Redlight King

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Redlight King
Redlight King Acoustic.jpg
Background information
OriginHamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active2009 (2009)–present
LabelsEpic, Hollywood, Parts + Labor
Associated actsM. Rivers, Kazzer
WebsiteOfficial website

Redlight King is a Canadian-American alternative rock band formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 2009. Redlight King have recorded four full-length albums and performed over 1,000 live shows including the largest festivals in North America and Europe.[1][2] Their credits include over 100 live radio performances and musical guest appearances on both Late Night with Conan O’brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[3][4]

Their music has also been featured in such films as The Italian Job, Draft Day, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, television shows such as Malcolm in the Middle and Person of Interest, as well as having songs licensed to ESPN, NASCAR, NFL, CFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB.[5]



Mark Kasprzyk formed Redlight King in 2009 with longtime collaborator Julian Tomarin, and signed to Hollywood Records.[6] Kasprzyk made news in 2011 for his success in securing permission from Neil Young to allow him to sample Young's 1972 song, "Old Man". The sample is included in the song "Old Man" (originally titled "Hardworking Hands") on his debut album Something for the Pain, released on June 28, 2011. [7] Old Man peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Number 26 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Redlight King's most successful song and second single off Something for the Pain, "Bullet in My Hand", peaked at numbers 3 and 28 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Alternative Songs charts, respectively. Redlight King was also a part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival 2012.

Redlight King released its second studio album Irons In The Fire on September 10, 2013. On July 9, 2013, they released a single from the album entitled "Born to Rise". The track appears in the end title credits for the 2014 film "Draft Day," starring Kevin Costner.[8]

"Born To Rise" has also been used as the pregame music for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and their AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls, and was the title track for the Feature Film "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner.



Year Album details Peak chart positions


2011 Something for the Pain 3 50
2013 Irons In the Fire
  • Released: September 10, 2013
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: CD, DI
152 4 45
2015 Helldriver (EP)
  • Released: June 9, 2015
  • Label: Redlight King Inc.
  • Formats: DI
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Year Song Peak chart positions Album




2011 "Old Man" 13 19 17 26 24 Something for the Pain
"Bullet in My Hand" 35 15 28 3 12
2012 "Comeback" 18 36
2013 "Born to Rise" 31 9 30 Irons In the Fire
2014 "Times Are Hard" 21 10 31
"Devil's Dance" 34
2019 "Lift the Curse" Moonshine (unreleased)[15]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2011 "Old Man"
"Bullet In My Hand"
"City Life"
2012 "Comeback"
2013 "Born to Rise" Strati Hovartos
2014 "Times Are Hard"
2019 "Lift the Curse" Chris Stacey


  • "Hear Our Battle Cry" - Sonic Hijackers, Redlight King
  • "Dig Deep" - Sonic Hijackers, Redlight King
  • "Run This Town Tonight" - Sonic Hijackers, Redlight King
  • "Hard Life" - Redlight King, Robbery Inc.


  1. ^ "M. Rivers". SXSW 2019 Schedule. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  2. ^ "M. RIVERS: INTERVIEW". Unclear Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  3. ^ Riddle, Tree. "Redlight King Playing 'The Tonight Show' Thursday Night". Loudwire. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  4. ^ Redlight King Performs "Old Man", retrieved 2019-07-31
  5. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Redlight King Release New Single 'Lift The Curse' From Upcoming MOONSHINE". Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  6. ^ "redlightkingmusic". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  7. ^ Haller, Val (2013-09-10). "'Old Man' Twice: Neil Young's Way and Redlight King's". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  8. ^ "redlightkingmusic". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  9. ^ "Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions in the United States:
  11. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - June 7, 2011". 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  12. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - September 13, 2011". 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  13. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - July 5, 2011". 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  14. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - January 10, 2012". 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  15. ^ "Redlight King". Parts + Labor Records. Retrieved 2019-07-08.

External links[edit]

Official Website