Retaining their iconic allure, The Cure's every motion is devoured by countless fans.
Robert Smith, though, remains stubbornly immune from all this. The frontman has a pleasingly downbeat attitude to the band's output, and recently spoke at length about their forthcoming album.
New LP '4:14 Scream' is the follow up to 2008's '4:13 Dream'. Essentially, the two sets form a loose double album - except using slightly different personnel.
Speaking to XFM, Robert Smith said: "We're in a weird predicament in that I've finished singing and mixing an album that was made by a band that no longer exists. I'm not sure it happens that often. This band is trying to make an album with this lineup, and it's an album that I'm tempted to make, that's really different to anything else we've done. So trying to be convinced that I should release the second half of what is an effectively an album that came out in 2008, it's a bit of a sore point, really, to be honest, amongst this current lineup."
Initially, '4:14 Scream' was to form the second half of 2008's release - until Smith scrapped his vocal parts. "I just never sang it because I couldn't be bothered," he said. "I just didn't think the words were good enough."
Now featuring completely re-written words, '4:14 Scream' is due to be released shortly.