Crashing charts

2014-05-30 00:00

CRASHCARBURN are enjoying major chart success with their latest single Keep Walking, which features rapper Kwesta, winner of the best hip hop album at the 2014 Metro FM Awards.

The single was recently number one on urban radio station YFM and is proving popular with fans on 5FM.

Garth Barnes, the band’s frontman, said the collaboration had been five years in the making.

“Kwesta came back to us way back, when we first came back to South Africa from the UK, but the song that he suggested at the time just didn’t work for us,” Barnes, who also plays guitar, said.

“But we loved the idea of working with him. We’ve been working on this song for a couple of years, and we thought Kwesta would be the perfect guy to finish it off for us. We sent it to him and two hours later he came back with this amazing story of his life.

“I really believe that songs that can come back finished in such a short space of time are winners.

“We are super excited about getting to number one on YFM, especially because it exposes our music to more people.”

Asked if the band would be releasing a full album, Barnes said that he and his bandmates — Fabian Sing (lead guitar and backing vocals), Brendan Barnes (drums) and Etienne van Rensburg (bass guitar) — much preferred creating albums for their fans, but with the rise in single releases on sites like iTunes they had decided, for now, to showcase individual songs.

“We’re busy working on a new single right now. This song is pure CrashCarBurn … it’s back to basics, something fast and energetic … we can’t wait to get it out there for the fans,” he said.

CrashCarBurn — who formed in London in 2006 and made a name for themselves at home and abroad with albums like This City Needs a Hero, Long Live Tonight and Gravity — will be performing at the Red Door in Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg, tonight and at The Shed in Greytown tomorrow.

Fans can look forward to hearing rock anthems like Serenade, Heroes, Get Away, Twisted, Long Live Tonight, The Light and Heartbeat Racing, featuring ChianoSky.

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