WORDS AND PHOTOS BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Eccentric Davey, sexy Tony, bold Tom and energetic Adrian; all buckled in comfortably as Dreamcar. The four piece haven’t been publicly around for very long nor have they played many shows live yet but they managed to pack the Fonda Theatre in LA for their second night in a row at this same venue on 08/13/17. The previous nights at The Observatory in Orange County and as well as Fonda Theatre had sold out prompting the band to add this third night again in Los Angeles, CA. The band was currently filming a music video for their song “All Of The Dead Girls,” which made for an even more pumped up crowd, fun and wild stage performance and a memorable night in this beautiful theater.
It was a short show with only one opener before the main event with Dreamcar. The glamorous band Superet supported Dreamcar back in April and May on a few shows and their short tour so it only seemed fitting to bring them back for these three special nights. Playing danceable tunes and vibing off each other, the five friends enticed and hypnotized the crowd with their reclusive body movements and outlandish creation of sound.
A long thirty plus minutes between sets but the wait and anticipation only made it more exciting as the velvet curtains flew into the ceiling. One by one each member was handed their instruments and stepped forward towards the crowd filled with AFI and No Doubt fans who have fallen in love with this new project. Havok approached the mic and locked eyes with audience and gently said “We are Dreamcar.” From that moment on the crowd never let up. Moving from one end to the stage to the other, Havok displayed his true sex appeal when playing “Born To Lie” and “The Assailant” by undoing his tie and sliding it on and off his neckline and onto the microphone. And of course, girls went wild.
It wasn’t all Havok though that stole the stage that night, their female stage support literally “blue” the crowd away. Their blue haired female sax player stepped forward to perform a captivating solo. I don’t know if it was the lights illuminating her beautiful hair and sax or the smooth jazz sound itself, but I stood there entranced by her performance. Bassist Tony and guitarist Tom really shined through during the band’s cover of David Bowie’s “Suffragette City.” The duo never missed a note all the while playing in each other’s faces and smiling with a gleam in their eyes.
After a thirteen song boisterous set, the band all took a bow together and left the stage how they entered it, illuminated in blue with fans cheering “DREAMCAR!” After about a minute or so the guys and gals returned to the stage to play another classic cover, INXS’ “Don’t Change.” Hearing this cover flooded my mind full of memories hearing my late father play it blasting through our garage when I was a kid. The final serenade from Dreamcar for this night was their hit “Kill For Candy,” which left everyone still singing the lyrics loudly as they exited out into the streets and towards their cars.
This supergroup is easily one of the best formed for 2017. Four solid musicians stepped out of their normal music genre and created a whole new sound for themselves that portrays their growth and maturity as artists. I look forward to what the rest of the year holds for Dreamcar and can’t wait to see their new video for “All Of The Dead Girls” once it is released.
- After I Confessed
- The Assailant
- Born To Lie
- Slip On The Moon
- The Preferred
- Just What I Needed (The Cars Cover)
- On The Charts
- Don’t Let Me Love
- Do Nothing
- Ever Lonely
- Suffragette City (David Bowie Cover)
- All Of The Dead Girls
- Show Me Mercy
- Don’t Change (INXS Cover)
- Kill For Candy