Melbourne hard rock / punk five piece Red Light Riot has today released their new EP ‘The Remains‘ ahead of a string of tour dates to launch it beginning this week in Adelaide.

The Remains‘ is the third release for the band who first emerged back in 2013, and was recorded with Mike Deslandes.

Known for their unadulterated hi-energy, fury fuelled live shows Red Light Riot will be touring in March / April to launch the new release, locking in shows in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne with a host of guests including Australian Kingswood Factory, The Balls, Keggin, The Mis-Made, Skinpin and Angelik just to name a few.

Scroll down for tour dates.

You can grab the album now via Bandcamp, iTunes & Spotify or stream it below where you can also read all about it as the band took the time go give the once over to our On The Record questions this week.


Tell us about the release title.
Kris: The title came from one of the songs ‘All That Remains’ which lyrically is about a world where everything falls to pieces, and everything you once knew is now a desolate war ground.. Whether it be a physical sense or a mental perception. It’s about joining forces with those who remain and the only thing left is to fight together or leave. It’s about the strength of the human mind, trust, deceit and survival of the fittest.

Tell us about the artwork.
Kris: The artwork was done by Nina our rhythm guitarist/songwriter. I was leaning towards images of dying or wilting roses because one of tracks on the ep is a dark song called ‘Coming Up Roses’.. Ed (Lead guitar) then came up with the idea of thorns to suit the style of the song, he put forward an image and that’s how the cover was formed. The image of her represents the mystery of life and death.

What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
It will be released digitally and it will also be available on CD with standard jewel case.

Who will it be released through, and when?
This is an independent release and will be available March 1st for download via bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify. The CD will be available for purchase via our bandcamp page and at gigs.

Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
Nina: We recorded at The Black Lodge studios in Brunswick as that’s our stomping ground and its one of the studios that the producer/engineer we wanted to with, works at.

Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Nina: We recorded with Mike Deslandes (producer/engineer). We chose Mike as I’ve recorded with Mike before with another band and I had a great recording experience and fantastic end product so knew he’d be great to record Red Light Riot.

Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
Nina: No clear vision, just to grow from our previous recordings. We have initial visions and starting points, whether that be via a musical influence or just a mood or story we want to evoke in the song. Then, after jamming the song and tweaking the structure, it naturally takes its own form and shape.

Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Kris: Not really in the recording process but leading up to and during writing the songs personally I was listening to Kyuss and Hole.
Nina: When writing the song ‘All That Remains’, I was listening to Descendents and the ‘Nuggets’ compilation box set.

Were there any albums you were referencing in the studio to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
Kris: Even though we sound nothing like these bands a couple of my references for vocals were Mastodon and Red Fang, mainly because I really dig the double tracking and vocal effects, their vocals sound huge and I’m a big fan of Mastodon.
Nina: In regards to the music, it differed depending on the songs but still stayed complimentary to each other, for example, early 00’s QOTSA and mid 90’s Hole.

How long did you spend in the studio recording?
We spent a weekend recording and then Mike mixed the songs independently from us and we corresponded online until we got the final mix.

Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
We did a live studio recording for the instruments with Kristy singing a guide track. Once we had the live take that we were happy with, we played it back to see if we needed to do any over dubs with the instruments. Once that was done Kristy recorded her vocals and double tracked parts that needed it. Backing vocals were then recorded and we also decided to add a few hand claps in some of the songs. We listened over the songs as a whole to determine if we needed to amend anything further.

Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
The process was pretty much the same, except that Mike gave us a lot of direction in regards to pushing us to do even better takes of the songs and also a little production advice.

Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
No guests involved.

When it comes do naming the tracks, is there any particular approach or process to it all?
Kris: Who ever writes the song names it. I am the lyricist, so when Nina writes the track she will name the song and then I will write the concept and lyrics around the name.

Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
No, we make a point of using the same gear that we use on stage, to capture the sound that we are known for.

Any memorable studio moments?
Nina: There was a mannequin at the studio and each band member at some point had a photo with her and a slow dance. She was kinda our mascot as we would all hi-five her when walking past.

Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
No, everything we recorded made it to the final EP.

What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
Kris: All of them but I really enjoy singing We All Die Young.
Nina: I’m also really enjoying playing We all Die Young as it’s a bit different than our other songs and I really connect with it as it reminds me of the grunge songs I’d listened to growing up in the 90’s.

How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Kris: In my opinion Mike captured our real sound. I liked his mix immediately.

Anything else you want to say or about the release?
Listen to it, share it, play it loud and come and see us play it live. Thanks RLR

Red Light Riot

1. All That Remains
2. We All Die Young
3. Coming Up Roses
4. Don’t Go


3rd – Gaslight Tavern, Adelaide [18+] w/ The Bechdel Test, Pigasus, Electric Sex Pants.
4th – The Metro, Adelaide [18+] w/ Angelik, Startakit, Fear & Loathing.
18th – Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick [18+] w/ Australian Kingswood Factory, The Balls, Keggin, Spencer Vine.
21st – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney [18+] w/ The Mis-Made, Skinpin.
—> Tickets available at the door.
—> For more information, visit [Here].


Red Light Riot photo by Nicole Cleary.


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