Crash Car Burn Biography
"Imagine you've been living your life without a care in the world, happily going about your ways with little concern for the people around you. Then, one day, youre involved in a massive car crash. Who knows how, but you manage to drag yourself from the flames. Its a miracle you survived! Either you pick yourself up and simply carry on the same way you did before, or you realise that you might not be here tomorrow, and start making some changes towards becoming a better person. This band has been that car wreck for us. We hope it will be for others too."
The group’s debut album, ‘This City Needs a Hero’ released in 2007 was recorded and produced in part at London’s ‘Miloco’ studios by the Grammy nominated team of Colin Richardson and Matt Hyde and is a powerful mix of energy and melody that has been an instant success on the South African music scene.
In August 2007 ‘Serenade’, the first single from the album, literally exploded onto the 5FM Top 40 and Hi5@5 charts, as well all campus radio stations around the country, peaking at number-1 on numerous charts. The ‘Serenade’ music video also received extensive play & remained at number-1 on the MK video charts for a number of weeks. It was also the most voted for song of 2007 by the South African public on the 5FM Hi5@5 chart. The band's second single ‘Get Away’ followed soon after also achieving many number-1 slots on both 5FM and on campus radio stations. ‘Heroes’, the third single from the album was also play listed on 5FM and campus radio stations and the song's supporting video is currently receiving extensive play on MK, MTV Africa and SABC3. Internationally the single ‘Broken Skyline’ enjoyed success on the UK market after being added to Kerrang Radio’s play list as well as their annual ‘Kerrang Unsigned’ Compilation.
In a relatively short space of time CrashCarBurn has built up a solid local fan base with one of the most active Myspace, Facebook & Purevolume sites in SA. The media have also expressed a keen interest in the group with television appearances and interviews having already taken place on Famous (SABC3), Frenzy (e-tv), Wild Room (SABC1), KTV (MNet), Gons (MK), Studio1 (MK) and Summer Splash (SABC1). The band has featured in the following magazines: You, People, Saltwater Girl, Cleo, Zoo, Funk, SA Tunes & One Small Seed as well as having been frequently interviewed on Radio 2000, 5FM, TUKS and UJ FM. They had a one-hour guest appearance on 5FM (Koula’s show) and have performed a one-hour set on 5FM’s 'Live @ 5' show.
CrashCarBurn have nurtured their fan-base by playing numerous shows around the country and have completed four nation-wide tours to date including the “XBOX 360 Summer Tour” in 2007 and the “Powerzone Roadshow”, “God Save the Clubs Tour” and most recently the “Powerzone Summer Tour” in 2008. During 2008 they also supported the American band OK go! on their South African tour in February and were chosen to play at the MyCokeFest festival in April, supporting Muse, Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds to Mars, Chris Cornell & Korn.
CrashCarBurn performed at the MTV Africa Music Awards Media Launch Party and were nominated in the 21st YOU Spectacular awards in the ‘Best Male Newcomer’ category to be held at Emperors Palace where they were invited to perform two songs which were broadcast on M-Net.
The band expanded internationally in 2008 winning the MTVU Freshmen competition for their "Serenade" music video as well as having significant play on MTV Africa. They also took part in the prestigious American live music tour, the Vans Warped Tour, performing sixteen dates across the east coast of America and two dates in Canada to crowds in excess of 14 000 people per show. They performed alongside world-famous bands Angels and Airwaves, Paramore, Story of the Year, Reel Big Fish, Pennywise and Katy Perry amongst others. This saw them selling 1000 copies of their album while on tour and gaining a wealth of international publicity.
CrashCarBurn are currently in the process or writing and recording new material for their second commercial release due mid 2009.