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 →
It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since the release of Keep Your Heart, the full-length debut from Philly’s favorite punks The Loved Ones, but Saturday night found us celebrating its birth at a very sold out Union Transfer. Staying in tune with both the band name and album title, the evening was filled with musical reunion, emotional validation and physical purgation. It was over in the blink of an eye and bitter-sweetly, it’s not going to happen again anytime soon. Continue reading →
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Dave Hause is releasing a new four song EP, Home Alone. It includes acoustic versions of “We Could Be Kings,” and “Autism Vaccine Blues,” a new song, “Home Alone,” and a cover of “Kinda Homeless” by Brooklyn artist and musician B. David Walsh. Continue reading →
It’s striking how much time and distance can change our perspective on the past. Old relationships, weathered and worn like the spine of an old book, can take on different meanings, more nuanced interpretations, and a well-earned introspection not immediately present in those initial, sometimes fiery, but generally rarely fully-formed emotions. Especially as we age and reach a point where we might have more years behind us than ahead of us, the allure of reliving past successes, even in some small way, is undeniable. Hell, a healthy part of our entire economy is based on nostalgia, on preserving memories beyond just what can fit between our ears.
Music is no different, of course. In fact, to many it’s the largest vessel of those memories. Whether it’s an album that spoke to us as kids, or a band who we didn’t know we desperately needed until they unexpectedly came to us at a crucially impressionable time in our lives, or just a song with lyrics we may cringe at now but goddammit, these made sense back then, a longing nostalgia is inherent in nearly all of it. It’s no wonder we clamor for band reunions and anniversary reissues and albums performed live front-to-back; for better or worse, we’re all living in the past to some degree.
Even as The Loved Ones move to become somewhat complicit in this nostalgia-driven music economy, frontman Dave Hause is approaching it with an often unheard of degree of pragmatism. The band, formed in Philadelphia in 2003, will soon celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut LP Keep Your Heart with a series of rare live performances, including a hometown show at Union Transfer on Feb. 20. As Hause puts it, his mantra is to “always move forward” and he has, with a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter most recently capped by a cross-country co-headlining tour with Rocky Votolato. As I reach him on the phone, he’s holed up in his home studio, working on songs for his next solo record; “always move forward.” Continue reading →
Philly native Dave Hause rocked an awesome homecoming show at Union Transfer on Wednesday night. A full band made up by his brother Tim on guitar and keys, a couple of friends on drums and bass, and Chris Farren on guitar and keys backed the punk rock singer-songwriter. Touring in support of his sophomore solo album Devour (2013), Hause played an energetic set of songs from it as well as his debut solo LP, Resolutions (2011). Midway through the set, the band left the stage for a little while so Hause could play a couple recently written songs solo. Throughout the entire set, the crowd sang along to the music loving every minute of it. Continue reading →
Any regular Key reader or XPN listener is familiar with Dave Hause. The Philadelphia native and Loved Ones frontman turned solo artist has been a much beloved fixture of The Key, and rightfully so. Hause pretty much embodies the spirit of the local scene, even if he now finds solace in residing on the opposite coast (we’ll forgive him). And if his seemingly never-ending slew of tour dates and side projects popping up implies anything, it’s that he’s not planning on slowing down any time soon. His sophomore album Devour is painful, and beautifully so. A retrospective and heart-wrenching record, it is arguably one of the most raw things Hause has written, including his more punk-centric back catalog. I had the chance to chat with him about moving on after Devour, working with family, and his migration west. You can read the full interview below. Continue reading →