Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Cars talk new album, reunion

The buzz around news that The Cars are back together has been simmering for months, following teases of new song clips posted online by the legendary 70's New Wave band.

The recent announcement that the band’s new album, “Move Like This,” is due for release on May 10 is sure to turn the heat up even more.

For a band that’s been away for 24 years, fans will see this is a Cars reunion – even without bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000 – but band leader Ric Ocasek has a different take.

“This is not a reunion — it's more like a conjunction,"
Ocasek tells Rolling Stone in a new interview for their March 3 issue. "I never thought I'd make another Cars record," he claims, citing "the past, personalities and Ben's passing away."

But a year ago, Ocasek found himself with new songs, "a lot of which I liked," he says. "It dawned on me: 'What if I called the guys? They'll do the best job, because they already know the whole thing.'"

“Move Like This” was recorded last year in Los Angeles and upstate New York by the entire surviving band: Ocasek, drummer David Robinson, guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboard player Greg Hawkes. Gareth "Jacknife" Lee, who has worked with U2 and R.E.M., produced five tracks; the band did the rest.

"I wouldn't mind doing more records," Ocasek adds, although he is leery of touring. "This is not 'We're back, and you're gonna hear the hits.'" Rumors of Coachella or Lollapalooza gigs this year are, so far, just that. "It might be fun to do a couple of shows," Ocasek says.

Read more on The Cars at Rolling Stone here.

The album’s first single, “Sad Song,” will hit radio in mid-March; the band posted a short teaser clip of it last month.

The Cars – Sad Song (clip) (2010)

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