The supergroup you never imagined would happen has formed, releasing today their first official single. Called Dreamcar, the breakout band includes AFI frontman Davey Havok alongside No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young. They first formed in 2014, and have since been working on a full-length self-titled album, which will premiere May 12 on Columbia Records.
Dreamcar's lead single, "Kill For Candy," offers a taste of their "New Romantic" '80s-imbued sound, produced by Neon Trees' Tim Pagnotta. "There are a lot of things on the album that are Eighties-influenced," Kanal told Rolling Stone. "But I feel like what we've created is something very fresh and new, too. You have to find that balance, and I think we've achieved that."
The foursome first met when Havok's band Blaqk Audio supported No Doubt on tour, playing some shows at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater. Once he moved to LA, Kanal said they "literally courted" Havok and played him some demos at a restaurant, eventually collaborating more seriously in the studio. "It's almost like pressing the reset button and going back to the garage," Kanal said.
As for the future of No Doubt, Kanal said they're a family that will always be there, regardless of whether they're working on new music or not. "Right now Gwen's focusing on her solo stuff, and we're focusing on Dreamcar," he said, adding that Dreamcar is in no form a No Doubt reboot. "No Doubt will always be there; we've experienced things together that no one else will ever experience with us."