We recently chatted to Garth Barnes from CrashCarBurn on the release of their brand new album, Headlights.
Congrats on the release of the new album! What can fans expect from this one?
Thank you sir! Feels good to finally have it out! I think fans can expect the same big choruses and anthemic melodies we tried to create in previous releases, just in a different packaging. The sound is a bit calmer, less distortion and angst but still distinctively CrashCarBurn!
It’s been six years since your last release. What have you guys been up to, and why did you decide now is the time for this album?
I think there’s been an industry trend for a while to release singles rather than full length albums. We did that for a while and, even though we haven’t released a full album since 2012, we’ve released a good number of singles during that time. The problem with only writing singles is that you focus on creating tracks that you think will have traction on radio. You begin to miss out on other gems that might not be right for radio but are still great songs and that’s why we wanted to do a full length album. It’s an easy way to lose track of the identity of the band as you continually chase what is popular with mainstream media. I’m glad we took a step back, slowed down and decided it was time for an album.
Tell us about the title track, Headlights.
Ah yes, this is quite a different one for us! It’s basically an 80’s slow-jam … something you might have expected to hear on the original Karate-kid movies! Haha! Still despite being a departure from what we’re usually focused on, it’s a band fovourite, we love the way it turned out.
With over a decade in the industry, what are your thoughts of the SA music scene at the moment?