The Cure has confirmed that they have finished recording their first album in 10 years. The band's recording career started 40 years ago.
Speaking on a South African radio station in Capetown, lead singer Robert Smith said when asked what it was like being involved in music for 40 years: "We've enjoyed it and we've just recorded a new album for the first time in 10 years. I'm still doing this for the right reasons."
When asked about his image on The John Maytham Show he said: "I suppose there is an image to do with the band, primarily based on the spiky hair which is going slightly gray now, smeared lipstick and so forth and eye make up."
"When we first started we had no photos, I didn’t want people to know who we were as we wanted them to listen to the music and not prejudge us and think we were a punk band, as we were kind of different, I played in a band called called Sioux and The Banshees for a while, I saw the audience and I liked the look.
"But the real reason is, I don’t really have well defined features and I just need make up on my face, it's true, for thousands of years people who stand on the stage, they get made up to show their features.
"I just like doing it, also as a Bowie fan from way back, I like, the way that he created characters, even though, I've only created one character and its pretty much me, it’s a bigger version, louder version of me and allows me to be a little bit more flamboyant, I'm not naturally a performer, it gives me a certain, I do know not courage, it gives me a lack of self awareness."
The Cure are among the headliners for this year's Glastonbury Festival.