Catching up with CrashCarBurn

CrashCarBurn (Photo: Andre Badenhorst)
CrashCarBurn (Photo: Andre Badenhorst)

I remember CrashCarBurn hits like Under a Falling Sky and Long Live Tonight playing on MK like it was only yesterday. BUT it was actually a decade ago. Today, this chart-topping rock band is still hip-and-happening as the day they released their debut album in 2006.

We caught up with Garth Barnes, the voice behind CrashCarBurn, ahead of first ever Mix Fest on 28 and 29 September at Cradle Moon Game Lodge, in the historical Cradle of Humankind, Muldersdrift.


You were nominated for Best Rock Album at this year’s SAMA awards with your Headlights-album. You released this album in 2018, six year’s after your last album in 2012. Why did you guys take so long to release an album?
Writing an album is a helluva thing! Takes time time time and we’re all grown up with jobs etc… We never want to put something out there for the sake of it. So yeah, we took our sweet time, but we are glad we did! We’re super proud of the way it turned out and very stoked to have been nominated for a SAMA.

What are some highlights of your career so far?
Sho, this band has been such an amazing vehicle for us… it’s taken us all over the world. Thailand to Russia, America to the Netherlands and everything in between. That’s before we even mention the amazing places in SA that we have been fortunate enough to visit. So, I think those times on the road are just so precious for us… we have stories for days that we can always look back on to make us smile.

CrashCarBurn (Photo: Andre Badenhorst)
CrashCarBurn (Photo: Andre Badenhorst)

How do you describe an ideal CrashCarBurn show?
10-15 minutes, then head to the bar! Jokes, we love performing. I think we’re particularly at home on a big stage outside… we need space to run around and have a jol. Of course it helps to have a few people at the show as well;)

What is your favourite CrashCarBurn song of all time?
No fair! That’s like asking who your favourite child is! ….Serenade :)

If you could play on any stage around the world, which one would it be?
Wow, I think we’d like to do the Vans warped tour in America again. We did it in 2011! 18 shows down the east coast of America. It was just awesome!

You introduces Punk Goes Pop 2 in March 2019. Can we expect a Punk Goes Pop 3?
Hahahaha! I think so. They are so much fun. We like to theme them… PGP2 was 80’s and we all dressed up as a hair-metal band. Thinking of ‘Disney hits’ for PGP3… that way our bassist can dress as the princess from ‘Frozen’!

What are your expectations of Mix Fest?
We’re proper excited! Apparently the venue is just beautiful, and the lineup is so incredibly strong. I can only assume it’s going to be an absolute blast!

What is your favourite thing about a music festival like Mix Fest?
Well, this particular festival just has the most amazing lineup. I actually couldn’t believe it when I first saw it! Every band on the bill is an absolute Juggernaut. I’m gonna be there as a fan as much as we are there to perform!

Which artists are you most excited to see performing at the Mix Fest?
Hmmmm….close, between the nudies and mango groove. I haven’t seen either band perform in Yonks so it’s gonna be a real treat!


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