Review: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The Garage in London opened its doors for the American rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, formed in 2003 in Middleburgh, Florida. Currently, after several changes in their line-up, the band comprises founding member Ronnie Winter (vocals), his brother Randy Winter (rhythm guitar), Josh Burke (lead guitar), Joey Westwood (bass) and John Espy (drums). So far, the band released 3 EP’s and 4 full-length albums and planned to release their next full-length album ‘The Awakening’ in 2018. Musically, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are regarded as emo, post-hardcore, pop punk, alternative rock, screamo, and emo pop band, mixing mainly clean with some screamed vocals. Furthermore, the band creates awareness against teen suicide, animal cruelty, and domestic violence.
The Garage opened its doors around 7pm, inviting a well-mixed, but mainly slightly older audience, in. Opening the stage, Veridian, a 6-piece rock band from Reading, Berkshire, started their set shortly after the crowd filled the venue. The UK band formed in 2016 and comprises Simon Jackman, Robbie Everett and Jonny Slevin. Musically, they offer a solid rock sound with dynamic, being compared with bands such as Mallory Knox and Young Guns.
The crowd was motivated and engaging. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus performed the exact line-up of the songs of their celebrated album. The set was closed with the eight-minute song ‘Grim Goodbye’, which was the band’s first ever song, according to Ronnie Winter, who gave some additional information for every song they played. Everyone was joining the performance by singing, jumping and clapping along. Both, the fans as well as the bands, seemed to have an amazing time and enjoyed the evening. Especially Ronnie’s vocal performance was impressive. His voice was on point and all the musicians delivered a great performance. The acoustic of the venue was good as well. Both, the instruments and the vocals were mixed smoothly, hence, everything was clearly understandable. The light show was simple but effective, supporting the overall atmosphere of the music. Veridian added further standing lights on the stage with their set to create a different atmosphere and further dynamic.
Overall the concert was great! It was a nostalgic journey back to the roots and the beginning of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The atmosphere was cosy, and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, both the bands and fans!