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Interview: Crash Test Dummies

Canadian band Crash Test Dummies have been rocking hard since the late 80s and show no signs of slowing down with last year's critcally acclaimed album Oooh La La! The group is currently on a small East Coast tour, which features a stop at Mexicali Live this Wednesday (with opening acts Rob Morsberger and Bern & The Brights). Vocalist Brad Roberts discusses the response towards last year's release as well as the band's recent Demo-litions record.


1) The group released their latest album Oooh La La last year. Did you expect such a positive response to it?  

I have always had a positive response to my own recordings; as for others, I never know! But I'm happy that people have had good things to say about this record. We put a lot into it.

2) Every album seems to have a very interesting recording process. Do you intend for that to happen or is it something that happens in the moment?

I don't like to repeat myself, so I intentionally work with people who will help me grow. Fans don't always love this. Some want to hear the "old sound." But the die-hards like the challenge of new material. Thanks, die-hards!

3) You also released Demo-litions this April. What was it like listening to all of the old demos that are on the record?

I was both ecstatic and humbled. iI have grown much since then, but I also hear things that took me to new places, places which 'transcended' what I might have done without going through the demolition process.

4) What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming shows?

Chicks, man.

5) Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories from playing NJ in the past?

New Jersey has always been so good to us. Truly. I am always excited for the opportunity to play there. Gotta love that garden state!

6) What music are you currently listening to?

Chet Atkins.

7) What's next for the Crash Test Dummies?

That is always a mystery, and I'm quite happy for it to be a mystery. if I knew what was ahead, I think it would take the fun out of getting there.


NOTE: The Mexicali Live show has been postponed.