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Dreamcar at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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No Doubt hasn’t been heard from in quite some time. Not so its members -- at least the ones who aren’t named Gwen Stefani.

Guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young have formed a new band, Dreamcar, with fellow Cali rocker Davey Havok of AFI and Blaq Audio. The group, whose New Wave-derived sound is different than the members other bands, has released a debut album featuring 12 tracks from prolific sessions last summer. And it’s managing to wedge some live shows into the mix, despite Havok’s own busy year with AFI and its self-titled new album...

• Dreamcar was born back in 2015, when Dumont, Kanal and Young pondered their future after Stefani went on her latest solo venture and tenure on NBC’s “The Voice.” “We were just thinking about the idea of trying to keep playing music together,” Dumont, 49, says by phone. “I think the first time Gwen went solo way back so many years ago we all just kind of did our own musical projects separately. This time we just thought, ‘Look, we get along great, we have a musical chemistry, let’s try to keep it going.’ And, of course, we needed someone to be the singer, and the first person we thought of was Davey. Tony and Davey kinda travel in the same circles in L.A. We’ve seen him perform, and his band Blaq Audio opened for No Doubt back in 2012 and we were fans of AFI and everything. So we took Davey to dinner and talked to him about the idea and said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’”

• Dreamcar’s sound, according to Dumont, is “probably the common ground between all four of us. All of us have a very different musical palette, and Davey, with AFI, comes from one world and us with No Doubt come from another world. But that 80s kind of New Wave, New Romantic sound was a place we could all feel comfortable in, I think, pretty effortlessly. So that’s what kind of guided us stylistically.”

• For the No Doubt Trio, Dreamcar -- a band of four men -- is a decidedly different experience. “It was kind of like the beginning of a relationship and us and Davey getting to know each other through this process,” Dumont explains. “For the most part we have pretty similar sensibilities and a similar way of looking at the world, so we gelled personality-wise with Davey. Otherwise it wasn’t that different. In No Doubt it was great always having a girl around in the sense that, as guys, it kept us from just turning into a bunch of knuckleheads. It kept us behaving nicely and respectfully all the time. It was a good, positive, respectful culture in No Doubt all the time and that actually kind of continued with Davey.”

• Right now Dreamcar is “fitting in shows and little, tiny tours in the gaps in Davey’s schedule with AFI,” according to Dumont. But the musicians are eyeballing more new material for the future. “I think Tony and Adrian and I were just starting to talk about the idea of working on more Dreamcar music for the future while Davey’s on tour with AFI,” the guitarist says. “We only released 12 songs but we wrote close to 30, and we could just go off the deep end and do things that were new and fresh and different. We could experiment without fear of going too far -- but in the end the album isn’t crazy or avant garde or anything. But that freedom was kind of all over the album.

Though Dreamcar is rolling, Dumont remains hopeful that we haven’t heard he last from No Doubt. “A lot of people have a misconception that • No Doubt has broken up, and we never have,” he says. “I think it’s very clear Gwen is enjoying her time on TV and she made a solo album and toured last year. I think one thing our success and our long history has afforded us is the freedom for everybody to go and do their own projects, but we’ve never broken up and I think there’s a very good chance No Doubt will do something in the future. There are no plans in light of that, but me and Tony and Adrian are having a lot of fun getting to play together again. We’re just happy to get on stage and make music.”

If You Go:

• Dreamcar and Superjet

• Friday, May 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $28.

• Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: saintandrewsdetroit.com

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