Mixing new wave style with alternative rock beats, Dreamcar has been described as a supergroup by some music critics. This is because the band is made up of three members of the highly successful third-wave ska and rock band, No Doubt, plus Davey Hovak, known for his work with AFI and XTRMST. In fact, Dreamcar has developed its own style, which differs from both No Doubt and Hovak's harder rock approach. Elements of pure pop and even New Romantic styles have been detected in their work since they formed in 2016.
Although No Doubt broke up in 2004, they had a highly successful reunion in 2009, causing many fans to believe the act would continue to write, record and perform, despite the successful solo career of their lead singer, Gwen Stefani. However, as of 2013, the band went into a period of hiatus and the idea of Dreamcar began to form. In 2016, Adrian Young, No Doubt's drummer, informed the music press that he was working on a project that didn't sound like No Doubt.
Young formed the rhythm section of Dreamcar along with Tony Kanal on bass. Both had been in No Doubt since the 1980s and featured on all six of their studio albums. The band's guitar player was Tom Dumont, also a No Doubt member and a record producer in his own right. When the three were reported as working with the rock vocalist, Davey Hovak, some fans thought that he was potentially being set up to replace Stefani in No Doubt. However, Hovak soon quashed such rumours, making it clear that his involvement was strictly for a new project, Dreamcar.
Throughout 2016, Dreamcar were in the studio, working on completely new material for the band. Much of it with an ’80s vibe, and mixing electronic sounds with more traditional rock instrumentation, Dreamcar's sound developed while working on their debut album. This was simply entitled Dreamcar and was put out by Columbia Records in May 2017. It was an immediate success, landing the number 12 spot in the US Top Alternative Albums and number 20 in the Top Rock Albums. Scheila Gonzalez, the Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, featured on the album, playing the saxophone. She toured with the band for a while before being replaced by Gabrial McNair.
Dreamcar has released two singles from their first album. The first of these was “Kill for Candy”, which was used to promote the album before its release. It reached a high of number 28 in the US Alternative Songs Billboard. “All of the Dead Girls” was chosen for the band's follow-up single.
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