A Reflection - Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) [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.
Gregor Mackintosh is the lead guitarist for the english band Paradise Lost where he has played since its beginning, back in 1988. He has also collaborated on other projects such as Vallenfyre and Strigoi.
A REFLECTION - GREGOR MACKINTOSH
As with most of my early musical adventures as a young teen, my older brother's record collection was where I found out about music.
From punk and oi to goth and new wave, he had all the cool stuff. This is also where I first heard The Cure. I started with the first album and worked forwards.
It was around 1984, so the tracks that initially stood out to me from those early records were 'A Forest' and 'Hanging Garden' amongst others.
As time went on, I kind of lost touch with them as they became more of an upbeat chart friendly band. However, there were times in the 90’s that I heard more of the dark side of the Cure that I found inspiring - like the tracks 'Burn' and 'Never Enough' which led to me asking the engineer on those tracks, Brian New, to work on a few Paradise Lost tracks.
We also came into contact with them a couple of times in the 90’s. We played some festivals with them and we loved their simple, beautiful light shows using white silks which directly influenced our stage show for our ‘One Second’ album tours.
Whilst recording our ‘Icon’ album at Jacobs Studios in Surrey, UK in ‘93 a fleet of blacked out vehicles turned up for the band recording next which turned out to also be the Cure. Not very understated but very cool.
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Interview publication, January 27, 2022