|"Minds Awake" by Rumspringa|
It goes without saying the A+R team is among the best-looking and talented anywhere. Case in point is our warehouse assistant Itaru de la Vega. The towering brunette with two Spanish parents is half of the bluesy indie rock band Rumspringa. Itaru works over the drums, while Joe Stevens commands guitar and vocals.
Andy and I've seen a load of bands in our time, especially those filed under blues (from Screamin Jay Hawkins and Buddy Guy to Stevie Ray Vaughn and the White Stripes). We first checked out Rumspringa on the invitation of mutual friends. We were hooked. (It was only months later that we recruited Itaru).
With each new show from L.A. to the U.K., their legion of fans on the club circuit is blowing up. Among them is Shia Labeouf, a longtime friend who traded in his actor's cap for one of director last month. He lead the duo in a mobile home out on the road, shooting this video of the guys out in the freezing chill of Colorado and inside one of our favorite local live dives, The Echo.
If Rumspringa roll into your town, don't miss them. It would be a shame if you didn't get to witness them in the cozy venue of some dive. Those days are undoubtedly short-lived.
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