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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   05.09.13 21:49

From the bio on Dave's new website:

For Dave Hause the American dream is a broken promise, a childhood ideal that has been shattered by the reality of the past two decades. On the musician’s second solo album, Devour, Hause scours the foundation of that crumbled dream in an attempt to discover how everything we believed growing up could have turned out so differently. The album, initially written to become the third record from Hause’s rock band The Loved Ones, follows his 2011 solo debut Resolutions, a disc that allowed the musician to understand his potential as his own artist.

As Hause, a Philadelphia native, began penning new music for a new album from The Loved Ones, it became clear that the group, who had taken a break after their second album, had stalled. These songs, however, which showcased a clear thematic journey, were meant to be vocalized by Hause and over the past few years he transformed them into Devour. Hause solidified the album’s sequence before even going into the studio, aiming to craft a narrative arc that drove the album from its dark, heavy first half into a lighter, more hopeful tone. A thematic line of melody runs through the songs, reflecting the overarching ideas in the music itself. The disc explores the heartbreak of shattered childhood promises of a better world and concludes with optimistic hope.

“Devour is about that inherent American appetite,” Hause says. “It’s in all the songs in some degree. There’s a reason why Tony Soprano became such a huge American icon – he’s this guy with this insane appetite for women and food and power. I think for the American public to latch onto a figure like that says something. Some of the positive things about America come from that as well, but there’s a real sense of reckoning that comes from devouring everything in front of you. Is it ever enough?”

The rock songs, tinged with folk and punk tones, are firmly rooted in Hause’s own upbringing and the sensibility that comes from growing up in a blue collar neighborhood driven by the lingering anticipation of upward mobility. In the lyrics, the fulcrum around which the album revolves, Hause grapples with this working class ideal and the fact that America’s recent shifts have caused it to no longer fit. From “The Great Depression,” which centers on the unfulfilled promises laid out in the Reagan-era ‘80s, to the more specific-minded relationships of “Father’s Son,” Devour comes to terms with the loss of youthful innocence in a rapidly evolving world.

“I wanted to shine a light back on what was going on,” Hause says. “It was a topic that was close to me and I wanted to write about it. In the end, it leaves you with the idea that if you have music and love you may be able to save yourself. It’s going to be alright. That simple John Lennon concept of all you need is love. That’s how I wrote myself out of the dark and the music begs the listener to come take that risk as well.”

Once Hause had the track sequence and overall narrative in place he enlisted producer Andrew Alekel along with musician and co-producer Mitchell Townsend. The producers helped Hause collect the right musicians to build the songs in the best way possible, including My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster, Social Distortion drummer David Hidalgo Jr. and bassist Bob Thomson. Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba and The Watson Twins also appear on several tracks. Hause and his crew recorded the album over several weeks from mid-February to mid-March at Grandmaster Recorders LTD. in Hollywood, CA, focusing on giving each song the right tone while maintaining an overall musical aesthetic that helps tie the lyrical themes together.

“It was this group effort,” Hause says. “A lot of trust went into letting Andrew and Mitch be the architects of the record. I trusted that we would get in there and they would know who was right for the music. They wanted to bring these people together in this great studio to get a record that was greater than the sum of its parts. I’m glad I trusted them because it was great to work with everyone there.”

For the musician, who has toured with Social Distortion, The Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls and Chuck Ragan since launching his solo career, Devour is a cathartic release, both sonically and lyrically. Hause recently relocated to California and is committed to pursing the music he feels best reflects him individually. The journey on the album, the search for the light at the end of the tunnel, mirrors his own trek. The record closes with the delicate introspection of “Benediction,” a song that pulls lyrical lines from all the tracks that precede it. After all the ruined promises and the culminating disappointments of the world, Hause ends the album with the sentiment of possibility. “It’s love my friend in the end that can save us tonight,” he sings. “So are you in?”

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   05.09.13 21:50

mieder wrote:
Hey,

I haven't ordered the album yet, because I really can't afford the shipping. But I've seen a pre-order over at finestvinyl and they have a tote bag/vinyl record bundle. http://www.finestvinyl.de/hause-dave-devour-tote-bag-lp-bundle-64913,88
I actually wanted to wait for an Uncle M pre-order, but I've seen them refer to that page a few times, so I guess they're cool, aren't they? Have any of you ever ordered something from finestvinyl?

Haven't ordered there yet but they seem to be very cool people. I don't think you need to have any doubts ordering there ...

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   28.09.13 18:42


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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   28.09.13 20:07

enola wrote:
Seems the German release date has been pushed back to Oct. 11th

https://www.finestvinyl.de/hause-dave-devour-64782,20

http://www.amazon.de/Devour-Hause-Dave/dp/B00EMLKW42/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1380386429&sr=1-1&keywords=devour+dave+hause

that sucks!!!
I remember reading it was Oct. 4th... Sad
Well hope the shipping is REALLY fast!!!
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   30.09.13 15:12

Merchnow start shipping the preorders tomorrow.

Good news for all you Americans but I don't think that the records make it to Europe in time ....

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 16:52

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 17:27


AWESOME! So great! I have no words right now...

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 17:48

after one listen through:

After "Handwritten" and some other stuff released in the last two years this is again an album which is more "poppy" and "polished"/"mainstream" than i would have wished. BUT nevertheless a really great album!

favorites:
"We Could Be Kings"
"Before"
"Becoming Secular"
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"Benediction" <-- by far the best one

sooooo...
back to the start and press play!
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 18:38

second listen through:

forget the "poppy/polished/mainstream" thing.

THIS may be the best ROCK-ALBUM of the year cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 21:07

Concur with the potential for album of the year... And it's been a REALLY good year too..
Loving the little bits of slide guitars and gospel singers dotted around in the various tracks <3
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 21:11

I'm overwhelmed. Speechless. And in tears.

This album is so good and in so many ways exactly what I needed today.

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 22:50

So do you have any favourite songs so far?

For me WCBK and Before are on top at the moment. But I've only listened to the album 4 times now....

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 23:04

Think I'm on my fith or sixth loop through... Hope no one else was planning in using the hotels wifi tonight ;p
Damascus, Same Disease and Benediction are probably my faves from the ones that hadn't already been put out there. I may have Damascus on loop tongi to sleep to later... Bloody love that track right now Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 23:12

From the newsletter (I felt we should keep this somewhere)

I am very humbled at the response to the first few songs that have trickled out. "Autism Vaccine Blues" went up on Esquire this past week and had an extremely positive response, and you've all hopefully heard "The Shine" and "We Could Be Kings" by now, so here is your chance to check out the other 9 songs you haven't heard yet.

I can't wait for you all to finally hear this record, I put myself through the ringer writing this one and feel good about the work I did. We put together one hell of a band to record the songs and did so at one of the greatest studios in the world, and the outcome is certainly greater than I could have imagined going into the process. It was a hard record to write, and comes from a lot of difficult times and realizations. But hopefully there are rays of hope and ultimately enough compelling about the record that you all get something timeless out of it. Or it just sounds good when you drive to the beach -- that's okay, too.

Either way, thank you for your support of it, and if you don't mind, tell a friend. The more the merrier. It comes out a week from today. You can buy it wherever pieces of vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams are sold.

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   01.10.13 23:44

I´m glad this album is not so over-produced and poppy as I was afraid of, since I first heard We Could Be Kings. Maybe a few songs are, but I don´t care because there is also a lot of pure gold on this record and live all songs will be great anyway!

My favourites so far:

Benediction!!!
Father´s Son
Damascus
Bricks

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   02.10.13 0:05

I just love it! Could not pick a favorite yet, since I've just had the chance to listen to it once during work today!
But I really do love the following line from Bricks:
"I build a brand new a new foundation from the bricks you threw my way."
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   02.10.13 5:41

Woah, this album sounds...BIG. Which while i love simple acoustic and punk and all that, I'm a sucker for albums that sound like they could blow the roof off an arena. And yet it still has those softer simpler songs, which is just doubly awesome! I don't have much to say about it yet but I like that it's definitely an album that asks you to dive in deep, and odds are you'll still be finding stuff on the 100th listen. I hope the stream stays up till the release! I need to learn the words for the show Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   02.10.13 8:49

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But I really do love the following line from Bricks:
"I build a brand new a new foundation from the bricks you threw my way."
Great line but I think the whole album is written so well and full of great lyrics which trigger so many different emotions....

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   02.10.13 18:52

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   02.10.13 19:34

That album stream got me really excited for the tour! I like the fact that it has one song for every mood! Been dancing to We Could be Kings all day! Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   02.10.13 19:50

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But I really do love the following line from Bricks:
"I build a brand new a new foundation from the bricks you threw my way."
Great line but I think the whole album is written so well and full of great lyrics which trigger so many different emotions....
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   04.10.13 15:54

After listening a few more times now "Before" and "Same Disease" are my new favourites for now. I love all the other songs as well. There is not one filler on the album. Amazing work by Mr. Hause!

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   04.10.13 17:40

I just got mine! Very Happy Yay for pre-ordering!
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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   04.10.13 18:47

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I just got mine! Very Happy Yay for pre-ordering!
How does it look?
Which bundle did you order?

Mine only got shipped 2 days ago. But if I'm very lucky it might be here by Tuesday Smile

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PostSubject: Re: New album Devour   05.10.13 8:00

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StitchesOnTheRadio wrote:
I just got mine! Very Happy Yay for pre-ordering!
How does it look?
Which bundle did you order?

Mine only got shipped 2 days ago. But if I'm very lucky it might be here by Tuesday Smile
Mine got shipped only the day before it arrived somehow. That's crazy fast but I won't question it! Maybe you'll get lucky too! It looks pretty awesome. The cream vinyl is way nicer than I expected. I got the bundle with the poster (of the album cover), the cream vinyl, a CD, and the grey shirt. I ordered a small for the shirt and it's a bit on the larger side, and seems like real cheap material but whatever. There was no download card, but I didn't really need it with the CD. Also the back cover is the same image that's used for the We Could Be Kings single cover.
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