Poetic Thrust

Having shared stages with bands such as The Districts, Caroline Rose, and The Nude Party; Schmave, an indie/lofi/rock outfit from New Paltz, NY, has been steadily rising in popularity for over two years. Schmave grew up in the one-stoplight town of Alfred in Western NY, an experience that has proven to be highly influential in his writing. Having come from this almost entirely rural area of NY, moving to New Paltz was akin to becoming immersed in the hustle and bustle of a small city.

On the heels of the successful release of his first album, Painted Post, Schmave and his band have been touring upstate New York and New England, and packing out shows in the Hudson Valley. The new album, We're Rowboat People, tends to reflect on the past in picturesque, yet cryptic and abstract ways. Elements of nostalgia and intimacy, interwoven with rhythms and harmonies that have been compared to the likes of The Born Ruffians, Rubblebucket, and The Shins, drive forward songs that recount past experiences and relationships. In a discussion surrounding expensive yachts, Avery's father exclaimed "We're rowboat people!" implying that they didn't need a fancy yacht. At it's core, We're Rowboat People invokes imagery of moving forward in time, while simultaneously looking into the past.

Brandon Markell Holmes



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