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Ten years since their debut, The Loved Ones are still very much loved

Dave Hause | The Loved Ones | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Dave Hause | The Loved Ones | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

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 →

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Revisiting Keep Your Heart with The Loved Ones’ Dave Hause

The Loved Ones onstage at Johnny Brenda's  earlier this year | photo by Dennis Casey | via facebook.com/TheLovedOnesBand
The Loved Ones onstage at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year | photo by Dennis Casey | via facebook.com/TheLovedOnesBand

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 →

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Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato and Chris Farren took on Union Transfer

Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

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 →

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Interview: Dave Hause discusses moving away from Philly and touring with family

Dave Hause. Source: hitthefloor.com
Dave Hause | Photo via hitthefloor.com

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Hause at Union Transfer, Sympathy and the Lion at Johnny Brenda’s, Gaslight Anthem at Chameleon Club

Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic
Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic

Philly native and The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause brings his solo tour to Union Transfer tonight. With Rocky Votolato in support and Chris Farren manning the undercard, Hause will bring the sounds of his second solo record Devour to life for the hometown crowd. Arguably his best release to date, Devour finds Hause sonically and lyrically creating the perfect bridge between punk and anthemic rock. The show is all ages, doors are at 7:30, show is at 8. You can get tickets and more info on the show here, and you can check out the video for Hause’s “We Could Be Kings” below. Continue reading →

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Three more reasons to love Dave Hause

Dave Hause. Source: hitthefloor.com
Dave Hause. Source: hitthefloor.com

Dave Hause has a lot on his plate right now, but that’s nothing new.

A native Philly singer-songwriter who has played in multiple area punk and hardcore bands, Hause is an expert at being in multiple places at once.

To bring you up to speed in case you’re not familiar, Hause got his start in short-lived punk acts The Curse and Paint it Black, but eventually hit gold when he formed The Loved Ones with former Kid Dynamite member Michael “Spider” Cotterman and drummer Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Trial By Fire and Purling Hiss, currently in Strand of Oaks). Continue reading →

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Watch Philly rocker Dave Hause talk songwriting and Devour on Last Call with Carson Daly

Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

“I’m Dave Hause; I’m from Philadelphia, I make up songs and try to sing it in key.” That’s how the Philadelphia songwriter opened his spotlight on Last Call with Carson Daly this week, touching on topics ranging from his childhood in a religious, post-Hippie musical household to the intense songwriting process for his latest LP, Devour. Continue reading →

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Listen to Dave Hause play Jenny Lewis, Leonard Cohen, D’Angelo and more on his WXPN #guestDJ set

Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philly-born rocker Dave Hause took to the airwaves on WXPN last night with a guest DJ set during the Philly Local show, showing off his wide-reaching musical tastes. He played a moving Leonard Cohen song right next to a searing Restorations jam, a blissed-out War on Drugs anthem next to an aggressive Run the Jewels gut-punch and kept the hour lively and unpredictable. Continue reading →

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Dave Hause will guest DJ tonight’s Philly Local show on WXPN

Dave Hause on stage at The High Dive during his FEST 13 set | Photo by John Vettese
Dave Hause on stage at The High Dive during his FEST 13 set | Photo by John Vettese

This week’s WXPN Philly Local show on WXPN will feature special guest DJ Dave Hause spinning an hour-long set with a lot of variety: some singer-songwriters, some rock bands, some punk and hip-hop, all chosen from the albums the Philly native has been listening to over the past year and change on the road in support of his excellent 2013 record Devour.

“When that album came out, I toured for ten straight weeks, and any new record that came out, I tried to check it out because we had those long van rides,” Hause says. “Now I’m off for a while making a new record, but most of 2014 I spent touring. It’s become such a big part of my lifestyle in general that if I don’t tour for too long it starts to feel weird. It’s about establishing some kind of balance between playing shows, writing and being home.” Continue reading →