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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is aFaith driven punk rock/post hardcore band who strives to show people the lightin a world of dark through music…..
It all started with two brothersand two acoustic guitars. This is the TRUE story, strap yourself in its quite aride.
The Back Story
Ronnie and Randy began playingmusic together when they were 7 and 8 years old. Grandpa Gene came home from ayard sale and said “Here ya go learn how to play these it’s fun.” they startedlearning to play by ear and eventually formed a band called RAFM (radio activefungus monkeys) with Randy’s friend Roger. They played together a couple yearsthen split up. Ronnie met Jesse Carroll in drivers Ed and they became goodfriends over their love of punk rock. Ronnie playing drums joined Jesse’s bandcalled Burnout and they played house shows and small concerts together forabout a year then decided to start a fresh new band. They recruited Randy aslead singer and formed a Christian metal band called Dishonest. This bandplayed shows all over the southeast for the next 4 years and recorded 2 EPs aswell as developing a solid Floridafan base. Ronnie began experimenting singing and writing songs in a morepunk/post hardcore fashion the first one being called Kins and Carroll.
The birth of the JumpsuitApparatus….....
Ronnie asked Randy and Jesse ifthey wanted to start a new project and they decided to pass so Ronnie recruitedfriends from his High School (Middleburg High School) to startplaying his songs. Many friends came and went over the next year but RonnieWinter and Duke Kitchens pushed through all the changes and finally settleddown with Elias Reidy and Joey Westwood. At first Ronnie was still playingdrums but then asked local drummer Jon Wilkes to play his parts so he could sing.The rest as they say is History….
The Virgin Years
The RJA signed a deal with VirginRecords on October 27th 2005 and made their debut album with award winningproducer David Bendeth titled Don’t You Fake It. They spent the next 2 yearstouring that album all over the world filming 4 music videos and having 2singles chart on radio “Face Down” and “Guardian Angel”. Things were good.
Virgin records went through aphase of re-structuring and most of if not all of the people involved with DYFIwere fired or quit. This left the band at a home that was empty to all thingsjumpsuit. They decided to record another record with Virgin and settled withHoward Benson as producer. The album was finished and shortly after guitaristElias Reidy left the band to be replaced by Duke’s friend Matt Carter. Thenband filmed two videos and again toured the world with the single “You BetterPray” charting on rock stations all over the US. Virgin records again wentthrough another restructuring and this time the band had ” finally had enough”.The band was offered a new 360 deal by Virgin and respectfully declined thusmaking them Independent in February of 2010.
The Hell or High Water EP
Signaling their departure fromVirgin the band released a self recorded EP produced by frontman Ronnie Winterthat received great applause from old RJA fans and new alike. The band returnedto their signature sound and style with no restrains crossing religious andsonic boundaries at will seamlessly integrating the fans to their new collectivevision. Things were starting to look up again for the RjA.
Am I the Enemy
Theband paired with the collective sounds to record and release their 3rd fulllength album Am I the Enemy which reached number 6 on the Independent chartsand left most fans amply satisfied with the new spiritual and sonic direction.Josh Burke was added on Lead guitar and Ronnie’s brother Randy took the helm onrhythm to properly recreate the guitars recorded with producer John Feldmann.
Josh Burke (lead guitar) met the band at a show in his hometown, Syracuse, NYwhen he was 16 years old, as just a fan. Ronnie needed a ride to the nearestguitar center to get some gear, so Josh and his father gave him a lift. It washere where Josh was able to show Ronnie just what he could do. The two decidedto keep in contact. After keeping in touch and writing songs with Ronnie overthe next year, Josh, now 17, was offered his first gig with RJA after thedeparture of Duke Kitchens and Matt Carter at Summerfest in Milwaukee,WI with only three days to fly to Florida and rehearse.The show went great and Josh has been a member ever since.The band also decidedto keep Ronnie(Ronnie has always written the drum tracks) as the studio drummerwhen Jon Wilkes left and decided to use touring drummers to keep things freshand exciting in the drums department. The new line up has remained ever since.With direct Biblical references in both singles “Reap” and “Am I the Enemy” theband has begun their new journey and they ask…..“Will you Join Us?”
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