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New Cars Album Out This Week

Written by Barnaby Smith on May 5, 2011

This Friday will see the release of the first album in 24 years from American New Wave pioneers The Cars.

The album, entitled Moves Like This, is the band’s first album since 1987, with Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton, David Robinson and Ric Ocasek reconvening to make their first record without bass player Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000 of pancreatic cancer.

Undercover.fm flags up the story, and quotes guitarist Ocasek as saying, “I just thought, it’s been a long time since I played with these guys… but they’re the ones that will do the best job.  They’re the ones that I wouldn’t have to explain things to, they wouldn’t have to get used to the way I write, they’re already inundated with all that.  I’ll just put out a feeler and see if they’d be interested in doing it.”

The new album also offers the chance to reappreciate The Cars’ back catalogue, such as major albums Heartbeat City, Panorama and Candy-O. Keyboardist Hawkes says, “Without wanting to brag, I think our music has held up pretty darn well… I’m always surprised and moved when I hear other musicians say how they’ve been influenced by The Cars.  I’m very grateful for that.”

Moves Like This is out through Universal Music.

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