A Reflection - Robert Bustamante (Fektion Fekler) [EN]
Robert Bustamante is a musician from Texas. He and his brother John formed the music project Fektion Fekler in the early 1990s. The band will release a new album in early 2023 via the 'Re:Mission Entertainment' label. In this label are bands like Dead Voices on Air or Mentallo & the Fixer.
I first heard The Cure when I was about 14 years old. It was the single "Boy's Don't Cry". By that time the song had been around for several years before it would make its way to Texas. I instantly liked the melody and vocals. To me it was a lighter version of punk music. And the guitar playing style was something I had never heard before. Texas at that time had two styles of guitar on the radio: hard rock or country, nothing else! But it wouldn't be until "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" came out that I would really get into the Cure. There's just to many good songs to say any one is my favorite, but; "Why Can't I be You, Just Like Heaven, Close to Me, Lullaby, Let's Go to Bed, In Between Days, Fight" etc, etc. Really a lot their pop songs.
I love the melody and vocals. The vocals I think had the biggest impact on me. There's always this sense of sadness and the high notes are essentially one step below crying. There's just so much emotion in his voice that it's hard not to to get an emotional feel from his music and connect with it...I remember as a teenager I would walk the streets of San Antonio, Texas, late at night during winter playing "Disintegration" on my Walkman...then "Lullaby" would come on and I would feel this warmth come over me.
During the mid eighties the Cure represented, to me, an alternative to the music that was popular at the time. The music and vocals were not of this earth and for a kid trying to find myself, that was a very cathartic experience. As I felt I just didn't quit fit in (don't we all.) I was a bit strange. And the Cures music made me feel that was perfectly acceptable...to be on the fringe and enjoy the view...and that's where I've been ever since. Taking in the view with the Cure as part of my life's soundtrack.
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Interview publication, September 14, 2022