After the announcement last year that AFI frontman Davey Havok would be teaming up with the No Doubt instrumental section of Adrian Young on drums, Tom Dumont on guitar and Tony Kanal on bass in a group named Dreamcar, anticipation has been through the roof for an album and live shows. With the song “Kill for Candy” released a couple weeks ago and the fans now having a taste of their 80’s inspired new wave sound, the band put on an intimate performance with their live debut at The Constellation Room inside The Observatory in Santa Ana on Wednesday night April 5.
With a capacity of about 250 people The Constellation Room is a great place to see a show on a small stage. The night started about 8:30pm as Sharp/Shock, a punk infused trio played an energetic set and did a fantastic job of warming up the capacity crowd for Dreamcar.
At about 9:30pm the lights dimmed and the members of Dreamcar took the stage, each with a huge smile on their face and opened the show with “After I Confessed” as the crowd was ecstatic as the band took those lucky enough to be in attendance on a 60 minute journey of never before heard music with a few cover songs thrown in.
Havok dressed in a pink suit, shirt and tie was his usual flamboyant self and very animated as he belted out the vocals. The small stage almost looked like an arena due to the bright floor lights shining upward and the flashing lights behind the band. They played 12 original songs of which should all be on their self-titled debut due on May 12 and two cover songs. The band’s sound was definitely 80’s new wave influenced similar to Duran Duran or INXS.
Drummer Adrian Young led the way with his hard pounding style complimented by Tony Kanal’s bass and of course Tom Dumont got to shine in many different ways with this style of music. The band interacted well onstage with lots of eye contact with each other and friendly smiles. Complementing the four members were two background singers and a keyboardist/Saxaphonist, all of which added to the unique sound of the music.
The band started their encore with an amazing cover of “Don’t Change” by INXS and ended the night with the one song everyone was familiar with “Kill for Candy”. An epic night for this superstar band and they do it all again on Thursday night April 6 in the same place before playing two shows at The Roxy in Hollywood and then playing to bigger crowds at Coachella.
After I Confessed | The Assailant | Born to Lie | Slip on the Moon | The Preferred | Moonage Dream (David Bowie cover) | On the Charts | Do Nothing | Ever Lonely | Don’t Let Me Love | All the Dead Girls
Encore: Don’t Change (INXS cover) | Show Me Mercy | Kill for Candy