The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Biography

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Well, to make it short and sweet, We're five poor country boys from florida that gave up everything to share our music with people. But if you'd like to read into it more...feel free...

What's in a name? Well, it depends who came up with it. In the case of Middleburg, Florida quintet The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, it might mean anything. Jumpsuits can be sleek and fashionable, tight and revealing. Or they can be loose and homogeneous, suggesting redundancy and confinement befitting a jailbird. Red is often flashy and easily noticeable, but it's also the color of blood. And an apparatus allows a jumpsuit to be used for a specific purpose, such as leaping from an airplane - or it could be something sexual. After all, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are ballsy and emotional, pulsing with vibrancy and tenacity. They're strong, yet vulnerable, and they shift between musical styles with the confidence of superstars.

Strange then that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus means absolutely nothing. "It's 100 percent completely arbitrary," laughs singer Ronnie Winter. "When we started the band, we only cared about having a good time and writing good songs far more than coming up with some symbolic, incredibly intelligent name."

"I think its funny when bands scramble their brains to try and come up with some unique, untouchable band name," adds guitarist Elias Reidy. "Why waste time thinking of something when we could be concentrating on music instead? The locals loved it, so we went with it."

A brief listen to The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus debut and its obvious that these boys have spent a lot of time concentrating on their music. Their songs are flush with the determination, hunger and energy of youth (the average age in the band is 21). And while they tap into elements of pop-punk, pop, screamo, and metal, they combine them in a way that's both surprising and invigorating. "In a time when everything's labeled and categorized, you kind of have to try your best to step outside the box and be as unpredictable as possible to separate yourself," explains Reidy.

"Yeah, but we like to mix unpredictability with the comfort and melody people want to feel when they hear a song," clarifies Winter. "You can't just be crazy, ridiculous. You have to stick to the point musically and make the song catchy to the listener."

No worries there. On just their first record, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus already have mastered the difficult art of ensnaring the listener, whatever particular style theyre delving into. Face Down blends propulsive, chugging guitars, a steady beat and yearning pop vocals and climaxes in a detonation of dissonance and a volley of screams. In Fate's Hands (the name of Reidy and bassist Joey Westwoods' former metal band) starts with plangent acoustic strumming then abruptly shifts into overdrive with start-stop guitars, tumbling drums and a chorus as angry as it is infectious. And Cat and Mouse is a melancholy ballad anchored by a repeating delicate piano line that surfaced as if by magic.

"We were at a showcase for a record label, and we were pretty sure we weren't ready, so everyone was on edge," recalls Winter. "So, to calm his nerves, [guitarist] Duke [Kitchens] sat down with his guitar and just started playing. I walked up to him and said, Dude what is that? And he said, I just came up with it. So I said, Keep playing it. Dont stop. And I made him play for two hours straight while we wrote the entire song all the way through."

In addition to being musically adventurous, Winter doesn't shy away from confessional, confrontational lyrics. The cantankerous Seventeen Ain't So Sweet addresses a female friend who has an amazing voice but has been unable to make a dent in the music industry because she doesnt look like a plastic pop idol, and the reflective, flowing Your Guardian Angel shows Winters letting down his guard and trying to express what it really feels like to be in love. But its Face Down, a scathing indictment of domestic abuse, which hits hardest.

"Where I come from, you see it when you go to the store, you see it when you stop for a smoke, you see it all the time," Winter says. It's something everybody sees and doesn't do anything about because they're just so accustomed to it. I was the same way and I was a victim of it. So the best way I could think of to get people to not make the same mistake I did was to write about it."

Winter and Kitchens, the only original members left in the band, formed The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus in 2003 just for kicks. For 18 months they wrote and rehearsed with no real intention of playing shows or recording an album. When some friends who heard them jam suggested they play out, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus started booking gigs and were immediately embraced by the local scene. "We played this place called The Art Bar twice, and the second time we played it, we sold it out," Winter says.

Encouraged by the response, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus contacted the owner of a local studio to see if they were ready to start recording. When the response was a resounding yes, they recorded their first EP, using it to promote themselves wherever they could - online and at local concerts, high schools, colleges, malls, beaches and other locations across Florida. Although the reaction was undeniable, the industry wheels didn't start turning right away. The band showcased for several labels to no avail, leading to discouragement between members, some of which left or were removed from the band.

Determined not to give up, the remaining members posted ads around town looking for new members with the same level of dedication and motivation. After auditioning several dozen guitarists, Winter accidentally returned Reidys' phone call about the opening one night at 2 AM and the conversation eventually led him to meet up with the guys an hour later. The group clicked immediately - Reidys' playing style complimented Winters while providing a fresh perspective on the bands sound, and by the morning, the band had taught Reidy five songs.

Their fan base continued to build to an almost unheard-of level for a local band, in-turn attracting New York-based management. Winter then added drummer Jon Wilkes (whom he met years ago when his old band jammed with Wilkes' group), and the current lineup was then completed when Elias brought in his childhood friend and former band mate Joey Westwood. "The whole situation was solely based on fate," recalls Reidy. "Originally, Ronnie randomly approached Joey in a record store and told him they needed another guitarist. After joining the band I re-introduced them to Joey who became the new bass player. It only made sense." Just a few months later, following a flurry of industry attention, the band signed with Virgin Records.

With their line up in place, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio last year with producer David Bendeth, who has previously worked with Hawthorne Heights and Breaking Benjamin. "We were blown away with the sonic-quality of the Breaking Benjamin album, so we were really excited to work with him," Reidy says. "Plus, he really understood our vision."

"He really challenged us to make us a better band," Winter adds. "It wasn't always easy, and when we did something he wasn't happy with, he'd say, 'That's not good enough. You can do better and you're going to do better.' And you know what? We did."

From the chugging riffs and serpentine guitars of Atrophy to the steely rage of Justify to the tender lament of Cat and Mouse, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are determined to get their music across to the masses. There may have been a time when they didn't know if they were ready to be heard, but those days are gone, and now they're eager to tour the world and beyond with the conviction that, when your music speaks so eloquently, who cares what's in a name.

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Best Band Ever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/18/11

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus means everything to me. A month ago I saw them in concert and then got to meet them afterwards. Each and every member was so amazing. It was an experience I will NEVER forget. The concert rocked so much it hurt. My eardrums practically bled (in a good way). Anyway, every single one of their songs has its own personality. This band has magical skill and possesses an abnormal quantity of talent. May they never be forgotten!! :)



The Best Medicine | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/21/11

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is a remedy for everything. When I feel so in love that it's nearly painful, I listen to Your Guardian Angel. When someone is threatening to leave me, Disconnected. This goes on and on. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is magical. They're my favorite band ever and I will never, ever stop listening to them.



On RJA | Reviewer: Tani | 10/23/09

Red Jumpsuit is mind blowing. Never has their music failed to get me through tough times. They are truly my lifeline at times. They remind me so much of my best friend, and they are just as awesome. Although I've never seen them in concert, I could only dream of how awesome it would be. Their music runs deep in my heart and they are the meaning of "unforgettable". It invokes tears as well as laughter, love as well as sadness, but above all, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus invokes life.



tWo thUmbs uP! | Reviewer: kathleen | 1/5/09

im very fOnd of this band..i woRship this and this surely is my GoD..haha
i was rOck by their sOngs..often..just like that..
everytime i hear their sOngs..mY stUpid ass jUmps..siLLy,,

LhUbs yU gUys..



grateful | Reviewer: Rebecca Excessa | 12/17/08

sometimes it's hard to find the words that squeezed between the things that hurt and the only things that work to take the pain away. I'll be here, I'm not going anywhere. I'm happy to hear someone else is angry and tired of people feeling powerful by hurting people who are vulnerable to them. I hate what an angry man has done to my life, to my children and to me as a human being. It's lovely to hear my own feelings, rendered in words and music, distilled in a way that doesn't hurt to touch it, and just feel it completely. You helped me let him go, so I could make him go.



I Love You Guys | Reviewer: Ashley "Ashes" | 10/7/08

hey, i completely love rja. im obsessed, everything i listen to and think about is RJA. xD since the first time i heard Face Down on the radio i fell in love with them. my favorite band members are Ronnie and Elias--but i love Joey, Duke and Jon too, don't worry guys! im only fourteen and this is my favorite band and will be for who knows how many decades! and Staci if you ever read this you are so lucky to be married to ronnie! i wish i was you! love ya, girl! love you RJA!



dude, c'mon | Reviewer: :) | 2/28/08

I heard Face down whenever it had first come out. before it was on the radio and everybody knew it. RJA is a great band and have good songs and lyrics. I got "dont you fake it" for christmas and loved it.
But all these preppy people need to just go away, haha. The retards that type like this

"OMMGGEEEZZ!!!! I LOoOVe RJA!!!!!! they R de best rockingest band in the worldd!!!!! LIKE OMG!!! I AM so "EMO" I LOoOoOVe RJA!!!! THEY R SOOO "EMO"!! They Rox my sox!!! <<<3333"

Just chill out. I mean, damn. bahaha.
It makes you sound like a stupid and preppy wanna-be.
(which you most likely are)
RJA is in fact a good band. But i dont think they are necessarily "EMO"

and btw, if you dont know the lyrics to Face Down by now.. you have issues

(dont diss on this comment..
it makes sense)



There isn't a band in the whole world that's better than The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus!!! | Reviewer: Taryn | 1/11/08

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is the greatest band in the world. In October of '06, I was looking up bands and I found this band. I have every single one of their songs on my ipod. The funny thing is that most bands I like, I like two or thee songs on the whole album, but this band has an amazing ability of getting you hooked. All of their songs are sweet! They don't have a single song that sucks, and I doubt they ever will. And Ronnie is soooo hot! But, even before I knew what he looked like I was a die-hard fan of TRJA! They rock out loud. Amazing voice......amazing lyrics......amazing music! They've got everything! I've never heard a band so awesome.....guys I've got to hand it to ya....you ROCK!!!



Hello Im Haley | Reviewer: Haley | 11/16/07

Well heyy I Just Wonted To atlk to u about ur music and i love it when my parents r fighting i turn up ur music and sing to it really loadly...So I Can Zone them out...



BEST BAND EVER!! | Reviewer: Princess Leia | 11/14/07

i have got to say this is the most individual band i have ever heard. they have great balance, beautiful vocals, and lyrics that make u want to stand on a mountain top and scream them at the top of ur lungs. unlike other good bands, rja's entire albumn is amazing there is not one song that isnt amazing and powerful. although i think face down is the most understood, your guardian angel is the most touching (i listen 2 it every time im sad), and atrophy is the most rebelious. i cant wait 4 a new albumn 2 come out. AND I SOOOO HOPE THEY COME TO ST. LOUIS (there is nothing to do here trust me, we got the arch thats all and its just half a mccdonalds lump), I DONT CARE IF ITS ALL THE WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STATE I AM GOIN 2 A CONCERT!!!!!! also another thing that makes them awsome is all thoughs dudes r hot.



BEST BAND EVER!! | Reviewer: Princess Leia | 11/14/07

i have got to say this is the most individual band i have ever heard. they have great balance, beautiful vocals, and lyrics that make u want to stand on a mountain top and scream them at the top of ur lungs. unlike other good bands, rja's entire albumn is amazing there is not one song that isnt amazing and powerful. although i think face down is the most understood, your guardian angel is the most touching (i listen 2 it every time im sad), and atrophy is the most rebelious. i cant wait 4 a new albumn 2 come out. AND I SOOOO HOPE THEY COME TO ST. LOUIS (there is nothing to do here trust me, we got the arch thats all and its just half a mccdonalds lump), I DONT CARE IF ITS ALL THE WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STATE I AM GOIN 2 A CONCERT!!!!!! also another thing that makes them awsome is all thoughs dudes r hot.



wow | Reviewer: Dillan | 10/30/07

you guys are amazing. most bands i listen to only have a few songs i like. but u guys...i have every song on both ur albums and they all kick so much ass. u guys are idols to me and alot of other people. keep doing what ur doing. can't wait for another album.



Text | Reviewer: Emelie | 10/14/07

I love youre song text to every song.. im not so good on english, im from sweden and i start to hear you yeasterday an i just love it :) and i try to lurn in te song text on face down



JUST LUVIN U GUYS | Reviewer: olivia quichocho | 10/9/07

Wow it so wicked how u guys make such great music i love all ur song and u guys rock out loud!! When i listen to ur music it has so many different type of sounds and emotions and the way u just have fun with it rocks. So keep up the insane work and i'll keep listening!!!

I'LL LUV U GUY ALWAYS



HECK YES | Reviewer: cierra | 9/27/07

I LOVE the red jumpsuit apparatus... i love everyone of their song... the lead singer has the most beautiful voice... And they are such hotties!!! buy the cd!




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