Rumspringa (n): an Amish rite of passage; the practice of releasing teenagers to explore the outside world, its sins and pleasures.
A half-century ago, baby boomer teenagers wiggled from their parents’ grips to gyrate naughtily to the sonic rebellion that was captivating America—a thrilling, liberating sound that would eventually be tagged Rock n’ Roll. It is with this spirit that Los Angeles-based Joey Stevens and Itaru de la Vega created the Americana outfit Rumspringa, which with its jumpy backbeat and colorful riffs seeks to reignite the hot, human passion of its audience. They draw on the energy of the earliest era of rock, when a hysteric wave of paranoia spread throughout the minds of parents, terrified that their children were listening to the devil’s jungle music. Kids were responding because the music had never been more alive, and Rumspringa’s contemporary tweak on dependable, rugged 12-bar blues-rock similarly awakens the inner fire of its listeners.