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Album Review: Dreamcar by Dreamcar

New wave ‘super group’ Dreamcar released their debut, self-titled, album via Columbia on 12th May. Featuring Davey Havok (AFI) on vocals and Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young from No Doubt, initial thoughts were that this was going to simply be No Doubt with Havok replacing Gwen Stefani, but it’s much more than that.

If you were to take a poll of fantasy super groups you’d doubt that the line up of Dreamcar feature heavily if at all. It’s the super group that nobody asked for, but the one that delivers the most.

In an interview with Alt Press Tony Kanal said that the album is “very inspired by all the ’80s stuff that we love. I would definitely say it’s a rock record”, and says the entire music-making process was very organic and unforced. “There was never really a conversation about what type of music we were making”, he says. “We were just making music, and it just worked.”

You’ll be hard pushed to hear more than just a smattering of AFI or No Doubt here, this is a pure 80s album full of grooves, prominent bass lines and post-punk atmospherics. Sure, there’s the pop sensibilities and instantaneousness of both AFI and No Doubt here but it’s contained within a different package. And what an infectious and insatiable listen it is.

Unlike many other super groups this feels like more than just a vanity project, there’s a sense of release – letting the creativity bubble and explode into something far greater than its sums. It’s a 80s pop record, forget about the goth punk or ska you’d expect of its creators – it’s pure unadulterated infectious pop that hankers for 40 years ago.

It’d be futile to look for standout tracks, it’s banger after banger each track offering up its own slab of pop that swirls around your head, gets stuck there and remains there for the rest of the day. While being immediate, it’s also a record that you’ll want to revisit multiple times, the dark pop of tracks like ‘Ever Lonely’ give the album a little more substance and longevity.

Hell, just listen to it immediately – you’ll either love it or loathe it, needless to say, we fall firmly into the former.

AD Rating 8.5/10

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