The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to get their music across in Belfast

‘Don’t You Fake It’, their debut album, has to date sold over half a million copies in the U.S. The album’s 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 addition to being musically adventurous, the band don’t shy away from confessional, confrontational lyrics. The cantankerous ‘Seventeen Ain’t So Sweet’ addresses a female friend who has an amazing voice but has been unable to make a dent in the music industry because she doesn’t look like a plastic pop idol, and the reflective, flowing ‘Your Guardian Angel’ shows Winters letting down his guard and trying to express what it really feels like to be in love. But it’s ‘Face Down’, a scathing indictment of domestic abuse, which makes the most emotional impact.
As Ronnie Winter, the band’s singer points out; “Where I come from, you see it when you go to the store, you see it when you stop for a smoke, you see it all the time. It’s something everybody sees and doesn’t do anything about because they’re just so accustomed to it. I was the same way and I was a victim of it. So the best way I could think of to get people to not make the same mistake I did was to write about it.” The single and its accompanying video, which tackles the issues raised in the song, had a huge impact in the U.S., where it has remained in rotation at rock radio and TV since its release last year, and recently starting making in-roads at pop radio and TV.

From the chugging riffs and serpentine guitars of ‘Atrophy’ to the steely rage of ‘Justify’ to the tender lament of ‘Cat and Mouse’, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are determined to get their music across to the masses.

The band’s recent U.S. headline tour sold out in a matter of weeks. They will be the headliners for the entire Warped Tour this summer.


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