Anticipation has been building for this record as most fans wondered if The Cars would ever reform, let alone record and release new music. "This is not a reunion — it's more like a conjunction," Cars frontman Ric Ocasek told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "I never thought I'd make another Cars record," he claims, citing "the past, personalities and Ben's passing away" — the death in 2000 of bassist-singer Benjamin Orr.
But a year ago, Ocasek — a producer and periodic solo artist — 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.
If 24 years has been too long a wait for you, and you just can’t live without it for a few more days, The Cars are now streaming the full album here.
The Cars kick off a 2-week tour next week to launch the new album.
THE CARS 2011 TOUR
05/10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
05/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
05/13 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
05/15 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
05/20 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
05/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/25 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
05/26 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues