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Whats 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.
Strange then that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus means absolutely nothing. "Its 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 thats both surprising and invigorating
Winter and Kitchens 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.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio last year with producer David Bendeth, who has previously worked with Hawthorne Heights and Breaking Benjamin.
There may have been a time when they didnt know if they were ready to be heard, but those days are gone, and now theyre eager to tour the world and beyond with the conviction that, when your music speaks so eloquently, who cares whats in a name?
Top Customer Reviews
In Fate's Hands: 4/5 - This was a great song to start the CD off. An upbeat, catchy song with great lyrics.
Waiting: 5/5 - I loved this song just after a few seconds of listening to it. The guitar's in it make this a truely unique song.
False Pretense: 4.5/5 - I couldn't give this song just a 4, nor 5. I love the parts where they sing "ca ca ca cause you know". But it's a bit short and I wish they had made the song longer because I loved it.
Face Down: 10/5 - My favorite song on the album and of all time. And it's not some pop song coated with sugar. It's about real life things like abusive relationships and how it affects people. It has a great message in it.
Misery Loves It's Company: 3/5 - Not my favorite, but I definitly like the song. The screaming sort of makes the song less likely to be, well, "liked". But it's still a wonderful song.
Cat and Mouse: 5/5 - I've heard different versions of this song and I LOVED this song. It's not guitars, but a piano, which is something we need to hear more of these days.
Damn Regret: 3/5 - Again, not my favorite, but it's OK. I can listen to it, but not exactly have it on repeat. It's just not that song that has the "WOW" factor, but it's very catchy.
Atrophy: 4/5 - Another one of my favorite songs on the CD.Read more ›
If you had to pick out two things that stand out when listening to "In Fates Hand" you'd most certainly mention the quick-fire drum beats and riot inducing vocals. Driving rhythms and harmonic vocals set the pace for "Waiting." Chugga-chugga riffage dominate "Face Down," while the storyline delves into domestic violence. An unexpected piano piece sets the ballad "Cat and Mouse" into motion. Smooth vocal melodies continue throughout the track, along with more piano enhancement. Monster riffs run rampant on "Damn Regret." Somehow in the onslaught of distortion, the group manages to pull of some great multi-part vocals. "Atrophy" walks the line between emo and punk rock with its charging progression and belting vocals. "Justify" has one of those memorable riffs that make you want to take guitar lessons.
I was quick to dismiss The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus as another whiney emo band after their first track, but the more I listened, the more they won me over. Sure, they do delve into that genre a bit here and there, but they add other elements of rock that help create their own sound. If you're itching for something new, fun, and energetic; then look no further.
I was most impressed with the first five tracks In Fate's Hands, Waiting, False Pretense, Face Down, Misery Loves Its Company, as well as Atrophy, and Justify. The others are alright, and the extra track The Grim Goodbye is pretty good.
The only real disappointment is that a couple other tracks by RJA I had previewed online and liked, were not on this album. (Getting By, Kins & Carroll, and 20-Hour Drive come to mind). In fact, if they'd dropped 'Damn Regret', 'Cat and Mouse', and 'Seventeen Ain't So Sweet' and put those three on there, I would have given it 5 stars.
Another note is that for those wondering which version of 'Face Down' is on the album, it's the less "screamo" version. I sorta like the other version a bit more but they're both good. A couple other tracks are also different recordings or productions than the ones I'd heard before.
Either way, it's a solid album and can be purchased pretty cheap. In addition to simply listening pleasure, some of the tracks are good for background music while working out or playing videogames. Overall, a solid purchase.
The 2 singles "Face Down" and "False Pretense" are pretty good songs with decent, unpredictable melodies and swell 3-part harmonies. There is both youthful vigor and dark themes like domestic violence that resonates pretty deeply.
I am actually surprised I like this record and this band, to be honest, and that's why sometimes labeling is a bad thing...the emo/screamo tag almost shut RJA out of my existence.
This deluxe CD/DVD is a decent package...I'm surprised this record got this treatment, but it was a hit. There are 2 bonus songs on the CD...the 11 plus unlisted 12th...14 total, and a nice DVD with videos of the 2 singles, an interview, behind the scenes footage, and even photo cards of all band members...nice.
Give this a chance, you might like this band...I am surprised I do, and I'm not a kid either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this album basically for the song "Face Down". The only other really good song on this album is "Damn Regret". Read morePublished 12 days ago by Romelpis1212
I never heard of this group until I listened to one of their hits which is Face Down. Man, it's a hit!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
great, great and greater emo band than i may've once thoughtPublished 4 months ago by Nate Dee Williams
great band, in the wrong time.
the potential of this band is great. however, their rise coincided with the emo fad that makes negative stereotyping on the bands with... Read more
The best Red Jumpsuit apparatus record of all time. this album propelled the band to success. great sound from a great band!Published 5 months ago by Ruth Lopez
No! I'm not faking it when I say that this is probably one of the best album that I've heard in a long time. I've been a fan of red jumpsuit apparatus for like.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Luz Talbert
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God you're so hardcore....I mean you're so hxc that you can't even spell anarchy right. Btw, that's good that you mentioned bands that have made albums in the last decade....music changes as does the defintion of it. Green Day is now considered to be the "punk" band of all punk bands... Read More
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