Recently signed to Virgin Records, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has been on the road to success since 2003. Recently they played at South by Southwest, Bamboozle Fest, toured with 30 Seconds to Mars and will be a feature on this summer’s Warped Tour. Their first album, Don’t You Fake It is due to hit the shelves July 18 and the first single, “Face Down,” will be launched on radio this month. For these reasons and many more, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is a Blogcritics’ featured artist for the month for June.
But who are Red Jumpsuit Apparatus? The youthful band, the members have an average age of 21, hail from the Jacksonville, Florida area. Their frontman is Ronnie Winter. Duke Kitchens and Elias Reidy are both guitarists, Joey Westwood plays bass, and their drummer is Jon Wilkes.
Don’t spend too my time trying to decipher some hidden meaning about the strange combination of words in the band’s name; according to Ronnie Winters, it means absolutely nothing. “I think it’s funny when bands scramble their brains and try and come up with some unique, untouchable band name.” Elias Reidy explains the importance should be place on the music instead.
Trying to force the band into one particular category can be difficult, too. Is it hard? It's more than that, it's a hybrid of metal and emo. Thrown in the mix, however, are melodic guitar and vocal lines which are at times reminiscent of alternative pop. Their forthcoming album contains everything from the pounding, driving first single, “Face Down,” which tackles the hard subject of domestic violence all the way to beautiful ballad, “Guardian Angel.” Both songs and every one in between dig deep and lay it all out.
About their music, Reidy says, “You kind of have to try your best to step outside of the box and be as unpredictable as possible to separate yourself.”