Perhaps this new darker sound from Robert Smith (The Maestro of Mope?) and company, was influenced by playing with Joy Division back in March 4th 1979, or perhaps it was his stint in Siouxsie & the Banshees after the departure of the “Blackheads”. One thing is certain—the introduction of Simon Gallup on Bass, as well as integrating keyboards with the sound (for this record via Matthieu Hartley) changed everything. Indeed—both of these elements became integral part of the The Cure and laid the foundation for three of their greatest records: “Seventeen Seconds”, “Faith”, and “Pornography”.
(There are several dates listed for the release of “A Forest”: March 28th, April 5th, and April 8th)