Jacksonville, Florida's platinum rockers The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have been hard at work since early July in the Valley Village, California studio of rock super-producer Howard Benson (Hoobastank, P.O.D., Less Than Jake, Daughtry, Seether, All-American Rejects), recording the follow-up to 'Don't You Fake It', one of the longest-running breakthrough albums in recent rock history.
The rock quintet comprised of Ronnie Winter (lead vocals), Elias Reidy (guitar, backing vocals), Duke Kitchens (guitar, piano, vocals), Joey Westwood (bass, vocals) and Jon Wilkes (drums, vocals) forged a rare bond of closeness and healing with listeners from their very first single "Face Down," an unsparing, full-throated cry against domestic violence.
The album 'Don't Fake It' charted for 62 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 while "Face Down" stayed atop the Top 20 Modern Rock airplay list until chart rules mandated its retirement after 52 weeks. Additionally, "Face Down" has sold over 1.5 million digital singles and been streamed over 16.6 million times on MySpace.
In fact, nearly a year after the July 2006 release of the album, several of the tracks are still going strong, collectively garnering close to 50 million streams on the band's MySpace page.
Another track of note, "Your Guardian Angel", was adopted as a touchstone anthem of both solemn and festive occasions: in addition to 10.2 million MySpace spins and 455,000 single downloads, thousands of Facebook and YouTube photo flipbooks and videos appeared with the images of loved ones set to the song, not to mention the countless plays received at weddings, school gatherings and proms, while "Damn Regret" and "False Pretense" are both nearing 100,000 single downloads apiece.
The overwhelming response to the band recently prompted The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to send regrets via their MySpace page to their now-worldwide fanbase that they would not be joining this summer's Warped Tour. Although RJA have been fan favorites for three years running, they assured fans that the time was being well-spent in the studio and even more productive than anticipated with Benson behind the board.
Since the release of 'Don't Fake It', RJA has also been an active force for a wide array of charitable organizations and social causes, including teen suicide prevention, mental health parity and a strong commitment to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In addition to these charitable commitments, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Guardian Angel Foundation has been formed as an umbrella group to support under funded high school band programs, to promote and enhance student musical development; support individuals affected by domestic violence, to break the cycle of abuse; and contribute to research that focuses on management of acute hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients.
The new CD is slated for release in early 2009.