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Chino Moreno Reveals Why He Really Sought Out The Cure’s Robert Smith For Crosses’ Latest Album


Chino Moreno, vocalist/guitarist for the acclaimed platinum-certified alternative metal outfit Deftones, landed a rather esteemed guest cameo on the latest album (“Goodnight, God Bless, I Love U, Delete.“) from his side project with Shaun Lopez, Crosses (†††). None other than Robert Smith, vocalist/guitarist for multi-platinum goth rock/new wave icons The Cure, lent his talents to that record, appearing on the song “Girls Float † Boys Cry“.

While one would assume that the pleasure of working with one of his idols would be reason enough, Moreno recently explained to Paste Magazine that it wasn’t even the music itself that inspired him to reach out to Smith. Rather it was the sadness Moreno felt during the original writing of the song and Smith‘s ability to convey that emotion.

Moreno explained:

“If you listen to The Cure from the late ‘70s when they first started, their sound has gone through so many stages. Robert can do a lot of different things—musically, and with his voice as well—so it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know this about Robert‘ until I worked with him.’

I feel like I’ve always [been aware of his range]. With the song that we worked on, ‘Girls Float † Boys Cry‘, it wasn’t so much the music itself that made me want to have him on there. I feel like there are little nods to The Cure within the song, but that wasn’t it. For me, that was one of the saddest songs in this whole batch. It was maybe a little over two years ago when that musical bed for that was first created, and… I don’t want to say I wasn’t in a good place, but I was just sad.

Everything I say in that song is exactly the way I was feeling. And then it had kind of been put on the back burner. When we brought it back out, I had to complete the lyrics and go in and actually sing the song. I wasn’t in the same place—thankfully—but it was such a snapshot of that time that I was able to dive-in to that moment for a minute and remember what I was feeling.

One of my favorite things about Robert Smith is his ability to to really convey the sadness within a song. I just so happen to lean a lot towards the more melancholy Cure stuff, and the sadder Cure songs are some of my favorites. So I thought, ‘If I can get Robert, this would be the perfect song to have him take part in.’

Luckily, he obliged. I already had the lyrics when I sent him the song, and he texted me back, ‘I would love to do this.’ I was like, ‘Whoa!’ Even at that time, it didn’t sink in. I’d talked to him over the years about working together on something but, you know, I wasn’t sure it was ever going to really happen—not until he sent the vocal back with his voice singing these words that I wrote. That’s when it really hit me, like ‘Wow, this is something I wouldn’t have believed if you’d told me 20 years ago.'”

Outside of decades of fandom, Moreno and The Cure haven’t been strangers to each other. Outside of past meetings, Deftones have paid tribute to The Cure with a cover of “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep“, while Robert Smith also contributed a remix of Deftones‘ “Teenager” to their “White Pony” remix album, “Black Stallion“.

You can read more from Moreno and Lopez over at Paste Magazine. Look for the band out on tour next year, plaing the following run of shows:

02/07 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
02/09 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
02/10 Kansas City, MO- The Truman
02/12 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
02/13 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
02/14 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
02/16 Toronto, ON – History
02/17 Montreal, QC – Théâtre Beanfield
02/19 Boston, MA – House of Blues – Boston
02/20 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
02/21 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore – Silver Spring
02/23 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
02/24 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
02/25 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
02/27 Houston, TX – House of Blues – Houston
02/28 Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Dallas
03/01 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
03/05 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
03/06 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
03/07 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03/09 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/10 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
03/11 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
06/07 Nürburgring, GER – Rock am Ring
06/09 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park

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