After a lengthy hiatus, one of the most formidable rock acts in South Africa, CrashCarBurn, has released their exciting fourth studio album ‘Headlights’. The album was preceded by the single ‘Summer Forever’ and sees the group dive into a new sonic direction while still staying true to the skeleton of the band.
On ‘Headlights’, the group has taken a lighter approach to music and lead singer Garth Barnes reveals that this collection of tracks is ‘calmer’ than anything they’ve released before. The singer adds that the group decided to focus on various synths, falsetto and electric drums elements in their new music while ensuring fans that the tracks still feature the soaring melodies, anthemic choruses and crafty earworms that have always been their trademark.
The band recorded the album with Jacques du Plessis and Adrian Erasmus at High Seas Studios in Johannesburg and while the way people consume music has changed drastically since the release of their previous album, it was still important for the group to release a full project instead of the single-by-single technique that so many acts around the world have adopted.
Garth adds that CrashCarBurn let the songs come to life organically – something that makes this project very different from their previous releases. “We didn’t overthink these songs. In the past we may have scrapped a song because it was too slow to play live or a sound we thought our fans might not respond to,” he says. “This time around, we asked ourselves only one question: Does this sound great? Okay, let’s see where it takes us.” The singer adds “It’s taken six years to get here, but there is something liberating about taking your time, giving the process space and letting the songs be whatever they are going to be. We’re incredibly proud of the way it turned out and we can’t wait to share the album.”
The change in sonic direction is clearly seen in the album’s title track. Featured at the halfway mark on the album, the song is about finding comfort in someone you love and trust. “There is a safety that comes with headlights, a reassurance that everything is going to be alright because you can see where you are going,” Garth explains.
CrashCarBurn is incredibly excited for the world to hear what they’ve been working on. ‘Headlights’ releases today and is officially available in stores and on your favourite streaming service.
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