The Silence Kit | Robert Smith Interview
The videos of Pat McCay of The Silence Kit interviewing Robert Smith of The Cure are on YouTube (you can watch below).
It was a great interview. We talked about the recent lineup changes, a question I'd always had about "Burn" from The Crow soundtrack, the future of the band, solo material, the then-forthcoming "4:13 Dream" album, "Charlotte Sometimes" and Penelope Farmer, the remasters, "The Top," key-tars and more. And we laughed a whole lot more than you'd probably expect.
It was an honor to sit down with him and ask the questions I've had for so long, and to finally get a chance to thank him for all the years of great music. And, of course, I also took the moment to give him a copy of our "A Strange Labor" and "In Regulated Measure" CDs, and as I did, I said "I know you're really busy and probably won't have a chance to listen to it," but he stopped me and said, "No! Thank you - It's a LONG bus trip." After the interview, I (Pat) went backstage and met Simon and Jason, and spoke with Robert again and got some pictures taken before the show. We took our seats, The Cure went on and put on a fantastic-and-keyboardless set, with Porl back on lead guitar. It was definitely a memorable night.
Here are the questions that I didn't get to ask:
# The Cure was one of the first bands I knew of to have an official site that was handled by the band (by you, in fact, Robert). And you've since been known to appear on thecure.com's messageboard to make announcements at times. How do you feel about this level of interaction that you can now have with your fans, that the internet makes possible?
# Speaking of the last album, how involved were you with the track choices, as far as the different countries' bonus tracks? I found the songs left off the U.S. version were some of my favorite songs on the album.
# Have you had any contact with Lol Tolhurst within the last few years?
# If you were starting The Cure today, in a climate where record stores are going out of business, record labels are in financial troubles, and internet presence seems at times to make or break a band, how would you go about getting started? Do you think it's easier for bands today or harder, to get things going and to get people to listen?
Once the interview was going I could tell things were definitely going off onto tangents that were far more intersting than my planned questions, so I went with it.