Cali-based, Philly-at-heart singer-songwriter Dave Hause releases his latest project, September Haze, this Thursday, November 1st. The EP includes four new songs, as well as a cover of Brandi Carlile’s “Hold Out Your Hand.”
Last night, Hause called in to the XPN Local Show to premiere the Brandi cover, as well as another song called “Lemon Hill”; in addition, he talked about the new project, recording with Eric Bazilian of The Hooters, and what he’s been up to since we heard from him last in 2017 at the XPoNential Music Festival.
It’s probably pretty hard to be more Philly than Dave Hause. He was born here and became a mainstay in the Philly punk scene for years, spending time with bands such as Paint It Black and The Loved Ones. Saturday afternoon, he shouted out Strand of Oaks and WXPN’s own Bruce Warren and Helen Leicht during his rockin’ set on the Marina Stage. His current band, The Mermaid, covered The Roots’ “The Seed” in the middle of it all. And their newest album, released in February, is entitled Bury Me In Philly. Like I said, it’s pretty tough to out-Philly this guy. Continue reading →
When I caught up with Philly born rocker Dave Hause by phone a couple days ago, he was enjoying a quiet day off at home, still basking in the afteglow of his recent wedding. Looking ahead at the calendar, he was stoked to connect with his band The Mermaid this weekend for the XPoNential Music Festival. Their Saturday appearance warms up for a modest run of August dates, launching into full-blown road warrior mode in September as Hause and the Mermaid share stages across the country with (at various turns) Tiger Army, Gogol Bordello and Beach Slang.
It’s a heavy haul, but Hause is up for it. “I’ve kind of shifted the focus of how to work,” he says. “Having toured as a duo with select band stuff to augment it, you’re really lean and mean. You can eke out a nice living when its just two of you. You can work a little less and make a lot more. With this band, though, I’m trying to establish my own E Street or Heartbreakers vibe. And to do that, you have to play a lot.”
Going all-in like that is part of the reason Hause left his home Philadelphia, where he was born and creatively based for over a decade, and relocated to Santa Barbara, California a few years back. As evident from his 2017 album Bury Me in Philly, though, his hometown loyalties lie very much on the east coast — he even rings me up via a 215 cell phone number.
Hause’s new music video for “The Flinch,” which we’re excited to premiere for you today, is a testament to that journey. Continue reading →
While out on the road for a “very North” American tour (read: mostly Canada), Philadelphia musician Dave Hause and his band The Mermaid launched into a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Rearviewmirror” during an April 8th show in Winnipeg. The song was originally included on the Seattle outfit’s 1993 effort Vs.
Dave Hause recently made a return trip home to hang with the wonderful David Dye for a session on World Cafe. Hause talked about his new record Bury Me in Philly, an expansion on his hardcore roots that gives some callouts to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, and performs a couple tunes. Continue reading →
Philadelphia singer/songwriter Dave Hause is devoted to his city. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that, but if somehow you need more proof, his new record is called Bury Me In Philly. From the start of his set this afternoon, it was clear this was going to be a family affair. His brother was to his right playing guitar. His dad was in the audience, and at the end of the performance, Hause let his niece and nephew do their first stage dive. It’s just the kind of feel-good atmosphere you want after a long work week.
There’s a humility to this guy that permeates every aspect of his music. The arrangements, lyrics, even the way he and his band The Mermaid move around onstage feels deeply rooted in classic rock. Most of the songs came off the new record, from was the countrified “Divine Lorraine” to the alt-rock leaning “With You.” These variations kept the songs from blending together too much, but it always came back to the Springsteen-esque chug that got Hause where he is today. Continue reading →
On Saturday, February 18th, Main Street Music will have had one hundred killer in-store performances under their belt. To celebrate this achievement, Philly singer-songwriter/rocker extraordinaire Dave Hause will be capping off the 100th slot with an intimate set at 4 pm. The performance will also feature special guest, Eric Bazilian (of The Hooters) who produced Hause’s recently released album, Bury Me in Philly. Continue reading →
When he was hard at work on his third solo album, and wrestling with a bout of writer’s block, singer, songwriter, guitarist and rocker Dave Hause unlocked the key to finishing his album, when he decided to record it in Philly, his birthplace and where he grew up. Continue reading →
After a punk-tastic 2016 (which included the release a new record and a string of dates with Bad Religion and Against Me! with his pure punk rock band The Falcons) Philadelphia singer-songwriter Dave Hause is diverging, announcing his aptly titled third solo effort Bury Me in Philly, leading this new era with his newest single “With You”.
Main Street Music is hosting a jam-packed Replacements celebration on Friday, June 3rd in honor of author Bob Mehr’s new Trouble Boysbiography. The music critic and MOJO Magazine correspondent will stop by the Manayunk record shop to give a reading and lead a discussion about the alt-rock pioneers, while local musicians Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Frank Brown (Travel Lanes) will give the event a true Replacements vibe. Continue reading →