Doubting Thomas Cruise Control Premiere New Single “Soft Focus”

July 24, 2015

Alycia Kravitz

Doubting Thomas Cruise Control Premiere New Single “Soft Focus” via SPIN

Sophomore album “Remember Me John Lydon Forever” set for August 14th release on Fleeting Youth Records

Announce Album Release Show on August 13th at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium w/ Bueno, Left & Right, Washer


Doubting Thomas Cruise Control are excited to share their new single “Soft Focus” with SPIN, the second glimpse into their sophomore full length, Remember Me John Lydon Forever. Due out August 14th via Fleeting Youth Records (Mumblr, Loose Tooth, ScotDrakula) and the band’s own Duckbill Records, the Brooklyn based quartet, comprised of Bobby Cardos (guitar/vocals), Chris Sprindis (bass), Sean Kelly (guitar), and Joe McCarthy (drums/keys) have created a record filled with dynamic indie rock and “slacker pop” or as the band prefer to call it “debt punk”.

Speaking about “Soft Focus,” SPIN claimed, “there will be no ignoring the Brookyn slacker pop outfit, who, with dulled, ambivalently bummed vocals and trudging mid-tempo melodies, sound as if Washington state’s favorite feedback-obsessed experimentalist Phil Elverum finally joined up with a reunited Eric’s Trip.”

Doubting Thomas Cruise Control’s Cardos offered his own insight into the song, “At the end of the day it’s probably just a song about an awkward date that I’m sure this person doesn’t remember at all, because it was completely unremarkable. But I must’ve gotten something out [of it], because otherwise this song would be about something else or maybe not exist.”

A heartbreaking song at it’s core, “Soft Focus” is one piece of the bigger puzzle that is Remember Me John Lydon Forever. The album is quirky yet heartfelt, snarling yet sincere, it’s an introspective record that carries themes of growing up, responsibility that comes with age, and life expectations, the thoughts of an artist watching those around them enter “adulthood” and as Cardos puts it, the persuit to “evolve from being defined by what you’re not and what you don’t ascribe to, and using that to figure out what you do ascribe to.”


Doubting Thomas Cruise Control recently announced the Remember Me John Lydon Forever album release show, set for August 13th at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium with Bueno, Washer, and Philadelphia’s Left & Right. Details for the show can be found HERE. The band will be heading out on tour shortly after with complete dates to be announced soon.

Having released a slew of EPs over the past few years and their full length debut back in 2012, this is DTCC at their absolute finest, a record packed with carefully constructed indie pop brilliance, clever songwriting and glorious barn-burning guitar solos too. Doubting Thomas Cruise Control have expanded on the slacker pop tag they’ve become known for,Remember Me… finds the band diving headfirst into heavier riffs, catchier hooks, and more dynamics from slow burning songs (“Laszlo’s, 3 AM”) to gentle indie pop (“Soft Focus”) and epic yet soul crushing ballads (“Lenny Bruce”). Remember Me John Lydon Forever is the sound of a band coming brilliantly into their own, flipping the script on everything you thought you knew while sounding warm and familiar in the process. It’s a breakout album from a hardworking band that never asked for anything more than to make music together.

Bobby Cardos’ songwriting throughtout the album is spectacular, a rare display of nimble vocal delivery with undeniable melodic clarity and a supreme catchiness at its core. DTCC’s sprawling indie rock calls to mind many of college rock’s finest: Pavement, Built to Spill, Silkworm, Harvey Danger, and Elliott Smith, but its the DIY scene around them that fuels their influences, peers like Fins, Washer, and Ovlov that keep the motivation alive.

Recorded and mixed by 1989 Recordings’ Dara Hirsch and Kegan Zema at Gravesend Studios in Silent Barn and mastered by Alex Saltz (APS Mastering), Remember Me John Lydon Forever is DTCC’s first album produced and mixed outside themselves, offering the band the opportunity to focus on their music without worrying about engineering the record .

Doubting Thomas Cruise Control met in the Bronx at Fordham University through working at the school’s alternative publication, The Paper, photoshopping 40’s into various Google image search results. They began playing together in late 2010 and moved to Brooklyn after graduating. Their name could have been Ed Norton Anthology, but it isn’t. Their diets are primarily grain and dairy based.

Remember Me John Lydon Forever tracklist:

1. Chain Supply
2. Nice Guy
3. Lillehammer [stream/embed]
4. Shed
5. Laszlo’s, 3:AM
6. Soft Focus [stream/embed]
7. Lenny Bruce
8. Ghosting
9. Texas T

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