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CHINO MORENO Explains ROBERT SMITH's Guest Spot On One Of CROSSES' New Songs

It goes deeper than just needing a good guest.

Crosses 2023

Crosses – the band featuring Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and Shaun Lopez of Far fame – released their first full-length album in nine years Goodnight, God Bless, I Love U, Delete. this October. One very notable guest on the record was The Cure frontman Robert Smith on the song "Girls Float † Boys Cry", which Moreno explained to Paste Magazine was a choice that went far beyond simply needing a gothy guest.

"If you listen to The Cure from the late '70s when they first started, their sound has gone through so many stages. Robert can do a lot of different things—musically, and with his voice as well—so it wasn't like, 'Oh, I didn't know this about Robert' until I worked with him.'

"I feel like I've always [been aware of his range]. With the song that we worked on, 'Girls Float † Boys Cry', it wasn't so much the music itself that made me want to have him on there. I feel like there are little nods to The Cure within the song, but that wasn't it. For me, that was one of the saddest songs in this whole batch. It was maybe a little over two years ago when that musical bed for that was first created, and… I don't want to say I wasn't in a good place, but I was just sad.

"Everything I say in that song is exactly the way I was feeling. And then it had kind of been put on the back burner. When we brought it back out, I had to complete the lyrics and go in and actually sing the song. I wasn't in the same place—thankfully—but it was such a snapshot of that time that I was able to dive-in to that moment for a minute and remember what I was feeling.

"One of my favorite things about Robert Smith is his ability to to really convey the sadness within a song. I just so happen to lean a lot towards the more melancholy Cure stuff, and the sadder Cure songs are some of my favorites. So I thought, 'If I can get Robert, this would be the perfect song to have him take part in.'

"Luckily, he obliged. I already had the lyrics when I sent him the song, and he texted me back, 'I would love to do this.' I was like, 'Whoa!' Even at that time, it didn't sink in. I'd talked to him over the years about working together on something but, you know, I wasn't sure it was ever going to really happen—not until he sent the vocal back with his voice singing these words that I wrote. That's when it really hit me, like 'Wow, this is something I wouldn't have believed if you'd told me 20 years ago.'"

Crosses has a boatload of tour dates coming up in 2023, all of which you can get tickets for here.

2/7 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
2/9 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
2/10 Kansas City, MO- The Truman
2/12 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
2/13 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
2/14 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
2/16 Toronto, ON – History
2/17 Montreal, QC – Théâtre Beanfield
2/19 Boston, MA – House of Blues – Boston
2/20 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
2/21 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore – Silver Spring
2/23 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
2/24 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
2/25 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
2/27 Houston, TX – House of Blues – Houston
2/28 Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Dallas
3/1 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
3/5 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
3/6 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
3/7 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
3/9 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
3/10 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
3/11 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
6/7 Nürburgring, GER – Rock am Ring
6/9 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park

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