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Rogue Wave Leader Doesn't Let Injury Keep Him Down

of the Oakland Press

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A three-year gap wasn’t part of the agenda for Rogue Wave leader Zach Schwartz, but a degenerative neck condition laid him up, filling part of the time between 2007’s “Asleep at Heaven’s Gate” and this year’s “Permalight” with apprehension about whether he’d even be able to make music anymore.

“I wasn’t able to do music for several months, or any physical activity whatsoever, and I thought that was going to be a permanent situation,” says Schwartz, 35, who started Rogue Wave eight years ago in his native Oakland, Calif. “I’ve dealt with spinal pain most of my life, and it’s like any situation you have to adapt to.

“I just kind of refuse to let it stop me, you know?”

Schwartz notes that he could have made “a dark, woe-is-me album” from that experience, but he chose to take the opposite route.

“I had this sense of just joy that I could play music again,” he explains. “I felt that even if I was going to talk about topics on the record that were maybe not pleasant, there could be an unbridled sense of hope, that there’s still some light in any situation.

“So what ‘Permalight’ is about is that refusal to not appreciate the present. The present is so important. It’s so lost. Everything is so disposable and becoming more so. So this is kind of a reaction to that and just wanting to stop and appreciate what you have now and not take it for granted.”

Rogue Wave and Gamble House perform Tuesday, July 20, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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