US post-hardcore legends, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will be returning to Australia this May for a national headline tour as part of their Don’t You Fake It –10 Year Anniversary World Tour. The band will be celebrating the iconic release by playing it IN FULL from start to finish!
The Upside News chatted with vocalist Ronnie Winter before the band perform to a sold out crowd at Fowlers Live on May 13. The success of the Don’t You Fake It – 10-year anniversary tours have been seen everywhere as Australia is one of the last countries to see their debut album performed in full live.
“It’s a world tour and they’ve done really well. We never had an opportunity to play the album in full, even when it came out. We were just opening up for bigger bands for the first two years of our career. By the time our second album came out we were doing more headlining shows” Ronnie explains.
“We were going to do Australia last year but my wife and I had a baby so we had to move the tour so we could raise him and be around him for the first crucial couple of months. We couldn’t fly with an infant all the way over there. We really don’t want to leave Australia out of the 10-year anniversary tour run”.
Unlike many other full album performances, Don’t You Fake It was always intended to be performed live and in full. With this in mind, Ronnie says the full performance goes off without a hitch.
“We’re a simple rock band, never been big on eyeliner of flashy clothes, it’s pretty easy for us to pull the album off live. It’s essentially two guitars, a drummer, a bass player and a singer, so it’s fun to play this record live because it doesn’t take a lot. It translates really well”.
The flow of Don’t You Fake It is smooth and chronological with Ronnie explaining each Red Jumpsuit Apparatus album takes inspiration from the old school rock mentality of being played from front to back.
“I actually spend a lot of time with my track listing, the only thing I don’t spend a lot of time on is naming the songs, I save that for the last step. As far as the track listing, I’ve been heavily involved in that because I want our albums to flow consistently from beginning to end because I’ve actually always planned on playing them live”.
“I was a big Pink Floyd fan and their albums were meant to be experienced from beginning to end. That’s what I grew up on my grandfather who played the guitar was one of the biggest Pink Floyd fans there ever was. It was just one of those things where I didn’t necessarily believe it had to be a concept album, but I’ve always liked playing Pink Floyd albums in full. A lot of people act like it’s a new thing [playing albums in full] but it’s really going back to the old rock style where bands used to play albums in full. I’m glad it’s coming full circle and we’re a part of it”.
Adelaide is sold out but tickets are still available in certain states for their national tour…. for now.