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Redlight King recalls the late 90's on "Something For The Pain"
on July 20, 2011
Redlight King has an interesting story. It's the brainchild of lead singer Mark Kasprzyk, a Canadian native that's equally inspired by hip hop (such as A Tribe Called Quest, Lords Of The Underground, Nas and Das EFX) as he is with classic rock (such as Tom Petty, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young- who he sampled on the first single "Old Man"). He started out originally as a rapper named Kazzer in 2002 and had moderate success in Canada with the song "Pedal To The Medal". He tried to maintain his career, but due to shakeups at his then-label he was without a recording contract for the remainder of the later 2000's. He decided to leave Canada for California in search of greener pastures- at least from a musical standpoint. He started a band called Redlight King and released their Hollywood Records debut, the deeply personal and reflective "Something For The Pain".
This debut is practically a mixture of many sounds- ranging from hip hop to 90's alternative to southern rock. The best way to describe this album is that it's a mixture between Third Eye Blind and Filter- with a little bit of Everlast thrown in for good measure. The album starts off with the title track "Something For The Pain", a song about offering comforting words to someone dealing with personal problems. Mark sings about the hard times he's been through on the songs "Bullet In My Hand", "Built To Last" and the orchestra driven acoustic ballad "When The Dust Settles". On the aforementioned "Old Man" he tells the story of his father, an amateur race car driver whose ambitions didn't exactly lead to prosperity. He sings about the trials of the downtrodden on "City Life" and expresses his desires to start a new life on "Drivin' To Kalifornia". On "Comeback", Mark sings about wanting to rise again after a downward spiral- with an arrangement that sounds noticeably similar to Linkin Park's 2007 hit "What I've Done". Redlight King's album is a great debut that has the feeling and emotion of a late 90's rock record, but is completely current with the times. If there is one recording that needs to be heard this year, "Something For The Pain" is that record.