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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.
The Hollow Ends' debut full-length record is set to release in Summer 2018. The 11-song LP, mixed and mastered by Ben Majchrzak at Native Sound in St. Louis, features other St. Louis musicians as well to create a more full, epic realization of the songs. Violinist Jenn Rudisill, mandolinist Stephen Lightle, upright bassist David Anson, a host of additional vocalists and others help to add a level of legitimacy to the record. Schwartz will tour throughout the region in August for the release as well.