Alaska’s finest to make their South African return During their face-melting performance at Krank’d Up festival in 2015, front man Brock Lindow of Alaskan metal legends 36 Crazyfists promised the ravenous crowd that the band will return to our tip of Africa soon. Never letting their rabid fan base down, Brock has kept his promise and thus the band will be making their way back to South Africa in April 2018 for two exclusive club shows, namely Mercury Live in Cape Town and Rumours Rock City in Johannesburg in support of their new album, ‘Lanterns’. “Lanterns represents the light we all seek,” explains Brock. “These songs are all about struggling to locate it and trying to find the way to move forward and get past what has mentally hampered you in your life.” Unbridled honesty cast in unpredictable metallic soundscapes and icy melodies has defined the veteran group since its emergence in 1994. Their journey would be earmarked by classics such as 2004’s ‘A Snow Capped Romance’. The breakout album yielded the hit “Bloodwork,” which not only featured on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack, but also garnered a cumulative total of 7 million streams. Along the way, the boys toured with the likes of everyone from Alice In Chains and Killswitch Engage to Atreyu and Fear Factory. Most recently, 2015 saw the release of their Spinefarm debut, Time and Trauma. It crash landed at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, a career high, and earned acclaim from Metal Injection, Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Revolver, and more. Meanwhile, the single “Also Am I” racked up over 1.3 million Spotify streams and counting. 36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour dates: Fri, 27 April – Mercury Live, Cape Town. With support from Only Forever, De Wallen, Atlantic South. Sat, 28 April – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg. With support from Only Forever, Newtown Knife Gang, Riddlebreak. With that said, I had a chat with Brock ahead of their South African tour. Yo guys! We are excited to have you back in South Africa! How are you feeling about heading back here? Minus the looooooong Flight, we can’t wait. Haha. The last time you visited us, was in 2015 where you were one of the headliners at Krank’d Up. How did you as a band feel about the overall reception you received in 2015? It was a wonderful experience, seriously blew my mind. This time you are playing a very different setting at Rumours lounge in Joburg and also Mercury in Cape Town. Are you excited to be performing for the Mother City this time around? All the guys went to Cape Town last trip except me as I had to get back home so I’m really looking forward to seeing it this time We need to know, did you approach the promoter to come back to SA or did they approach you? Do you ever feel like “Man, we SHOULD come back to this place” after playing places you don’t often visit? Well, it was discussed during our first trip to come back and play in SA so I’d say it was a mutual plan:) You released your eighth album titled “Lanterns” in the latter part of 2017. Are you excited to be performing some of your new music to you South African fans? The new jams are really fun to play live and I’m excited to show the S A fans the new stuff Overall, since its release, how has the reception of your new music been around your fans? It has been very positive, this whole album cycle has had a great feeling around it. Is there anything that you wanted to do in South Africa that you couldn’t do the last time you were here and gonna do this time? Please share! Seeing Cape Town this time will be really cool. My girlfriend lives in Johannesburg so meeting her family for the first time is something I’m really looking forward to. One more question before we spot you in South Africa, after this tour, what is next for 36 Crazyfists? We are on the road for most of the year so it’s just a whole lot of touring!! Be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP!