At the beginning of the year, AFI frontman Davey Havok revealed he had joined forces with members of No Doubt to form a new “supergroup.” Until recently, anything concerning the still-unnamed group had been kept quiet with the exception of having a full record full of songs ready to be released. Last time Havok spoke about the project, he had said that they were in the process of finding a record label to release the album. On Thursday (Nov. 17), those following the story were finally given at least one answer to the many question that were raised about the band in early 2016.
The new group which will feature Havok as well as No Doubt members Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young will officially go by Dreamcar. While the unveiling of the group’s name is a step in the right direction, it looks like they still have not found a record label to release the new material. The supergroup’s formation was announced back in February of 2016, but since then, everything has been quiet. The only other piece of information that has been given besides the name of the act and the members’ identities is that they are aiming for a 2017 release date.
While everything is quiet on the Dreamcar front, things for Havok and his main band, AFI are not. In late-October, the California-founded band confirmed the impending release of their tenth studio record, AFI (The Blood Album). The album, the follow-up to 213’s Burials, is set to be released on Jan. 20, 2017. In honor of the new album’s announcement, the band released two new tracks from the album; “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings.” Both track can be streamed here.
AFI and No Doubt? No, this isn’t a random coupling for a tour, rather, it looks like it might be the latest supergroup formation. On Thursday (Feb. 11), Billboardreleased an article about the formation of a yet-to-be-named band which will feature members of No Doubt and AFI. AFI frontman Davey Havok and No Doubt members Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young have reportedly already recorded an album and are currently shopping it around to record labels. While they have no label or official band name, they’ve already enlisted Green Day’s manager, Pat Magnarella, to manage them.
The report comes a few days after No Doubt frontwoman, Gwen Stefani revealed that she would be releasing her third, solo full-length record, This is What the Truth Feels Like in the spring. The new album is scheduled to hit stores on March 18. While there is no official word on whether this might be the end of No Doubt, it sounds like the California band will be put on pause once again.
In an interview with Billboard back in 2015, Young mirrored the sentiments about the band’s status. “We’re in a little bit of limbo right now,” he said, “so we’ll see where that takes us.”
As for Havok, the AFI singer has been involved in many music projects over the last couple of years. In 2014, the singer and fellow AFI bandmate, Jade Puget, formed XTRMST. Then, in December of 2015, bassist Hunter Burgan teased that the band would be returning with a simple message that read: “I know that many of you want to know what’s up with AFI. I can’t tell you much at the moment, but we have plans for 2016. Circle that year on your calendars.” In addition to that, their seventh studio album, Decemberunderground, will officially turn ten this summer.
What happens when you combine members of The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes and have them perform songs from Phil Collins and fellow artist, Jack White?
You get something call the Pop All Star Band, but don’t expect for this supergroup to go on and become a powerhouse of indie players.
Last week, Win Butler and his brother Will were joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture during a show in Montreal; the Arcade Fire’s hometown.
The special one-off performance happened during the halftime show of the Butler brothers’ annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game (you know, the one that Win always gets way into and does stupid stuff?).
The randomly chosen group, which also included the Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne took on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” as well as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”
As for the game itself, it looks like the Butler brothers’ team won which would explain why there hasn’t been any story as of yet of Win throwing a hissy-fit over a bad call.
Check out the video of the supergroup performing both tracks.