$ 15.00 — $20.00 / Age All Ages
Our Objective: Writing straight forward rock songs about topics that are REAL and you can relate to. There's no hidden meaning. We want you to understand and we want to share it with you. RJA is a family and we want you to be a part of it.About Us: 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.