A Reflection - Darrin Huss (Psyche) [EN]

‘A Reflection’, my space that with the support of Hispacure, the Official Fan Collective of The Cure in Spain, I ask artists and cultural agents to tell me about their favorite songs and albums of The Cure.

Darrin Huss is a composer and vocalist for the Canadian band Psyche, a pioneer band in their country in the 'dark synthpop' sound. Active since 1982, the dramatic soundscapes with a touch of Gothic atmosphere and drum machines are the perfect accompaniment to Darrin's passionate and theatrical staging.



My fascination for The Cure started the first time I heard 'Fire In Cairo' on a University Radio Station in Edmonton, Canada.

I loved the unique plaintive vocal of Robert Smith. The psychedelic spacey sounding guitar, and otherworldly style of the song.  I was about 15 or 16 years old, and bought the first album. Loved every song 'Grinding Halt', 'Three Imaginary Boys', 'Subway Song' all kind of spooky and futuristic sounding to my ears at the time. 

I am old school so my favorite era of The Cure is of course the first 4 albums, but also 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me', and 'Disintegration' were my soundtrack of the later 80s. Other than 'Bloodflowers' I didn’t really follow the later music. 

My favorite songs are 'Charlotte Sometimes', 'The Blood', and I was pretty obsessed with 'Seventeen Seconds', 'Faith', and 'Pornography', so those are still my favourite albums. An all time favourite song for me is 'Fascination Street'. It’s perfection. 

The lyrics of The Cure inspired me. Often trying to interpret the meanings especially on 'Pornography'. The moods and atmospheres of the early work always seemed to be like messages from outer space. Warnings from the future.

So far we have covered 'Charlotte Sometimes' for an early tribute to The Cure that we were involved in way back in 2003. Then we did 'Faith' for a compilation called 'Other Voices'. Most recently I decided to do 'Just One Kiss' in a Synthpop style because the extended mix on the B Side of 'Let’s Go To Bed' is also in my top 5 most beloved songs of The Cure. We haven’t performed our cover versions live yet, but may add Just One Kiss to the repertoire in the future. It was made originally for my Spirits of Lockdown EP on Bandcamp, but is also out on streaming outlets as well as our video on YouTube.

‘Just One Kiss’ cover -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_1ZynQMSl0

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Published on  January 27th, 2022