Like Redlight King's 2011 debut album, Something for the Pain, which established the L.A.-based unit as a potent new force in the modern-rock arena, the new Irons in the Fire (Hollywood Records, Sept. 10) is downright ferocious in its aggressiveness. But as far as bandleader Kaz is concerned, the similarities between the two efforts end there. "The last record was more of a studio record," he acknowledges. "This one is the work of a rock band." Kaz is a modern-day renaissance man whose wide-ranging interests include the visual arts (he painted the new album cover), drag racing (his dad passed on his love of hot-rod culture) and athletic competition (he was a member of the Canadian National Judo team.) But his full-time focus is on making music, and when it comes to expressing himself, the L.A.-based native of Hamilton, Ont., is one passionate dude. "This is a real and honest record, " he asserts. "There's not a lot of distance between my lyrics and who I am, and I think that's what makes them relatable from a fan's perspective, and hopefully makes them Redlight King fans for life." Another of Kaz's passions is restoring vintage vehicles— including a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr coupe, a 1957 Ranchero and a 1950 Harley—and he sees distinct parallels between working on cars and making music. "I look at life and art as parallel," he says, "so I've always been able to visualize things finished. As far as the music goes, when I'm writing, I might have a hundred 16-bar ideas on my iPhone, and I consider them parts—nuts and bolts, a fender over here, a headlight over there. And then I start putting them together. After the melody and lyric are there, it's about the delivery and how the song is packaged sonically—and for me, those finishing touches are like the paint job. This record is made from different genres, themes and lyrical approaches—it's definitely a hot rod. When we jump in and hit the road, it's bound to turn some heads.
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