If you thought that this year’s Voodoo Fest was too heavy on ’90s music (with headliners Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails), salvation is at hand: They’ve added some ’80s music! Specifically the Cure, the only major band more depressed than NiN.
Originally formed by Robert Smith as a stripped-down guitar trio, the Cure discovered mood and atmospherics in a big way, landmark early albums Faith and Pornography were dense with foreboding. By the mid-80s the Cure had become a surprise commercial success, at first through giddy singles like “Let’s Go to Bed” and “Love Cats.” Yet the 1990 album Disintegration, perhaps their densest and moodiest, became the biggest hit of their career.
Though there hasn’t been a new album since 2008, Smith has kept the Cure on the festival circuit; this year they’re also playing Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits. Some classic-era members have recently gigged with the band, but the current line-up includes guitarist Reeves Gabrels, a Bostonian who was David Bowie’s henchmen in the ill-fated Tin Machine project and beyond.
Voodoo Fest takes place November 1-3 at City Park. Tickets are available here.