Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Middleburg power-punk finally in SA

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was formed in Middleburg, Florida, in 2003 and has soared up both commercial charts (like our own 5FM Powermix) and on faith-based radio stations. They’ve penned songs for WWE (“Reap” was the official theme song for October’s “Hell In A Cell” contest) and their single “Am I The Enemy” hit No.1 on America’s Christian radio charts upon release. Not bad or a band from Middleburg, Florida.
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The members of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

 
This interview by Evan Milton first appeared in the ‘Weekend Argus’ of 2013/11/10.
 
“You have a Middelburg in South Africa too, although it’s spelled differently?” laughs founder and frontman Ronnie Winter. “Our Middleburg is named for the exact same reason. Midway between Gainsville, which is home to the Florida Gators, the big basketball and baseball teams, and Jacksonville, the biggest city in Florida, we’re one of those towns that started out as a little connection piece. That’s us.”
 
With a pop-punk and melodic hard rock sound that has seen them compared to Linkin Park and Hoobastank, the band was booked for the 2009 “Coke Zero Fest”, alongside Snow Patrol and Panic At The Disco. At the last minute, their slot was pulled.
 
“I’m glad you asked, because it’s something we want to address,” says Winter. “When you have a manager and a big record label, then decisions get made for you. We were pulled out of the show, but we were never that band that doesn’t want to go to South Africa. It wasn’t our fault, but we understand how it made the fans feel. This time we’re our own bosses, and we can’t wait to play in your country.”
 
“Ten years is a long time to be playing in a band,” Winter reflects. “In the beginning it was just me with an acoustic guitar. Then a couple of friends joined, and we’ve had some changes. Matt Carter needed to take a break from the band – often family comes into play, or home situations. Having him back on guitar, you can hear his influence on “Hell or High Water” and “Am I the Enemy“. The fans are familiar with his sound, and he’s an incredible asset on the live show. But it’s always been about the songs, and striving to create good music. I’m never going to stop being a musician and a songwriter.”
 
Guitars aren’t the only thing the band will be bringing with them, though. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is renowned as a skating band.
 
“Me and my brother, Randy, and JC, our media guy, we’ve always been skaters,” says Winter. “We usually have about four skateboards with us and, any excuse we get to find a sweet edge; we’ll take it. If there’s a community skate park on our tour route, we’ll always try and drop into it. There’s just something about punk rock and skating that go hand in hand.”
 
This interview by Evan Milton first appeared in the ‘Weekend Argus’ of 2013/11/10.
 
 The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus play the SynergyLive main stage on Friday 30 November alongside Taxi Violence, Bittereinder, Crash Car Burn, Van Coke Kartel, Woodstock Mafia, Beatenberg, The Plastics, Jack Parow and more (SynergyLive runs from Friday 30 November to Sunday 1 December, Theewaterskloof, Old Caledon Road, off R321/R45; tickets R550 from outlets; R590 (three day) or R500 (Saturday and Sunday) from WebTickets.co.za; R620 at gate). Strictly no under-18s. Luxury camping details at HeartbreakMotel.co.za. More on SynergyLive.co.za.
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