Paul Banks

Lovesong (from Dis­in­te­gra­tion, 1989)

Q (UK) - - Cure -

“Sorry to the su­per­fans if that’s not a cool, orig­i­nal choice, but I do like that one a lot. I like The Cure when they go kind of dancey, but what re­ally gets me is when [ Robert Smith]’ s se­ri­ous and melan­choly, it’s like no­body re­ally gets that deep emo­tion­ally as he does. It’s a bit like Nine Inch Nails in Hurt, there’s just some­thing where he’s scratch­ing all the way down to some kind of deep pain and it’s not shouted, there’s some­thing lan­guid and tragic and melan­choly about it. It just hits that chord beau­ti­fully. That beau­ti­ful mis­ery. We did the Cu­riosa tour with them in 2004. It’s all a bit of a blur, I was pretty hard­core in those days, but we used to have these af­ter-par­ties and it was all these great bands, The Cure and Mog­wai, Melissa Auf der Maur, Muse… it was a great fuck­ing bill, just hav­ing fun watch­ing amaz­ing mu­sic and a sense of com­mu­nity. There’d be this bar they’d set up where all the bands could min­gle. It was re­ally fun, and I went for it.”

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