MP3 At 3PM: New Collisions

New Collisions was discovered by Greg Hawkes, keyboardist of the Cars, and three months after its first show the band was opening for Blondie and the B-52’s. The group’s debut album, The Optimist, was recorded in only 10 days by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (producers and engineers for Radiohead, the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr), who sought to capture the energetic feel of the band’s live performances. The aesthetic serves the sound well, giving its ’80s-inspired dance pop a crunchy edge and breezy, downhill momentum. Check out “Over” below before these guys are all over the radio. The Optimist is out October 5.