Ghouls Don’t Cry: CONTACT preview their Halloween set as The Cure


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Chalk this one up to the mighty Ian Camfield.

A few weeks back, when CONTACT released their infectious new single “Gravekeeper,” the legendary British radio host/producer, now holding it down in the desert at ALT AZ, dropped a quote that stopped us cold. “With their dark lyrics and illuminating melodies, CONTACT have the sound and ability to be this generation’s The Cure,” Camfield stated.

High praise, of course, and probably a bit unfair to the Boston trio.

But it got us thinking: CONTACT’s knack for melody and brooding lyrical tone are certainly from Robert Smith’s darkened pop galaxy, so what if we heard the iconic music of The Cure filtered through the CONTACT lens? With that, we asked them to take part in this year’s HaloVVeen show, Tuesday (October 31) at Hojoko in Boston, and the lads agreed.

“When we were asked to play this show as The Cure originally we had some trepidation as we are trying to finish a record and work on our own songs,” says CONTACT frontman Matt Rhoades. “However, I am so stoked we decided to do this as it has helped me look at my songs a little differently. We all studied The Cure songs and definitely are looking at their structures, synths, and chord progressions in a new way.”

Check out a snippet via Soundcloud of CONTACT in their studio busting out a bit of “Boys Don’t Cry.” We’re not big on spoilers here at Vanyaland, but safe to say we’ll hear that at Hojoko. It fits the blueprint perfectly, and is a sonic bridge between The Cure and CONTACT.

“The Cure have always influenced me melodically but now I am realizing how well Robert Smith manipulates pop song structures,” Rhoades adds. “It’s actually incredible how simple yet complex his songs are.”

VANYALAND HALLOVVEEN WITH CONTACT AS THE CURE, THE KILLERS AS WESTERN EDUCATION, AND THE CLLCTV DJs :: Tuesday, October 31 at Hojoko, 1271 Boylston St. in Boston, MA :: 8 p.m., all ages, no cover with RSVP :: RSVP page :: Facebook event page