Burn­ing up the lo­cal cir­cuit. . .


ON’T you love that kinda beat where you can just let loose and en­gage in some head-bang­ing? That’s ex­actly what rock band CrashCarBurn ( pic­tured) has been of­fer­ing au­di­ences for the past decade.

Hav­ing per­formed at almost ev­ery ma­jor fes­ti­val, with the back­ing of a full orches­tra, the band re­cently per­formed at the iHeart Joburg Fes­ti­val along­side in­ter­na­tion­al­lyrenowned artists, Fall Out Boy, Jesse J, Panic! At the Disco, B.o.B and T-Pain.

And now the guys are on their na­tional sum­mer tour which got off to an awe­some start in Cape Town.

Lead vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist, Garth Barnes, ex­plains how their sound has evolved. Fans of the band will know that brothers Garth and Bren­dan Barnes formed the punk rock band Tweak be­fore CrashCarBurn.

Barnes shares: “We’ve been do­ing this for over 15 years. We were in Tweak and that was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But, of course, we were singing about dif­fer­ent things back then since we were a bunch of teenagers and now I can’t sing about that stuff in my mid-30s. So it’s been a very nat­u­ral slow pro­gres­sion.

“But we feel very com­fort­able in the mu­sic we’re mak­ing now. And it’s a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what we’re do­ing. And your par­ents just think that it’s some­thing you grow out of or will let go of. I mean, I never pic­tured my­self still mak­ing mu­sic in my mid-30s and now I can’t pic­ture my life with­out it.”

On their up­com­ing gigs which in­clude KZN, East London, Knysna and Joburg, Barnes says: “We’re def­i­nitely ex­cited about vis­it­ing th­ese

Dc­i­ties. And this time around we’ve tried a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. We spread it over two months, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, so there’s a bit more time be­tween gigs and it’s a bit more re­laxed. We’ve played at Cape Town, Stel­len­bosch, al­ready and that was flippin’ amaz­ing. And it’s been a while since we’ve played in KZN so we’re su­per stoked and look­ing for­ward to it.

“The last time we played in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, we ran out of drinks at the bar be­cause it was so busy so we’re hop­ing for that kinda re­sponse and we’re ex­cited to share the new songs we have with ev­ery­one.”

Of their new sin­gle, Rock ’n’ Roll Rev­erie which the guys have just re­leased, Barnes says it’s in­spired by their 15-year ca­reer in the mu­sic in­dus­try: “Rev­erie is like a day­dream or thought back to fond mem­o­ries. So the song was in­spired by the last 15 years in the business. It’s been a crazy ride and peo­ple only see the glam­orous side of things and leave out the other stuff like the con­stant driv­ing, sleep­ing on floors and fight­ing in your band. So all those things in­spired the song. And that in­spired us to post videos on Face­book and In­sta­gram, on the less glam­orous side of be­ing in a band. But it’s all about mak­ing mu­sic and it al­ways works out in the end.”

CrashCarBurn: Fri at Ol­lies Pub and Grill, KZN, Sat at The Red Door, Pmb. Dec 5 at Sun­down­ers in Al­ber­ton, Dec 26 at the Bush­pig in Kei Mouth, Dec 27 at Pool City in PE, Dec 28 at Bar­muda in Port Al­fred, Dec 29 at Zanz­ibar, Knysna and Dec 31 at Ru­mours Lounge in Joburg. See face­book.com/ crashcarburn and Twit­ter: @CrashCarBurn


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