Crash Car Burn
Crash Car Burn is a rock band from South Africa. The band was formed in London in 2006 before returning to South Africa in early 2007.
The group’s debut album, This City Needs a Hero was 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.
In August 2007, ‘Serenade’, the first single from the album, reached 5FM‘s Hi5@5 and Top 40 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.
Crash Car Burn have completed four nationwide tours, including the “XBOX 360 Summer Tour” in 2007 and the “Powerzone Roadshow”, “God Save the Clubs Tour” and 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 and Korn.
Crash Car Burn 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, held at Emperors Palace.
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 Vans Warped Tour 2008, 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 international bands Angels and Airwaves, Paramore, Story of the Year, Reel Big Fish, Pennywise and Katy Perry amongst others.
In 2009 the band entered into the studio with acclaimed Producer Mark Trombino, to record their Sophomore full length Record entitled ‘Long Live Tonight’. The record was released in June 2010.