Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Always the Average-Joe-from-Middleburg Band'; Band Returning to Jacksonville for the 10th Anniversary of 1st Album

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Always the Average-Joe-from-Middleburg Band'; Band Returning to Jacksonville for the 10th Anniversary of 1st Album

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Byline: Cassidy Alexander

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is a band with two sets of fans - the ones who only know the newer music that has been popular as Christian Rock, and the ones who listened to the older music and still love it.

Ronnie Winter, the band's lead singer, calls both sets of fans "the most normal fans." They're the ones who don't really form mosh pits but still have fun, who are all there for different reasons but still feel like a cohesive group.

This is the group that will assemble Monday evening, when The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus returns to Jacksonville as part of its 10-year anniversary tour of "Don't You Fake It" - the band's first album.

RJA got its start just south of Jacksonville, in Middleburg. There, the band garnered a huge fan base that attracted the attention of record labels and led to their signing with Virgin Records.

Their most popular song, "Face Down," was on "Don't You Fake It" and will bring listeners back to the early-2000s era of pop punk. The poignant lyrics give way to screams as the song, dubbed a domestic violence anthem, reaches a crescendo.

"We've always been the average-Joe-from-Middleburg band," Winter said. This status was underscored by the fact that Winter attended UNF and played tuba in the orchestra.

"UNF rocks, I loved it," Winter said, although he didn't finish his music degree.

After its first album, the band left Virgin Records to shift focus to more Christian-oriented music. While the band members have always been spiritual, their music on the first album is not so obvious about it.

After "Don't You Fake It," RJA put out several albums, all of which stayed true to the band's pop-punk sound.

The band has shifted a lot since its inception in 2003. When the band started, it was just an idea shared by Winter and his then-bandmate, Duke Kitchens. …

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