Redlight King is not your typical hard rock band. While they perform as a four-piece unit, all of the songs are predominantly written by lead vocalist Mark Kasprzyk, who is simply known as Kaz. Prior to forming Redlight King, the Canadian-born Kaz released two rap albums under the moniker Kazzer, which explains why he cites A Tribe Called Quest and other hip-hop artists among his main influences. Redlight King will be releasing Irons In The Fire on September 10, 2013, the follow-up to their successful debut album entitled Something For The Pain. The first single off of the new album, “Born To Rise,” is already making an impact in more ways than one.
“Born To Rise” has quickly become a mainstay on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown, a recap of the top 15 hard rock songs of the week. As one of the catchiest songs on the countdown, you can’t help but turn up the volume when this feel-good, inspirational anthem is played. One of the things that makes “Born To Rise” stand out is the incorporation of Kaz’s widely varied influences. The song is as likely to inspire you to dance as it is to pump your fist in the air.
The success of “Born To Rise” on hard rock radio is likely to generate new fans for Redlight King, but the bigger impact is likely to happen because of the traction that the song is getting as a modern-day sports anthem, due in large part to the lyrics (see video below). The song has been getting regular airplay on ESPN’s various programs and live sporting events. It’s still early on in the game (so to speak), but if this trend continues, “Born To Rise” may become one of those songs that is played in sports stadiums for years to come.