REVIEW: RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS AT CLWB IFOR BACH (08/03/11)
The last few songs of first support act LYU was enough to judge them on, and it’s unfortunate that this reviewer didn’t catch the whole set. Pop punk tinged mayhem, with hooks and melodies that would have you humming for days. I’m sure that this band is going places, and you might want to follow them. After an agonising wait between bands, which did seem to drag on forever, Yashin took the stage to a massive dubstep tune. Straight away they launched into what can only be described as a collision of all things punk and metal. The duel front men were charismatic, and endeavoured to involve the crowd throughout their short, but entertaining set list. And they succeeded in doing so, to the point where one patron had to be escorted from the pit by bouncers, due to an unforeseen injury picked up amongst the pandemonium on Clwb Ifor’s dancefloor. The pinnacle of the evening was clearly the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. It was their first visit to Wales, and it was certainly a well received one. The band took to the stage, and had the relatively young crowd eagerly waiting as they set up. As soon as the first song began, lead singer Ronnie Winter had the attendees hanging on his every word, and screaming many of them back at him. The different singing styles are what impresses about Ronnie Winter, one second he is singing in a clean vocal, then screaming from the depth of his lungs, and then from no where extending notes in a vibrato fashion that Luciano Pavarotti would be proud of. The rest of the band is equally as talented, and the musicianship shown throughout the set is remarkable. It would be very difficult to spot a mistake made by any of the band members. The band is releasing all material independently after parting ways with Virgin Records, and one can only hope that this doesn’t hinder them from being heard by the masses, because they deserve it. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came to Clwb Ifor to satisfy their Welsh fans, and that they did. They also almost took down Clwb Ifor from the foundations at the same time.
Words: William Parke
Photo: 3/4 of Zer0 via Flickr
by 247 Magazine