Last month, The Cure announced 4:14 Scream, a sort of new album, recorded back in 2008 with their last record 4:13 Dream, and though it looks like it's still coming out sometime this summer, Robert Smith seems content to wave it out with a shrug.

"It's a bit of a sore point, to be honest, amongst this current line-up" he told XFM in an interview this weekend. After explaining how the band's line-up and priorities have changed since the album was recorded six years ago, "We're in a weird predicament in that I've finished singing and mixing an album that was made by a band that no longer exists. I'm not sure it happens that often. This band is trying to make an album with this line-up, and it's an album that I'm tempted to make, that's really different to anything else we've done."

But he doesn't blame his indifference entirely on the line-up changes or his urge to move onto something new, he just doesn't like the material; "It's not really new, I just never sang it. I couldn't be bothered. I didn't think the words were good enough, but I've re-written it. I'm at an age where I'm enjoying what I'm doing. I don't feel such a strong urge to beat people over the head with new stuff." The frontman has a refreshing sense of awareness of what new releasing new material can mean for band 13 albums deep, but he's not exactly inspiring much enthusiasm for his own work. It's that old question again.

If 4:14 Scream does ever come out, it'll be released on Fiction, the record label behind many of The Cure's classic albums from the '80s and '90s, in what Smith calls the "summer 'dead air' period for albums."

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