When Schwey formed in 2013, founders Isaiah Dobbs (bass/vocals) and Jacob Schwinghammer (keyboards) were teenagers attending high school, and neither they nor most of their fans were old enough to get into licensed clubs. Their first gig was at an outdoor basketball tournament. Soon, they became familiar faces in Vancouver’s underage art spaces.


“There’s a lot of underground venues in Vancouver that are kind of punk-oriented,” Jacob points out. “We don’t play punk music.”


At this, Isaiah chimes in: “But we have to match that energy in our own way. That’s why we have very exciting shows—it’s all for the kids who want to get down.”


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