Supergroups have the tendency to polarise listeners when their constituents come together to form sounds that are distant from their respective catalogues. DREAMCAR, formed between members of No Doubt and AFI, had initially cast uncertainty for its Gwen Stefani-less line-up when announced last year – but with the release of the first single, “Kill For Candy”, there’s now “no doubt” that the project is remote enough from either band’s catalogue to make for an interesting new direction.
Formed by No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young, and led by the vocal acrobatics of AFI frontman Davey Havok, the supergroup’s debut offering is a departure from both bands’ punk roots in favour of an ’80s-inspired sound more akin to The Cure. Produced by Sugarcult frontman Tim Pagnotta, “Kill For Candy” embraces swelling chorus and reverb-driven guitar melodies that throw back to the height of post-punk and new wave, while Havok’s vocal prowess takes centre stage to draw similarities to material off AFI’s Crash Love and Burials eras.
While there’s no word on whether the group’s forthcoming album will be bringing elements of ska or punk into the mix, fans will soon find out when the band takes the stage for a number of tour dates in April, including two dates at Coachella.
DREAMCAR’s debut album drops on May 12 on Columbia. For updates and tour dates, visit dreamcarmusic.com.