Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies will be visiting South Africa in February 2018. The tour will be led by Brad Roberts, lead singer and songwriter for the band, and fans will be able to enjoy a fun-filled day-time picnic in both Cape Town and Pretoria, while jamming to the performance of this extraordinary band.

There is no mistaking the unique bass-baritone voice of lead singer Brad Roberts which no doubt will be conjuring fond memories of Crash Test Dummies hits over the last two decades. The band received international acclaim with their sophomore record, ‘God Shuffled His Feet’, released in 1993. Their single ‘MMM MMM MMM MMM’ went to the top of the billboard charts in America and then in Europe. Over the years the band has touched on funk and soul, folk, electronic music and even Christmas tunes and now fans will be able to enjoy Roberts’ voice and offbeat lyrical sensibility as they perform live to their South African fans.

Crash Test Dummies will be joined on stage by legendary South African bands aKING, Bed On Bricks, WONDERboom and Adventure Man.

Bookings: Computicket 

With that said, we had a chat with Cito from WONDERboom before the jol starts…

Photo by Rob Scholtz

Hi, Cito. Thanks for having a chat. How are you feeling about sharing the stage with Crash Test Dummies?

Thank YOU for the chat! We are pretty stoked to be sharing the stage with such an accomplished band. Crash Test’s hit success is nothing to downplay. And they have lots of fans!

What can fans expect from WONDERboom at the shows?

Our fans can expect our usual energetic selves, but can also expect a couple of new numbers from our latest album. I know that we’ll be hated if we leave out the classic favourites, so we’ll do our best to include those too. When you’ve been jamming for as long as we have, you tend to rack up a few songs in the repertoire and struggle to compile a comprehensive setlist. It’s a good problem to have 😉

You have been around for more than 2 decades, performing and rocking it, how do you manage to stay relevant in the music scene?

I think that relevance is subjective to a point. Keeping the gigging up and recording is the only way. We’re essentially a performance band that just loves to jam together. But if you are not productive and creative, you can easily become irrelevant. I believe we’ll always be relevant to our dedicated fans though, and that’s cool for us.

You’ve performed alongside numerous acts in your musical journey, which artists would you still like to share the stage with?

Just checked out B.C.U.C. recently and I would love to share a stage with them. Their whole vibe is killer and reminds me of a modern-day Fela Kuti. Medicine Boy would also be cool. Otherwise, Chilli Peppers, Die Antwoord, Cypress Hill, St Vincent, The Kills, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, Crystal Castles, etc

Which song is your absolute favourite to perform at a show? And why?

At the moment my favourite to play live is Ooh La La, from our new album, Rising Sun. That song, although fairly new, just has instant appeal from the audience and it’s quite hectic, energy-wise.

Which other acts are you keen on seeing at the Crash Test Dummies shows?

We haven’t seen Bed On Bricks in ages and they are awesome. AKing just frikken rock! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Adventure Man a while back and I absolutely loved it. Songs about his dog, Shaniqua.

What is next for WONDERboom?

Well, we’re busy promoting our new album, Rising Sun and gigging everywhere. After winning gold at a music festival in China in December, we’ve been asked to return for a bit of a tour this year. Watch this space.


*Header photo by Pieter Annandale