An Interview With Simon
- You had some time of abstinence of playing gigs. Why do you play
only one concert in Germany? Why in Konstanz? In 1989 you had been the
headliner of the "Rock-am-See-Festival" ("Rock-at-the-lake-festival") as
- It wasn't that concert itself. We wanted to play on as many
summer festivals as possible. This simply means to get a time plan. A week
has passed since we played in Mailand, but there weren't any festival
in-between. On the planing of the tour, we tried to choose a dozen open
airs all around Europe. Meanwhile we already played in Italy, Greece,
Switzerland, Belgium, France, England and today in Germany.
- Many young bands have covered their favourite cure song. Which of
them is your favourite cover? I like "A Forest" by Waltari best.
- Don't know that... oh yes! A Scandinavian heavy metal band
has played "A Forest". Is that Waltari? Sounds amusing, really! Well, I
think, there are hundreds, if not to say a thousand of bootlegs by The
Cure. And we play old songs like "A Forest" every time. Played in the
encore, some versions easily become a length of 10 to 15 minutes. Now you
can imagine how many versions there are - just played by The Cure. The song
permanently changes. It grows in itself, is different and new every time we
play it. I - for myself - have no favourite cover version of any Cure song.
- If you were asked to say some final words about the quarrel with
Lol, what would you say?
- Personally I regret how Lol excluded from the band. I don't
necessarily feel bad. Because of his behaviour Lol was becoming an
outsider. If you see it like that, it is negative for him to quit the
group. It has much to do with his person. Unfortunately it is a fact that
we maybe could have find a new beginning concerning him if only healing
time would have go over the wounds. I don't think he could have returned to
the band but at least we had have a friendly relationship towards him.
Yeah, I had have imagined that. At a private level we could have remain
friends. I consider this to be excluded after this long, extensive lawsuit.
This wound won't heal for a long time for he has brought so many
disturbances to the band. An album had to postponed therefore. The lawsuit
cost a lot of money and caused a greater amount of trouble. The worst thing
of that thing was: It was totally unfair! And Lol has known it. He had had
such a good life, even after his quit. He could have bring his life in
order. Then he had be assured. This is why I say I regret this. It is a
shame. It's a pity.
- Do you know what he's doing at the time?
- I've heard some rumours that I don't want to spread 'cause
they are rumours. But if half of them are the truth he just has a bad time.
I don't know if he plans to make music. As you may heard he's founded a
band called "The Presence".
- It doesn't mean a thing to me.
- I don't think you can get material by them from anywhere. But
the fact you haven't heard something of them yet shows the extensions of
- What can we expect from your next album?
- Altogether, it sounds softer. Disintegration probably comes
nearer to it as Wish does. But it will be different for sure because we use
real strings instead of keyboard sounds. When I listen to the demos that
we've already recorded it seems to me that Robert has gone an other way of
song writing on the half of the songs. New arrangements, new kinds of
- Are you well at this?
- Of course. The style of music doesn't change that much only
because Robert takes the songwriting different.
- What do you think of electronic music?
- I like that the bands can keep their private sphere if they
like it. Many of the electronic music, i.e. Acid, Ambient or Techno, is
directly sampled and then is only put together by DJs. All kinds of
Singles, CDs and tapes pile up at them. A big store of electronic sounds.
But the people making those music mustn't exist as a band necessarily. The
just work together; thus there are so many different names for new
projects. But you don't know who composes this music or how does he look
The good thing is, that only the music itself counts w/o an image of face
belonging to it. Actually, I don't listen to that sound; it's a completely
different world. But I can appreciate this breaking-through-the-barrier.
You just can't look at the band and say that you can't stand it before you
hasn't really listen to their music. That takes the prejudice `cause you
just judges their music and you don't care about how they look like.
- How do you assess Industrial or Crossover?
- There is an immense power behind it. NINE INCH NAILS are a
good example. Electronic music is often very stereotyped looked at. But
this example shows that very much energy and emotions can impart with it.
- Here in Germany, a clear trend toward electronic music has developed
just within the field of independent music. In England it has not.
- If I were ask what have changed I'd say that just before 10
years all British bands sounded like Sisters of Mercy or The Cure. Germany
seems more progressive. But somehow this movement toward electronic music
has happened behind my back. Since I go rarely to clubs to dance, I can't
really say something exact. During a tour, when we come from the stage and
want to get rid of our adrenaline, this is the only occasion to me to dance
to some music. Since we worked on recordings in the last nine months, I
hardly had time to go out at all.
- Then I'd like to thank you for your responses and that you have took
time so short before the time.
- I thank you, too.
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