Created in 2003, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is a post-hardcore emo band from Jacksonville, Florida. Riding the screamo trend of the early 2000s, the group’s style resembles The Used, Bullet for My Valentine, and Panic! At the Disco. Their music captivated the skinny-jean wearing teens of Florida leading to their mainstream success.
The group began when high school students, Ronnie Winter and Duke Kitchens met in music class. Their passion for music became clear and the duo began writing after school. Soon, they added two more members and started The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Upon their inception, the group understood the challenge of landing a record deal. In turn, they spent their entire first year writing and recording music. After they developed their sound and a solid set list, the band began playing in the local Jacksonville area. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus garnered a following unprecedented by today’s standards. The local youth flocked in large numbers to their performances, which gained the attention of Virgin Records. In 2005, the group inked a deal with the prestigious label and began work on their first album.
One year later, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus finished their first major project. Their record, Don’t you Fake it, quickly became a fan favorite. The album sold over 500,000 copies and played on radio stations nationwide. Their popularity rose with every song released; yet, “Face Down” became their obvious front-runner. The album continued to garner mainstream success throughout the year, ending up on Madden 07 and other popular video console games. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus followed their release by headlining the US Take Action Tour with supporting acts My Chemical Romance and Rise Against. In 2007, the band used their popularity to help tornado victims in Fort Rucker, Alabama then went on the Take Action Tour in support of domestic violence victims. During this time, they also released their first DVD, with live action footage and bonus tracks.
In 2008, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus geared up and released their second album. The album release delayed on several occasions; yet, they finally got it on shelves in February. The group spent the next two years supporting the album, touring with hit acts, Hollywood Undead and others. In 2010, the group left their label and went independent. They followed this bold move my releasing their EP The Hell or High Water, and later, their third album, Am I the Enemy. The music garnered the band some success and received modest radio play. The next year, members Kitchens and Carter left the band for unknown reasons. In 2013, the group released their most current EP, Et Tu, Brute and announced an upcoming album. They are currently in the studio preparing their next project.
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