Davey Havok side project power rankings


#1

Hadn’t listened to the Dreamcar album in a few weeks and came back to it today. (Still digging it, excited to see them in LA this weekend.) It got me thinking about this though.

  1. Son of Sam - Songs From the Earth
  2. Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven
  3. Dreamcar s/t
  4. XTRMST live
  5. Blaqk Audio - Material
  6. XTRMST s/t
  7. Blaqk Audio - CexCells

#2

I love the idea you have here. It makes me wanna pop in Son of Sam.


#3

My list is your list but in reverse order. Not that big on BBH (my least favorite BA album) and Dreamcar has felt a little forgettable to me. It’s catchy as hell but not something that makes regular rotation.


#4

I have been guilty of thinking of DREAMCAR songs at work and then realizing later that I was thinking it was an AFI song. :flushed:


#5

I ended up liking Dreamcar way more than I thought I would based on Kill For Candy. Stylistically I think it represents the band well, but it’s not one of my favorite songs on the album.

After I Confessed sounds like Killing Joke-lite if they tried to rewrite Bowie’s “John, I’m Only Dancing”. Born to Lie has about three more hooks in the chorus than it even needs. The chorus of Don’t Let Me Love sounds like it came from some lost John Hughes movie. If the music industry made any sense, On the Charts would be everywhere this summer. There’s just a ton of stuff that clicked with me on that album.

EDIT: …and how could I forget, the fucking cat noise in All of the Dead Girls! Ha.


#6

I’m a little late here, but I just saw this thread for the first time, I’m terrible at keeping up with things.

My rankings are:

  1. Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven
  2. Son of Sam - Songs from the Earth
  3. Blaqk Audio - Material
  4. Dreamcar - S/T
  5. XTRMST - S/T(This is all I’m gonna count for XTRMST)
  6. Blaqk Audio - CexCells

I think my favorite side project in general has got to be Blaqk Audio, if you can’t tell from my rankings. I just don’t like CexCells as much because it felt like they hadn’t figured out how to do it yet, but Material and Bright Black Heaven are excellent.


#7
  1. Black Audio- Material
  2. Blaqk Audio- Bright Black Heaven
  3. Xtrmst- s/t
  4. Son of Sam- Songs from the Earth
  5. Blaqk Audio- Cex Cells
  6. Dreamcar- s/t

I LOVE Blaqk Audio. Xtrmst is an amazing album. Dreamcar, as fun as they are, are a bit too vapid sounding (though lyrically it’s pretty good) for me to really get into. Like they’re a great band as background music when my friends are over or when we’re having bonfires, but it doesn’t hit me the same way the other side projects do.

I don’t know. Probably the most unpopular opinion here. Plus I was never a No Doubt fan, not that I don’t think the guys are great musicians. It’s just not my vibe.


#8

I don’t like No Doubt either. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed Dreamcar.


#9

I wanted to like “Dreamcar” more than I did, but it didn’t happen. I liked them a bit more after I saw them live, but not as much as the other projects.