The Red Lite District Release Smashing Sophomore Effort: “Peephole”

Release Date: 12/11/2020                                                         

Format: Digital

Label: DCC Records

Current Lineup: 

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)

Killer Disco

The Idiot

The Fireman

Send in the Clowns

Ghosts

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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.

Scottish Punks, Red Lite District, Release New EP, “Bang Gang”, And Bring Back That Legendary Punk Sound

Photo by Pat McGuire

Release Date: 9/12/2019

Format: Digital 

Label: DCC Records

Photos: Pat McGuire; except for the album cover. Be sure to check out Pat’s blog here, https://riffsnspliffs.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/article-4-the-red-lite-district-the-bang-gang-ep-review/?fbclid=IwAR38l3pvSOinl9wbV4rSReEAMaD88yjfrr-0BenXVmg3meK1E4x5XLvkSqk

Location: Lanarkshire, Scotland

Favorite Tracks:  Dizzy, Oklahoma Girl, Psycho, Man! and Trump, Tories and Other Relics from Middle Earth

Sounds Like: The Damned, FEAR, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Vibrators, and The Clash 


I was born during the rise of punk legends like The Clash, Damned, and the Sex Pistols. My Dad is a huge Clash fan and instilled in me a love for 70’s and 80’s punk. Although he likes their disco crap, so that’s where we split ways musically. I kid of course, love ya da! So while checking my email I ran across a band from Lanarkshire, Scotland called the Red Lite District. 

As of publication date of this article they are currently with DCC Records. So let’s take a listen. The first track and introduction to the band is, “Dizzy”. The song totally reminds me of FEAR. It could be that the lead singer’s voice sounds a little like Lee Ving. It’s the fast hooks, quick change ups, and simple, but kick ass lyrics that really drag the listener in. 

The next track is, “Oklahoma Girl”. If you have never seen,Peepshow I highly recommend it. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime. The show is hilarious and features a female on the show that fits this track to a T. She’s an American gal and quite mental. Everything about this track kicks ass! 

“She’s just a dirty f@#ken Oklahoma girl, 

She’s just a dirty Oklahoma, 

She’s such a beautiful sadomasochist”

The third track up is, “Psycho, Man!”. This track has some addicting lyrics. The simple drum beats seem to lead this track, before the bass and guitar join into the fray. The song reminds me a bit of Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers or even the New York Dolls. I feel this track perfectly fits the state of the world, where every day it drives people madder and madder. 

Photo by Pat McGuire

The next track is gets dark with, “Trump, Tories and Other Relics from Middle Earth”. Holy crap is this track amazing. This song has a sweet garage rock like sound. It’s a bit on the heavier side, which lends towards its message to question authority and those in power. Head to pit when this comes on! 

The last track on the EP is, “Lanarkshire Uber Alles”. It pays homage obviously to the Dead Kennedys song, “California Uber Alles”. The chants of “OI, OI, OI,” heard through the chorus provide that extra burst of energy to make this an incredible song. It calls for change and doing whatever is needed to make that change come true. 

In conclusion, “Bang Gang, by Red Lite District” has proven to me. That the legendary punk sound will never die, but continues to evolve, be a catalyst for political change, and stay relevant in the age of overproduced sampled audio. Tracks like “Dizzy”, “Psycho Man”,  “Trump, Tories and Other Relics from Middle Earth” and “Lanarkshire Uber Alles” tell the age old story “Punk Isn’t Dead”.

Tracks: (Per Amazon UK)

  1. Dizzy
  2. Oklahoma Girl
  3. Psycho, Man!
  4. Trump, Tories and Other Relics from Middle Earth 
  5. Lanarkshire Uber Alles

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