May 6, 2008

Jump off with The Red Jumpsuit

And here they are, capturing my attention with their kind of music. All my genres in one absolutely great combinations of punk, screamo and metal music. Introduced their debut album Don't you Fake It with bunch of great songs that lift every veins and be eager to sing with them.

Composed of different guys of different sounds:
Ronnie Winter: Not just a vocalist, a good vocalist. emotional tone of voice captures every emotion engraved in the songs.
Elias Reidy: The guitar guy guy streaming with his fast fingers take all the to great music and he also the backing vocal.
Duke Kitchens: Guitar, Piano, Vocals, totally gifted guy in playing those instruments with a heart
Joey Westwood: The bass, the one who gives upbeats to every tabs and chord, I wish I am as good as him...=)
Jon Wilkes: The idol, the beat, the one's responsible for making the big jump for people who listens their songs...

So, What's in the name? A little bit of confused for their name was so a little bit of explanation:
*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 it's 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."

Behind These All

It's not easy to form this kind of band, TRJA (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) had also got many hardships before became famous. Winter and Kitchens left in the original TRJA on 2003. For 18 months, they rehearsed and started to play again with actually for no reason. When some colleagues heard them jam, they suggested that they will play again. 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.

Because of the response of the people who listens their songs, they are encouraged to take it all the way. They contacted a local recording studio and see it if they can record their songs for promoting their music to schools, beaches etc. But this is not the time for them to shine.

In discouragement, some of the members of the band were removed and disbanded the TRJA for the second time. The remaining members never lose determination to succeed, they looked for some great musicians that will complete their band. Several artist came including Reidy. His kind of playing compliments with that of Winter's. "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.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio last year with producer David Bendeth, who has previously worked with Hawthorne Heights and Breaking Benjamin. "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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