The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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Origin = Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Genre = Pop punk Post-hardcore
Years_active = 2003 - Present
Label = Virgin Records 2006-2007 Capitol Records 2007-present
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Current_members = Ronnie Winter
Duke Kitchens
Elias Reidy
Joey Westwood
Jon Wilkes
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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (also known as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus or RJA is an American rock band that formed in 2003 in Jacksonville, Florida.


The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus started out as a local band in Middleburg, Florida, which is south of Jacksonville, according to The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' official website. The name, "Red Jumpsuit Apparatus", was chosen by placing random words on a wall, and then blindfolding one of the members and choosing a few words. Some other names the band thought about using were "Umbrella Ninjas", and "Evil Slamina". (Evil Slamina being 'Live Animals' spelled backwards.) The band was unofficially started by Ronnie Winter and Duke Kitchens in 2001 after they had played together doing Blink-182 cover songs in AP music theory. It wasn't started officially until 2003.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus released an untitled demo with three songs in mid 2004. Immediately after they followed that up with their first EP the "Kins and Carroll" also in mid 2004. By the end of 2004 they added songs to their EP to complete a 12 song LP also untitled. In 2005 they signed to Jason Flom at Virgin records. Later in 2006 they released their first LP, "Don't You Fake It" with the singles "Face Down", "False Pretense", "Your Guardian Angel", and "Damn Regret", which was certified gold on November 27, 2006 by the RIAA for sales shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. [ THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS Turns Gold: 'DON'T YOU FAKE IT' Is Certified Gold] , PR Newswire] As of February 2007, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus headlined the US Take Action Tour organized for the prevention of youth suicide, along with bands such as My Chemical Romance and Rise Against. [ TICKETS: Dave Matthews Band to play MGM Grand on March 23-24] , Las Vegas Review-Journal] Their song "In Fate's Hands" (which was the name of Joey and Elias's previous project) is featured in the video game "Madden NFL 07", their song "Face Down" is featured in the video game ""

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus "Don't You Fake It" Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD) was released on February 23, 2007. The CD features the album and two exclusive songs, an acoustic version of "Face Down" and a never released out of Australia bonus track "Disconnected".

In a 2007 interview with the Florida Entertainment Scene, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus teamed up with Virgin Records to raise funds for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. They also headlined the Take Action! Tour which sponsors awareness against teen suicide and against animal cruelty.

As of June 2007, according to, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have begun work on a second album that should be released in early 2009. [ Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Hoarding New Songs] ,] The band was pulled out of their confirmed appearances at the Australian Soundwave Festival Tour 2008 by Label president Jason Flom who promised to have the band in the studio by February 1st, but didn't pull through citing the current faltering position of EMI's financial problems.

As of April 2008, the band began an acoustic tour the east coast in various locations with the group Amaru, who is from the same home town. Ronnie said that the tour felt like they were "Getting back where we all started."

"In Fate's Hands" is used in "Madden NFL 07" as well as the 2007 EVER OSL "Starleague (Ongamenet)". Additional songs used during that OSL season were "Waiting" and "Atrophy".

After pulling out of the 2008 Australian Soundwave Festival, the band is taking part in the line-up for 2009.

On September 30th 2008, the band announced in a Myspace blog that on October 3rd, they would be premiering a demo version of a song from the upcoming album. The song was to be available a day earlier for members of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus "Alliance" fan group. However, the studio of the song "Pen and Paper" was released to members of the "Alliance" fan group on October 9th, and was released on the band's MySpace the following day.


*Ronnie Winter (born December 4, 1983) vocals
*Duke Kitchens (born in 1985) guitars, piano, backing vocals
*Elias Reidy (born August 23 1986), Orange Park, FL) guitars
*Joey Westwood (born February 26, San Diego), bass
*Jon Wilkes, drums




External links

* [ Official website]
* [ interview and live footage]
* [ The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus] on MySpace
* [ The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus] On PureVolume
* [ The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Interview by Florida Entertainment Scene]
* [ Interview from November 2007]
* [ VerseOne Magazine Exclusive]

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