Alibi V.20 No.41 • Oct 13-19, 2011 

Song Roulette

Red Light Cameras

Photo courtesy of Red Light Cameras

Chris Walsh is the guitarist for Red Light Cameras—a Burque rock ’n’ soul four piece. On Saturday, Oct. 15, the band releases its self-titled debut album at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) with the support of Techtonic Movement, The Great Depression, RAWRR! and Shoulder Voices. The 21-and-over show is $5. In the meantime, we asked Walsh to set his digital music library to random—get a feel for the band’s inspirations below.

1) “Month of May” • Arcade Fire • The Suburbs

“I'll love Arcade Fire even after they are cool. You can tell that they really mean what they say. I saw them when they came to Santa Fe and found they are truly dedicated to their live show. I think about them every time I play live.”

2) “Anybody Seen My Baby?” • The Rolling Stones • Bridges to Babylon

“Let's face it, The Rolling Stones is the most ridiculous band ever. Mick Jagger is one of the ugliest/sexiest rockers alive. Keith Richards should be dead a hundred times over. And the band has been together for almost 50 years. Ridiculous.”

3) “A Girl Named Sandoz” • Smashing Pumpkins • Pisces Iscariot

“The Smashing Pumpkins cover The Animals’ B-side, and then put it on their album of B-sides. Sounds raw, messy and so old-school pumpkins. Billy Corgan taught me guitar.”

4) “Ledwerx” • I is for Ida • Storybook

“I got this album at their CD release show and was magically transported to a magical world of good vibes watching them perform.”

5) “All Apologies [acoustic]” • Nirvana • With the Lights Out

“Kurt Cobain was a teenage angst god, and his albums were the bible which I studied from. Looking back, I realize that underneath Kurt's brooding, anti-music industry facade was a really good pop songwriter.”