Formed in 2003 in Middleburg, Fla., the band members were urged by several friends to pursue their music seriously after writing and rehearsing for 18 months. This encouragement led the guys to book themselves several local shows, to the quick embrace of their hometown scene. As the buzz grew, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus recorded their first EP and began relentlessly spreading their name around Florida. Despite a rapidly developing fan base, several subsequent label showcases amounted to nothing and various band members either exited or were booted from the group.
Undeterred, the band’s remaining core — vocalist Ronnie Winter and guitarist Duke Kitchens — began to rebuild the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, focusing on a blend of emo-pop, screamo and alternative rock. Soon completing the quintet were guitarist/vocalist Elias Reidy and bassist Joey Westwood, both of who had previously played together in a metal band called In Fate’s Hands, as well as drummer Jon Wilkes. A few months after the lineup was solidified, the guys inked a deal with Virgin. Their full-length debut, “Don’t You Fake It,” appeared in July 2006 and was certified Gold by the year’s end, propelled by the success of the Top 40 single “Face Down” and the band’s stint on the summer-long Warped Tour. The guys also contributed a track to the video game soundtrack for “Madden NFL 2007.”
Sunday’s show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance for general admission, all ages. Buy tickets online at www.ticketweb.com, www.jmaxproductions.net, at Recycled Records, 3344 Kietzke Lane in Reno, or at The Alley, 906 Victorian Ave.