If you follow tattooed troubadour Dave Hause in the social media universe, you will notice something very quickly: dude really likes to tour. Somehow, in between the photos we see of him performing and partying with his punk rock brethren, Philly’s Hause made his way into the studio and recorded a followup to his 2011 debut Resolutions. The album, Devour, will be released October 8th through Rise Records, and features collaborations with Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, and The Watson Twins, to name a few.
Today, Hause premiered a new track called “We Could Be Kings” on Rolling Stone, and you can tell that all the time he’s spent on the road with Gaslight Anthem and the Revival Tour has rubbed off. It’s a very rousing, anthemic slice of populist Americana, an exciting progression from the poppy punk rock he played in The Loved Ones. Hause tells Rolling Stone that the song, in a way, looks at the point where the American Dream clashes with reality:
Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in America in the 1980s involved all kinds of promises. If you believe in this God, if you go to this school, if you work hard, if you are a good person. . . you could seemingly have it all. Seeing what those promises and expectations really shook out to be for so many people is a very different scenario than what was hoped for. This song is for those people.
Listen to “We Could Be Kings” via Rolling Stone’s premier here.