In the world of modern rock, THE CURE stands as a shining beacon of creativity and inspiration. For more than four decades, this legendary British band, led by the enigmatic Robert Smith, has been synonymous with groundbreaking contributions to alternative, post-punk, and gothic rock. While THE CURE’s music often carries a touch of melancholy, their spellbinding melodies have uplifted and motivated countless fans across the globe.
In November 2014, Alfa Matrix unveiled a tribute album to THE CURE titled “A Strange Play – An Alfa Matrix Tribute To The Cure.” Fast forward nine years, and we’re thrilled to present a fresh tribute with vol.2 in the series featuring electro, synth pop, EBM acts from the label but also more cold wave, post punk, gothic rock oriented bands from our Spleen+ division.
And while we are all patiently waiting for the ever-delayed release of THE CURE’s new studio album(s) (!?), let us all enjoy the 27 cover versions gathered on this compilation, reexploring the band’s amazing discography through takes on classic hit songs but also more obscure B-tracks. These cover versions bringing forward unexpected details from the original songs or giving them a total new sonic perspective.
Compiled by and for THE CURE fans, we are joined in this new tribute adventure by the growing roster of Spleen+ artists NOEMI AURORA, STAR INDUSTRY, IMJUDAS, THE ULTIMATE DREAMERS, THE BREATH OF LIFE or yet LOVELORN DOLLS, but also synth & elektro cult and upcoming Alfa Matrix acts in the likes of NEUROACTIVE, ARMAGEDDON DILDOS, IMPLANT, DARKNESS ON DEMAND (ex-DANCE OR DIE), HELLE9 (ALIEN VAMPIRES side-project), METROLAND, AESTHETISCHE feat. ZOMBIE GIRL, AIBOFORCEN, TECHNOIR, KANT KINO, DIGITAL FACTOR, REGENERATOR, LIGHTS AM. (ESSENCE OF MIND solo-project), NEIKKA RPM, FIRST AID 4 SOULS, DIFFUZION, AVARICE IN AUDIO, ELEKTROKLÄNGE, CIRCUMPOLAR and COSMIC ARMCHAIR.
THE CURE was, is, and will continue to be a major influence and reference, conscious or not, for many underground artists and music lovers. We hope that together with us you will rediscover THE CURE in a way you didn’t expect, cruising through their vast catalogue in different soundscapes but always remaining faithful to the band’s darker sound.