Redlight King is a contemporary Rock band lead by Canadian singer/songwriter Mark "Kaz" Kasprzyk. This is the first single from their debut album Something For The Pain and it was released to iTunes on April 12, 2011.
The song is a reluctant salute to Kaz's father, a larger-than-life figure who taught school by day and raced stock cars at night.
The song contains a sample of the 1972 Neil Young song of the same name. Young rarely entertains sampling requests, and had never before approved the sampling of "Old Man," so it wasn't a surprise when initial requests were quickly denied. However Kaz persisted and when the Canadian rocker finally heard Redlight King's version, he agreed to its use.
The video was directed by Paul Minor (Muse, Queens of the Stone Age) and offers a raw and visual narrative of the song with a slice-of-life feel.
The song comes from a very dark part in Kaz's life when he very nearly killed himself. He explained to Alternative Addiction: "I wrote that song originally with that idea just trying to be creative. I never expected much from it. At the time I was in a really dark place and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it out. Part of the reason I wrote the song 'Old Man' was for my old man to leave something behind for him that wasn't all dark blaming him because I had such a falling out. I had major issues with all of that. That's what inspired me to write the song. From then until now there have been different versions of the song because I had taken the Neil Young sample out because I just wanted that in there for inspiration. When I heard that song it made me think of my old man and I wanted to write a song like that for my old man that was very cool and very real."