Spend the Weekend with Rogue Wave and Their New Music

May 10th, 2016

Like a lot of people, Zach Schwartz (d/b/a Zach Rogue) lost his dot-com job in 2002. But rather than wallowing in misery, he saw it as an opportunity. So he left Northern California to record music with friends in New York City. And by the time he returned to the West Coast, he had enough material to fill out the first Rogue Wave album, 2004’s Out of the Shadow (stream it below), praised by Pitchfork for reflecting “both a lush, sunny ‘California Dreamin’’ temperament and Gotham’s grimy, melancholic disposition.” But despite writing and recording the LP by himself, Schwartz wasn’t looking for his new endeavor to be a solo act, so he sought out like-minded musicians on Craigslist to perform the material live. Other than Patrick Sturgeon (drums), the rest of the lineup has been a bit of a revolving door over the years. Masanori Christianson (bass), Rob Easson (synths and guitar) and Dan Iead (guitar and vocals) came aboard for 2013’s Nightingale Floors (stream it below). And now Rogue Wave (above, doing “California Bride” for WFUV FM) are back with their sixth studio full-length, the recently released Delusions of Grand Fur (stream it below), which PopMatters says, “manages to balance clear folk influences with gawking explorations of electronica…. Three years has been a while to wait for Rogue Wave fans, but they’re not going to be disappointed by this release.” See them live and in person on Friday at The Bowery Ballroom and on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.