fiction Records released a four CD 70-song boxed set, ‘Join the Dots: B-sides & Rarities 1978- 2001’. Among a number of genre-spanning collaborations undertaken in the past few months, Smith has sung on the track ‘All Of This’ from the new Blink 182 album and the dance smash ‘Da Hype’ with Junior Jack. A generation of new bands such as Interpol, The Rapture and Hot Hot Heat have been outspoken in their admiration for The Cure and last year Q Magazine awarded the band a lifetime achievement award.

The Cure first formed in 1976 as Easy Cure. In 1978 the 'Easy' was dropped, and The Cure were signed to the Fiction label. In May 1979 their debut album 'Three Imaginary Boys' was released to great acclaim.

Other landmark Cure albums include ‘Pornography’ (1982), ‘The Head on the Door’ (1985), ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me’ (1987), ‘Disintegration’ (1989), ‘Wish’ (1992), ‘Wild Mood Swings’ (1996) and the Grammy-nominated ‘Bloodflowers’ (2000).

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