Rumspringer EP

Written by: PP on 08/01/2010 12:40:12

Rumspringer are a tiny Midwestern punk band from Tempe, Arizona, and like so many other bands of their style as of late, they, too, have crafted a hell of an EP worthy of getting these guys signed to a bigger label. Not only do they sound like a band perfectly suitable for the Fat Wreck Chords roster, but they share lots in common with bands like Banner Pilot and The Lawrence Arms, maybe even Latterman if you listen closely to their self-titled EP. The band has a scratchy, coarse-throated vocalist who sounds just like the guy from Banner Pilot, and they have a warm, unpolished sound that's rough around the edges, just the what an underground Midwestern punk band should have. But more importantly, they have the songs to make me fall in love with their sound. So Fat Wreck Bands, ahoy, check these guys out right now.

The highlight of the EP is the vibrant, rumbling bass clearly audible on the background, contrasted by a high-pitch guitar alternating between hooks and simple three chord delivery. The drums are surprisingly varied for an album of this style, it's just too bad they're so far in the background that you barely pay attention to them. They have a genuine sound that creates an all-encompassing feeling of warmth around the listener (kind of like The Serious Geniuses and Steady State), a telling sign that Rumspringer are a band playing music for the sake of playing music - they just wanna be heard, that's all. It's such a warm and inviting sound that instantly puts you in a good mood, an attribute created by the perfect balance of pop and rawness in the band's choruses. "Spring Breakdown" and "Postcard Gestures" both invite for basement-style sing alongs with an intensively emotional sound that has been crafted with love. Just listen to the former and tell me you aren't instantly in love with their eccentric, worry-free sound? Clocking in at just under 18 minutes and six songs, everyone should have enough time to check these guys out, because they're the proof of how gimmick-free, simple music can be excellent if you put lots of emotion into creating it. I can't wait for an eventual full length.

Download: Spring Breakdown, Postcard Gestures
For the fans of: Banner Pilot, The Lawrence Arms, Latterman, Steady State
Listen: Myspace

Release date 03.01.2009
Traffic Street Records

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