Local Wire

Rogue Wave

If you're toiling in a 9-to-5 job, telling yourself that one of these days your musical genius will be discovered, lemme tell you about Zach Schwartz. After years stuck in nowhere bands, Schwartz got canned from yet another job and decided, "Okay, that's it." Finally resolving to treat his music like a full-time occupation, he changed his last name to Rogue and furiously recorded a series of songs on his own, which would form the blueprint for his reflective breakthrough Out of the Shadow. Flattering comparisons to The Shins and Simon & Garfunkel soon followed, and a career was born. More a full band record than its DIY predecessor, the new Descended Like Vultures impressively retains Rogue's zigzaggy way with melody lines while sounding larger, louder and more confident. So, as you can see, it's a pretty inspiring story for all you other wanna-bes -- or one more reason to slit your wrists.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Tim Grierson
Contact: Tim Grierson