Crash Car Burn
Agent: Anastasia Ferrara | Email: anastasia[at]breakoutagency.co.za
Since forming in London in 2006 where they recorded their debut album This City Needs a Hero, with Grammy nominated team Colin Richardson and Matt Hyde, CrashCarBurn have been dominating the local airwaves of their home country South Africa. Armed with an arsenal of powerful rock anthems CrashCarBurn was set to impress audiences from the word go.
It wasn’t long before CrashCarBurn’s first single Serenade was topping national radio stations like 5fm (voted song of the year 2007 on the high 5 at 5) as well as campus stations across the country. Polished videos and spontaneous live shows saw the band selected to play alongside international acts Korn, 30 Seconds to Mars, Good Charlotte and Muse at My Coke fest 2008. Following up with hit singles like Heroes and the anthemic sing-along favourite Get Away, CrashCarBurn quickly solidified their place in the SA music scene.
In 2008 CrashCarBurn made South African rock history when they became the first African act to be included on the Vans Warped Tour. The tour saw the band win over fans in 18 cities across the USA and Canada alongside acts like Paramore, Angels and Airwaves, Gymclass Heroes, Katy Perry and 3OH!3. After returning to South Africa the band completed a nationwide tour with USA pop-punk legends, The Ataris in 2009 and turned their attention towards writing new material.
Their greatly anticipated sophomore album Long Live Tonight earned the band two SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominations and saw CrashCarBurn teaming up with internationally acclaimed producer Mark Trombino, who spent three weeks in South Africa working with the band.
“We were incredibly excited when Mark agreed to work on the project with us. The guy is an industry legend! He’s been responsible for most of my favourite albums over the years from Blink 182’s ‘Dude Ranch’ to Jimmy Eat Worlds ‘Bleed American’. The fact that he was prepared to fly half way across the world to make it happen was a massive vote of confidence for us.” says front man Garth Barnes.
“We’ve been working on the album for over a year now,” comments drummer Brendan Barnes, “but I think the long hours and patience have definitely paid off.’” And that they have – Long Live Tonight is a fantastically polished piece that has set a new standard in terms of local music production. Coupled with this massive production are 14 powerful tracks that bare evidence to the fact that the band has come a long way since their formation.
CrashCarBurn’s first single of their second album Twisted, took local radio stations such as 5fm, Highveld 94.7, Jacaranda 94.2 and Algoa fm by storm topping charts and became the most downloaded track on the Nokia Music Store! It is still on high rotation across the country and has also been play listed on Virgin radio in Thailand and China where CrashCarBurn are set to tour in March 2011. The single was nominated for ‘Album of the Year‘ at the 2011 annual SAMA awards.
The band were very active during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing 5 shows at 3 of the largest fan parks in the country, namely Centurion, Birchwood and Durban where they played on the nights of the semi final and final matches which crowds in excess of 20 000 attended.
In more recent news CrashCarBurn were invited to perform at the Africa International Fashion Awards and performed on the Miller Rock The Boat in December which was followed by another national tour along the coast of South Africa. CrashCarBurn were also one of 10 winners in the MK MVP Competition amongst over 300 entries winning a music video based on the strength of their latest single and title track off their new album Long Live Tonight. The single has been play listed nation wide and was one of this summer’s ultimate party anthems!
CrashCarBurn performed their first tour in Asia in March 2011 playing 6 shows. They are due to return later this year for a second follow up tour.
CrashCarBurn’s 3rd single More Than This has been play listed on national radio and their fourth single, Skin versus Bone is ready for release with their sixth supporting music video. They have also been nominated for two SAMA 2011 awards in the MTN Record of the Year and Best Engineer categories. The SAMA’s are South Africa’s most prestigious music awards.