The Cure’s Robert Smith distances himself from the label ‘goth’

'Goth was like a pantomime to me'

The Cure‘s Robert Smith has distanced himself from the term ‘goth’, claiming that it feels like ‘pantomime’.

Smith is often seen to be a forefather and cultural leader within goth culture due to his vampiric appearance and the band’s dark themes, however he claims that it’s all entirely a coincidence.

When Time Out asked if the word ‘goth’ really means anything to him, Smith replied: “Not really! We got stuck with it at a certain time when goths first started.

“I was playing guitar with Siouxsie And The Banshees, so I had to play the part. Goth was like a pantomime to me. I never really took the whole thing seriously.”

The Cure's Robert Smith

The Cure’s Robert Smith

While hailing goth as a subculture “full of wonderful people” and that “every one he’s met has been nice”, Smith argued that his goth appearance was for aesthetic reasons and dramatic effect.

“It’s just a theatrical thing,” he continued. “It’s part of the ritual of going on stage. Also, there is the prosaic reason: I have ill-defined features and naturally pale skin. I mean, not at the moment, because I unfortunately fell asleep in the sun yesterday – very un-goth.”

Smith also paid tribute to Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, who tragically died last month. The band had been handpicked by Smith to play at the upcoming Meltdown Festival.

Robert Smith’s Meltdown kicks off on Friday June 15 with performances from The Psychedelic Furs, 65DaysOfStatic, JoyCut and DJ set from Kiasmos. Manic Street Preachers, Placebo, The Libertines, Mogwai, Nine Inch Nails and many more will also perform in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, The Cure will headline London’s Hyde Park as part of British Summer Time on Saturday July 7, where they’ll be joined by Interpol, Editors, Twilight Sad and more. Visit here for tickets and information.