The band's Andy MacFarlane explained:
“After we recorded Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave I sent it to Robert to have a listen, and he said it was ‘BEAUTIFUL’. We wanted to do something special for the "It Never Was the Same" single, as it was going to be the last release from the album. I knew it was a pretty far-fetched idea, but thought I might as well chance my arm and ask Robert if he’d be up for covering one of our songs to feature as a double A-side. I couldn’t believe it when he replied, saying he’d like to cover "There’s a Girl in the Corner".
“He sent it over when we were playing San Francisco in March, and we listened to it over and over in the van, driving out after the gig. Hearing someone that we’ve all looked up to for so long sing and play one of our songs is definitely one of the most surreal moments we’ve ever had.”
Head over to The Guardian to find out more about how the unlikely collab took shape.
"It Never Was The Same"/"There's A Girl In The Corner" will be released on 15 June via FatCat.
Listen to the Robert Smith version below.