Release Date: 12/11/2020
Label: DCC Records
David Cameron – Guitar and vocals
Graham Dickson – Guitar and backing vocals
Barry McAvoy – Bass and backing vocals
Derek McKee – Drums and backing vocals
Favorite Tracks: Killer Disco, Ghosts, Send in the Clowns, The Idiot, The Fireman
Sounds Like: The Damned, FEAR, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Vibrators, and The Clash
Peephole, The Red Lite District’s second EP, is a welcome new addition to CPRA’s collection of Favorite New Sounds. This is our second review of The Red Lite District and we are honored to review this five song collection.
Killer Disco / Track 1
The Red Lite District’s Peephole starts off with a haunting tale of a Glasgow killer targeting Scotch discos of the sixties. Killer Disco features both Graham and David on guitar and a nimble pace; this will be a blast to experience live. There’s a lot of old school UK influences on this EP, and this track is perfectly colored with shadows of punk and garage rock.
Killer Disco has a music video to accompany the track. Check it out here.
The Idiot / Track 2
The lyrics bring to mind the never-ending pretentious part-time residents of Aspen. The sounds make me want to find a dive and get beer spilled all over my shoes while screaming about idiots. Listen often, listen loudly.
The Fireman / Track 3
The third -and longest- track on the EP, The Fireman, presents a highly relatable 2020 motto: “life is impossible / when chemicals are your only pleasure”. Why is this so accurate? Rapid-fire guitars layered with a dynamic bass line perfectly suit Derek’s volatile beats.
Caution: Infectious “Hey-Aohs” will commandeer your brain.
Send in the Clowns / Track 4
At 2:30, Send in the Clowns keeps it short but not so sweet. This humorous rant hands out a thought-provoking refrain: “food banks for the fat/ the Cayman Islands are just that” which is, coincidentally, perfect for blasting while stuck in traffic amongst the never ending interstate buffet of Teslas and Audis.
Ghosts / Track 5
I’ve always hated my birthday. This track reminds me why: “light a candle and wish away the dark / don’t you see it’s your birthday”. I spent untold years waiting for my father to show up on my birthday, like a fucking Hallmark movie, which never happened. When I listened to this song the first time I wanted to simultaneously turn it up, and cry. This is a song about the illusions of life set against the harshness of reality.
Add it to your playlist.
Peephole tastes like gravel and honey but for your ears. Buy it. Love it.
Track List (Subject To Change)
Send in the Clowns
Krista Brewer is a Colorado local with an undying passion for snowboarding, loud music, and photography. Krista specializes in street/art, architecture, ambient light/no flash photography through gingersnapshots.