Photos: Dave Hause celebrates the release of his album Devour at the First Unitarian Church

Dave Hause | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | All photos by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |

Before heading out in tour in support of his new LP Devour, Philly’s Dave Hause celebrated with two back-to-back performances in the cozy and intimate Joseph Priestley Chapel on the side of the First Unitarian Church. Being a hometown affair, he had family members backing him up on stage – brother Tim on guitar and vocals, sister Melissa on keyboard and vocals – and his set was focused on the new album, but also touched on older moments (like the classic “C’Mon Kid” from Resolutions. Hause returns home to Philadelphia in April to headline World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 6th; tickets and information on the show can be found here. To listen to Dave’s recent performance for the Free at Noon concert series, click here; for our recent interviews with him about Devour and his back-catalog, go here and here.


C’mon Kid: A Brief History of Dave Hause (On Record)

HauseOkay, so Dave Hause has been in a few bands in the past decade. Things have been going pretty well for him in the “solo guy” (his words) stage of his career, what with a stream of Devour (Rise Records), his massive second solo release, premiering on The Wall Street Journal’s website earlier this week and all of that. No big deal or anything. But if you track his trajectory over the past decade or so, you’ll notice that Hause has gone through a pretty huge songwriting overhaul (but also kind of remarkably remains his own), from his days chiseling out the modern Philly hardcore scene in the early 2000’s, to founding a seminal melodic punk voice in The Loved Ones, to resting on new laurels this decade as a full-on folk rock storyteller. So let’s take a look at that timeline. Continue reading →


Deconstructing the American dream with Philly’s Dave Hause (playing Free at Noon tomorrow)

Photo by Jen Maler Photography
Photo by Jen Maler Photography

“I promised that this wouldn’t happen to me”

A bound and hooded Peregrine falcon perches atop its owner’s leather glove on the cover of Devour (Rise Records), Dave Hause’s second solo LP. The captor’s face, in a soft focus, gazes listlessly into the distance.

“They’re the fastest predators in the world,” Hause explains. “They can fly up to 240 miles per hour. It’s something you need to physically put a blindfold on and keep chained to your wrist. It has this endless, carnivorous intent that’s makes up a lot of the theme of the record.”

It’s also a pretty apt visual for what was originally intended as the third and long-awaited record from The Loved Ones, the Hause-fronted Philly punk band that has been keeping things quiet since he began cementing his solo career with his first full-length, 2011’s Resolutions (Paper + Plastick). About a third of the songs on Devour were written in between the release of the last Loved Ones record, Build & Burn (Fat Wreck Chords), and Resolutions. But before the Loved Ones were set to map out a grander, more concept-heavy record that would have been titled The Great Depression – and as Hause started to realize his potential as a solo artist – he had to stop and take some time to think for a second. “Everybody was a little ambivalent about touring, we had lost a little bit of momentum and I had gained a ton as a solo guy,” he says. “I wanted to be able to deliver the songs in various ways; live, recording them differently and not relying on a band format.” Smoldering, those songs eventually became Devour.

And what about those songs? The end result is, to be frank, a highly realized piece of songwriting, both musically and thematically, that nearly abandons Hause’s punk roots for dirt-caked, teeth-grinding heartland rock. Well-tested pop punk hooks still backbone tracks, like lead single “We Could Be Kings,” but classically American melodies, twinkling keys (played by My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster) and Hause’s wounded vocal assure that this is something else entirely- less Loved Ones and more along the lines of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town or Wrecking Ball.

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Listen to Dave Hause’s new song “Autism Vaccine Blues” (playing Free at Noon on 10/4)

HausePhilly’s Dave Hause is releasing his second solo LP Devour on Tuesday the 8th of October, and we’re happy to announce he’ll be joining us for a WXPN Free at Noon concert on Friday the 4th. With two sold-out album release performances at the First Unitarian Church’s side chapel, this is your last chance to see Hause live before he heads out on tour – so RSVP here. Hause yesterday teased another track from the new record, a barn-burner called “Autism Vaccine Blues.” He admits the title is somewhat provocative, and explains it to Esquire thusly:

The title itself is something I’ve had for a while. Between thinking of the title and writing the song, the myth was basically debunked that autism developed from vaccinations given to children. I wanted to still use the title and wanted to examine the irony that in the future we may end up with a vaccine that cures autism. It got me wondering whether the people who had been stricken with the disorder, upon being cured, would prefer to go back to their former state after being awakened and subjected to all of the complications and stress of life in America. The song is written from the perspective of someone who has been recently cured of autism and isn’t so sure they are ready and willing to cope with all that we have to offer here in modern society. I’m not so sure I am either.

Listen to the song streaming via Esquire here, and check out some footage of Hause in the studio recording Devour below.


Listen to Dave Hause’s two-part new single “The Shine” (playing the First Unitarian Chapel 10/8)

Photo by Jaci Downs
Photo by Jaci Downs

With his new LP Devour on the horizon, Philly rocker Dave Hause released a new track from it this week. “The Shine” is a curious two-parter of a singer – begins all bold and rousing, not unlike Hause’s tourmates The Gaslight Anthem, but switches gears at the two-and-a-half minute mark for an extended coda that’s pensive, introspective and almost a second part of the song. It’s got a nice Leonard Cohen reference in the mix too – “I’m just a fool in the tower of song.” Good stuff; listen below. Devour is out via Rise Records on October 8th, the night Hause plays a release show at the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church. Details on the show can be found here.


Dave Hause returns to the First Unitarian Chapel for his record release show on 10/8

Photo by Jen Maler Photography
Photo by Jen Maler Photography

Philly songwriter Dave Hause is gearing up to release his latest LP, Devour, through Rise Records on October 8th, and just announced an all-ages hometown release show the day it drops. He’ll perform in the cozy confines of the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church – an incredible, intimate place to see live music if you’ve never experienced it firsthand. Hause played there before when the Revival Tour rolled through in 2011. Tickets for the show are $10 and go on sale this Friday, August 30th, via R5 Productions; get more information here. Below, watch a video of Hause in studio with an all-star cast recording Devour, and take a listen to the lead single “We Could Be Kings” here.


Watch Dave Hause record his new Devour LP with members of Frightened Rabbit, My Morning Jacket and the Watson Twins

Photo by Andrew Stuart

Dave Hause probably gets tired of being called a “punk troubadour”, but it’s a title that fits him so well. There are those tatts, the anthemic hooks, and the hardcore background in bands like Paint it Black, The Curse and The Loved Ones. But there’s also his knack for melody, attention to songwriting detail, and the circles he moves in as a touring and recording artist.

For his latest record, Devour, Hause put together an all-star cast of musicians to work with: My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster, Social Distortion’s David Hidalgo Jr., Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, and harmony duo the Watson Twins. Even that lineup spans both words – heartland Americana and punk n’ roll.

This week, American Songwriter revealed some details on the new record, due out October 8th on Rise Records, and shared a trailer video showing Hause in the recording studio with his band. In an accompanying interview, Hause reveals the personal undercurrent of the new songs:

“The lyrical content on Devour was pretty extreme; I was writing my way through some significant mid-thirties heartbreak, and I was coming to terms with how my own demons — and the appetite that’s hard-wired into American culture — can end up haunting you as you get older. It was a really difficult album to finish. I wanted to find a silver lining, and it took a while to figure out how to end on a hopeful note. That ended up being the last third of the record.”

Watch the Devour album trailer below; for more, listen to Hause’s new single “We Could Be Kings,” released last month.


Listen to new music from Philly punk troubadour Dave Hause

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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.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Freelance Whales to The Abbey Bar, Dave Hause opening for Flogging Molly at The Electric Factory, XPN Welcomes The Stray Birds to World Cafe Live, Sour Mash at City Tap House

Brooklyn indie kids Freelance Whales head out to Harrisburg for a show at The Abbey Bar tonight.  The quintet followed up their 2009 debut with Diluvia last year.  The sophomore effort sees Freelance Whales expanding their sound and their narrative with more intricate arrangements and a complex sci-fi concept running through the tracks.  What hasn’t changed with the new release is the band’s accessible and appealing indie pop sound that got the buzz started in 2009.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Hundred Waters can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Spitting Image.”

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Beth Ann Downey’s top five rock collaborations from Philly-area natives

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, contributing writer Beth Ann Downey ranks her top collaborations from regional artists.

We music lovers read, browse, skim, agree with, disagree with and soon forget so many of these lists this time of year. But if you’re a rock/punk/alternative lover from in or around Philadelphia, hopefully you’ll remember this one.

Collaborations amongst hard-working artists are undoubtedly how the best music is made. And in a time when folk, hip-hop and electronic music seem to top most of these other lists this year, I wanted to highlight the local singers, instrumentalists and producers who work together to do what they love despite what’s popular.

Collaborations are also where we see scene veterans training or complimenting emerging talent, and vice versa. Whether it’s bringing them out on tour or asking them to provide guest vocals on a new track, it’s great to see bands helping each other, or big-time producers working diligently on what they think should become the next big thing.

Here are five examples, in no particular order, of just how much love and talent the city of Brotherly Love has to go around. Continue reading →