The Hollow Ends is a Saint Louis, Missouri folk-rock project created by songwriter Zachary Schwartz. The primary drive of the music comes from fleeting tempos, pounding drums and a distorted hollow-body guitar, focusing the energy and function of punk and rock through the lens of roots/Americana. Schwartz's songwriting draws on the socially conscious spirit of anthemic choruses more common among punk rock bands like Bad Religion and Penny Wise, but with a pared down, minimalist ambiance and tone of folk acts like Brown Bird, Shakey Graves or Avett Brothers.
Schwartz started The Hollow Ends alone in the summer of 2014, occasionally sharing Saint Louis stages with other musicians from near and far. After playing a handful of basic guitar + vocal "singer-songwriter" gigs, it became clear that the music would benefit significantly by involving a more folk-rock sound. Through adding a kick drum and tambourine, rehashing old songs and developing new material, a sound eventually took shape.
As The Hollow Ends, Schwartz released a self-titled debut EP in the summer of 2015. The 3-song record (stream below) will demonstrate a more fleshed-out version of the songs, including drums and auxiliary percussion, a measured level of electric guitars, and harmony vocals. It will also enlist additional STL talent like bassist Charles Clements, violinist Jenn Rudisill, singer Tawaine Noah and trumpeters Pat Swan and Ethan Payer. Schwartz continues to write new material for a THE full-length set for a not-so-near future TBA release.
The first summer as The Hollow Ends will indeed be a full one for Schwartz. This includes the aforementioned release, as well as some regional touring with fellow Saint Louisan Tawaine Noah. The future for The Hollow Ends includes playing as many shows with as many folks as possible, and continuing to write new material and expand the sound. [+]