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PostSubject: First interview for Devour   21.08.13 10:18

Unfortunately only in German. But maybe someone can translate? I'm only at my mobile and would probably break my fingers typing all of that ;-)

http://m.noisey.vice.com/de/blog/dave-hause-wartet-auf-die-typisch-deutschen-fragen

Dave Hause aus Philadelphia startet gerade in Europa so richtig durch. Sein neues Album Devour erzählt uns seine persönlichen Querelen mit dem American Way of Life und dem Tod des American Dream. Der Arbeitersohn hat uns auf der Brick Lane in London erzählt, wieso er Tony Soprano eher für ein beschissenes männliches Vorbild hält, warum die deutsche Musikpresse immer mindestens eine seltsame typisch deutsche Frage bereithält und wie es ist, in Oklahoma beinahe zu verrecken.

Noisey: Dein neues Album Devour handelt davon, wie die amerikanische Art zu leben das Privatleben beeinflussen kann. Was genau meinst du damit?
Dave Hause: Amerika war zu Beginn eine wirklich großartige, fortschrittliche Idee, doch die Situation kannst du als recht bankrott bezeichnen. Nicht nur wirtschaftlich, sondern auch moralisch und ethisch. Das ist eine Schande. Mit dem Album wollte ich herausfinden, wie ich da reinpasse. Der erste Teil der Platte handelt deshalb davon, wo ich herkomme. Der Mittelteil erzählt, wie sich die amerikanische Lebensweise auf mein Leben als Erwachsener auswirkt und wirklich große Scheiße anrichten kann. Im letzten Part des Albums versuche ich dann, einen Mittelweg und Lichtblicke zu finden. Damit soll eine neue Art des American Dreams ausgedrückt werden, der auf Hoffnung und Kreativität aufbaut und es erlaubt, Mitmenschen würdevoll zu behandeln. Das Album ist insgesamt aber eher persönlich als eine große soziale Kritik.

Devour heißt auf deutsch verschlingen, fressen. Dein Album handelt davon, wie der endlose Hunger der Amerikaner das Privatleben beeinflusst.
Historisch betrachtet macht das Sinn. Amerikaner sind die Nachfahren von Europäern und Menschen aus anderen Nationen, die mutig genug waren, tausende von Kilometer zu reisen und wirklich ganz von Neuem anzufangen. Amerikaner haben diese Wanderlust und große Träume genetisch einfach in sich. Ich finde das toll, ich bin ja auch so. Wenn du kreativ bist, brauchst du genau diese Art von Ehrgeiz. Aber wenn du diesen Ehrgeiz nicht in privaten Situationen drosseln kannst, dann wirst du eine Menge zerstören. Mir ist das so ergangen. Klar sind mit diesem riesigen Appetit auch wirklich viele gute Sachen passiert. Wir sollten jedoch bemerken, dass es auch eine dunkle Seite gibt. In Amerika kann es dir leicht passieren, dass du an einem wirklich beschissenen Ort stirbst, wenn du alt bist und wenig Geld hast. Wir brauchen mehr soziale Absicherung. Die Ressourcen dafür hätten wir ja.

Was ist denn trotz aller Kritik immer noch großartig an den Staaten?
Amerika ist ein Land, das große technologische Fortschritte hervorbringt. Und denk alleine mal an Rock'n'Roll, Jazz und Blues. Diese Musik gäbe es ohne Amerika nicht. Leider ist die amerikanische Mainstream-Kultur gerade stark auf Celebrities fokussiert, das ist eine Wegwerf-Kultur. Wir brauchen mehr Balance. Amerika kann teilweise schon sehr beängstigend sein.

Du nennst Tony Soprano eine neue amerikanische Ikone. Allerdings im negativen Sinne.
Die Tatsache, dass dieser Typ wie ein Held betrachtet wird, sagt viel über unsere Gesellschaft aus. Tony Soprano hat nämlich genau jenen unstillbaren Appetit, von dem wir gesprochen haben. Er ist immer hungrig nach mehr, mehr, mehr. Mehr Frauen, mehr Essen, mehr Macht, mehr Drogen. Aber er ist dennoch ein neues männliches Vorbild. Er behandelt seine Familie schlecht, seine Kinder sind komplett abgefuckt. Er symbolisiert die dunkle Seite des Amerikanischen Traumes.

Der erste Song auf deinem Album heißt „Damascus“. Ist das politisch konnotiert?
Nein. Das ist eine Referenz zur Bibel. Apostel Paulus fielen auf seiner Reise nach Damaskus die Schuppen von den Augen und er hatte eine spirituelle Erfahrung und sah die Wahrheit. Ich wollte diese Metapher nehmen, um zu beschreiben, wie es ist, wenn du lange durch die Dunkelheit wanderst und irgendwann das Licht siehst. Er ist der Eröffnungssong, der dich zum Thema des Albums einlädt. Er führt dich auf den Weg.

Bist du religiös?
Ich bin so aufgewachsen, aber ich bin zum Teufel nicht religiös. Haha. Devour handelt auch von dieser Reise. Ein Song auf Devour heißt „Becoming Secular“, der beschreibt, wie es ist, wenn du rausfindest, dass vieles von dem, was sie mir erzählt und versprochen haben, als ich ein Kind war, nicht wahr ist.

Zum Beispiel?
Zum Beispiel, dass du in die Hölle kommst, wenn du stirbst und kein guter Christ warst. Das ist doch verrückt, sowas einem Kind zu erzählen. Es ist eine gute Art jemanden zu kontrollieren.

Wie war dein Elternhaus?
Arbeiterklasse. Mein Vater arbeitet seit 40 Jahren für ein Steinbruchunternehmen. Sie waren eine Zeit lang sehr religiös und haben meine Geschwister und mich auf eine protestantische Privatschule gesteckt. Das war zwar einerseits beschissen wegen der ganzen christlichen Schuld, die da auf dich geladen wird, andererseits aber war das sicherlich eine bessere Schule als die öffentliche in unserem Schulbezirk in Philadelphia. Die war richtig schlecht.

Wie wichtig war Musik in deinem Elternhaus?
Sehr wichtig. Alle wichtigen Songwriter wie Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen und die Rolling Stones haben sie sehr geschätzt. Meine Eltern haben mich eigentlich in all meinen musikalischen Bestrebungen unterstützt. Als ich älter wurde, wurden meine Eltern aber immer religiöser und haben sich davon abgewandt. Irgendwann hab ich zu meinem Vater gesagt, „Hey Dad, früher hast du The Who gehört und jetzt hörst du ernsthaft Amy Grant?!“ Damit hat er zum Glück wieder aufgehört. Meine Iron Maiden- Phase fanden sie allerdings eher weniger gut. Aerosmith fanden sie auch irgendwie creepy. Aber als ich anfing Nine Inch Nails zu hören, war der Spaß vorbei. Haha.

Ich schätze mal, dass du irgendwann recht viel Punk und Hardcore gehört hast.
Ja. Das war Ende der 90er. Bands wie Sick of it all, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits waren meine Favoriten. Das war aber irgendwie auch eine sehr seltsame Phase in meinem Leben. Du fängst an, Punk zu hören und angeblich bist du dann ja total vorurteilsfrei. Aber in Wahrheit habe ich alle meine anderen nicht-Punk und nicht-Hardcore-Platten weggeworfen und habe über drei Jahre nur noch Hardcore gehört. Den meisten meiner Freunden ging’s genauso. Ich habe nach dieser Zeit so viele Platten wieder neu kaufen müssen.

Wirst du dieses Jahr auf Tour gehen?
Im November bin ich ungefähr einen Monat lang in Europa unterwegs. Ich werde Shows in Deutschland, England, Belgien, Italien, Österreich und Holland spielen.

Die Deutschen lieben dich wahrscheinlich.
Ja, den Leuten gefällt wirklich, was ich mache. Aber die deutsche Presse ist total seltsam.

Wirklich? Wieso?
Du bekommst immer diese seltsamen deutschen Fragen gestellt. Gestern zum Beispiel hat mich ein deutscher Journalist gefragt: „Also wenn jetzt jemand sagen würde, dass du in deiner Musik nicht genügend Risiko eingehst, was würdest du dann antworten?“ Ich dachte mir „What the fuck?!“ und habe geantwortet: „Willst du damit sagen, dass das deine Meinung ist?“

Hahaha. Ich weiß nicht mal, was diese Frage bedeuten soll.
Ich auch nicht. Ich habe einfach gesagt, „dann hör halt was anderes.“ So eine seltsame typisch deutsche Frage.

Hab ich schon eine deutsche Frage gestellt?
Noch nicht! Ich warte auf eine.

Vielleicht ist das eine: Was würdest du sagen, wenn irgendjemand behaupten würde, du seist der nächste Bruce Springsteen?
Das ist keine deutsche Frage ... Ich glaube, der Titel ist aber schon vergeben. Ich bin ein großer Fan von Bruce Springsteen. Er ist wirklich ein gutes Beispiel dafür, wie du mit Würde in diesem Business altern kannst. Klar ich will mein eigenes Ding durchziehen, aber wenn jemand Ähnlichkeiten zwischen Bruce und mir sieht, würde ich mich sehr geehrt fühlen.

Wie sind denn deutsche Fans drauf?
Insgesamt sind sie super und sehr treu. Aber es gibt immer den einen deutschen Fan. The German Fan, der Zeug raushaut wie „Yes, Sir, I quite liked your show, but it was shit compared to last time. It was a Scheiß.“ Oder „ You know, this new record, it was OK, but the last one was better.“ Und ich denke mir einfach nur „What the Fuck?! Habe ich dich gefragt?“ Es gibt immer diesen einen weirden deutschen Fan. Ihr Deutschen seid einfach brutal ehrlich. Du kannst jeden im Musikbusiness fragen. Alle reden über den German Fan.

Hahaha. Gut zu wissen. Was ist dir denn sonst noch so Kaputtes auf Tour passiert?
Ein paar Mal bin ich fast gestorben. Zum Beispiel, als ich mit meiner alten Band The Loved Ones zusammen mit Against Me! auf Tour war. Wir haben eine Show in Oklahoma gespielt, was definitiv ein Ort ist, an den du nie gehen solltest, wenn du es vermeiden kannst. In der Nähe des Clubs, in dem wir spielten, gab es nichts zu essen. Also machten wir uns auf Skateboards und Fahrrad auf den Weg, um im nächsten Kaff etwas zu essen zu finden. Wir skateten den Highway entlang. Aus purem Zufall drehe ich mich um und bemerke wie ein Auto auf uns zurast. Ich brülle „Watch out!“ und alle springen von ihren Skateboards. Das Auto ist einfach über das Skateboard unseres Bassisten gefahren. Er wäre gestorben, wenn er nicht gesprungen wäre. Das Auto ist aber einfach weitergefahren. Das war so irre. Der Fahrer war wahrscheinlich komplett dicht. Tourneen sind generell ein perfekter Magnet für krasse Geschichten. Ich habe Glück, dass mir noch nichts passiert ist. Vor allem, wenn du das Staubecken an Schnaps bedenkst, das wir in uns reingekippt haben über die Jahre.

Perfektes Ende für ein Interview.
Und keine German questions.

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   21.08.13 23:35

I love that interview!!
Great questions, and even better answers Wink
If no one will be able / have the time, I can start next week...I won't have the time this week...

But it's definitely worth the translation "work" Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   22.08.13 0:45

I would love to read the original interview. Not the German translation and a translation back to English...

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   22.08.13 19:17

These Melodies wrote:
I love that interview!!
Great questions, and even better answers Wink
If no one will be able / have the time, I can start next week...I won't have the time this week...

But it's definitely worth the translation "work" Smile
I'm working  on a translation right now...but I'm not sure if it'll be finished today.
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   23.08.13 0:38

alwaysbeblue wrote:
These Melodies wrote:
I love that interview!!
Great questions, and even better answers Wink
If no one will be able / have the time, I can start next week...I won't have the time this week...

But it's definitely worth the translation "work" Smile
I'm working  on a translation right now...but I'm not sure if it'll be finished today.
ok just let me know if you need any further help...during the next week that is Wink

and @ Susan I would too love to read the "original" interview! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   23.08.13 17:29

Ok, everybody. I tried to translate the whole interview. It was incredibly difficult though, because the interview tends to take place on a very philosophical level sometimes. I couldn't translate the entire interview word by word. But I tried to stick to the content as far as possible Wink. I'm not sure whether everything makes sense. Just ask me, if there's anything you don't get.

Dave Hause - Waiting for the German questions.

Dave Hause from Philadelphia rapidly succeeds in Europe right now. His new album Devour tells us about his personal disputes concerning the American Way of Life and the death of the American Dream.On the Brick Lane in London Dave Hause, son of a working class family, told us why he considers Tony Soprano as a creepy ideal and why the German musicpress always holds weird typical German questions in readiness. Furthermore he explains the way it feels to be almost dying in Oklahoma.

Noisey: Your new album Devour deals with the matter in how far the American Way of Life can even influence your personal life.? To be precise: How exactly do you mean that?
Dave Hause: In the beginning America felt like a great progressive idea, but nowadays you can regard the situation as some kind of smashup. Not just economically, but also morally.That's a shame. In Devour I tried to figure out how I fit in this entire construct. Therefore the first part of the album deals with the question where I really come from. In the middle I tell you how the American Way of Life impacts on my private life, and can consequently cause real big damages.Finally, in the last part I try to find a middle course and some bright spots. By means of that I'm trying to express some new kind of American Dream, which is based on hope, creativity and dignified contact. If you regard the entire album it's rather something personal than social critics.

Noisey: According to the album title the new album is about the endless avarice in American's private lifes too?
Dave Hause:Regarding the historical background that makes sense. Americans are the descendants of Europeans and other people, who were brave enough to travel thousands of kilometers to restart completely. Americans have this kind of wanderlust and these dreams in their genes. I think that's amazing,  I'm like that too. When you are creative, you really need this ambition. But if you can't stop the ambition in private situations, you'll destroy a lot. That's what happened to me. Sure, there have been many good things that caused by that (appetite) too. ..We should mention that there's a dark side as well. In America it can easily happen that you die at a really shitty place, when you are old and have less money. We need more covering, we'd even have the ressources for that.

Noisey: Besides all the critics, what's great about America?
Dave Hause: America is a country, which publishes many technical advancements...And if you think about RockNRoll, Jazz and Blues. These kinds of music wouldn't exist without America. Unfornately the American mainstream-culture is extremely focused on celebrities these days, that's a disposable culture. We need more balance, America can be frightening sometimes.

Noisey: You call Tony Soprano a new American icon..but in a negative way.
Dave Hause: The fact that this guy is seen as a hero, tells you a lot about our society. Tony Soprano has this insatiable appetite, which we talked about. He's always trying to get more. More women, more food, more power, more drugs. But still, he is a new male ideal. He's treating his family in a bad way, his kids are completely fucked up. He symbolizes the dark side of the American Dream.

Noisey: The first song on your album is called Damascus. Is that connoted politically?
Dave Hause: No. That's a reference to the bible. On his journey Paul the apostle discovered a spiritual experience – scales fell from his eyes and he recognized the truth. I wanted to use this metaphor to describe how it is when you're wandering through the darkness for a longer time, and you suddenly see a light. It is the opener of the album, which invites you to its topic. It leads you to the way.

Noisey: Are you religious?
Dave Hause: I grew up with it, but dash it...I'm not religious. Haha. Devour deals with this journey too. One song of the album is called Becoming Secular and it describes the way it feels to find out that most of what they told (and promised) you is untrue.
Noisey: For example?
Dave Hause: For example that you'll end in hell when you die, and you have not been a pious christ. That's really weird to tell a kid something like that. It's a good way to control somebody though..

Noisey: What was your parental house like?
Dave Hause: Working class. My dad works in for a stone pit-company since 40 years. My parents were very religious for some time. That's why they let my sister and me go to a protestantic private school. On the one side that was creepy because of all the Christian guilt you have to carry, but on the other side it was way better than going the public school in Philadelphia, which is really bad.

Noisey: Which role did music play in your parental house?
Dave Hause: It was very important. All the important songwrites, such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones were prized highly. My parents supported me concerning all my musical attempts. When I got older they got more and more religious and abandoned these musicians. At some point I told my father: "Hey Dad, in earlier times you listened to The Who and now you prefer Amy Grant...seriously?" Luckily he stopped doing that. They did not appreciate my Iron Maiden-phase though. They thought Aerosmith was rather creepy too. But when I started listening Nine Inch Nails it was not that funny anymore. Haha.

Noisey: I guess you listened to much Punk and Hardcore music at some point?
Dave Hause: Yes, that was in the end of the 90s. Bands like Sick of it all, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits were my favorite ones. Somehow that was a strange part in my life. You start listening to Punk, and supposedly you're a completely unbiased person. But in reality I threw all my other Non-Punk/Hardcore records away, and only listened to Hardcore for three years. Most of my friends did the same thing. After that phase had to buy a lot of records once again.

Noisey: Will you go on tour this year?
Dave Hause: In November I'm on tour in Europe for about a month. I'll play shows in Germany, England, Belgium, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands.

Noisey: Probably the Germans love you.
Dave Hause: Yeah, the people adore what I do. But the German press is completely weird.

Noisey: Seriously, why?
Dave Hause: They always ask you these weird German questions. Yesterday some German journalist asked me: "If somebody would say, you're not running enough risk in your music, what would you answer?" All I thought was: "What the fuck?, and just said: Do you want to tell me that this is your opinion?"

Noisey: Haha. I don't even know what is meant with that question.
Dave Hause: Me too. I just said:" Listen to sth. different then." Such a weird typical German question.

Noisey: Did I already ask you some German question?
Dave Hause: No, I'm waiting on one.

Noisey: Possibly that's one.What would you say if somebody would claim that you're the next Bruce Springsteen?
Dave Hause: That's not a German question. But I think this title is already taken. I'm a big fan of Bruce Springsteen. He is a good example how you can grow old in this usiness business with dignity. Of course I'm trying to do my own thing, but when somebody recognizes similarities between Bruce and me, I'd feel honoured.

Noisey: But how are German fans then?
Dave Hause: Overall they are super and loyally. But there's always one German fan, who tells you stuff like: „Yes, Sir, I quite liked your show, but it was shit compared to last time. It was a Scheiß.“  or „ You know, this new record, it was OK, but the last one was better.“ And I just think: „What the Fuck?! Did I ask you?“ There's always this one weird German fan. You Germans are just brutally honest. You could ask everyone in the music business. Everyone's talking about the German fan.

Noisey: Haha, good to know. What else, which is carzy, happened on tour?
Dave Hause: I almost died a few times. For example, when I toured with my old band The Loved Ones and Against Me!..We played a show in Oklahoma, which is definitely some place, where you shouldn't go, if you can avoid it. Next to the club we played there was nothing to eat. That's why we went along with skateboards and bikes, to eat something in the next village. We were skating along the highway when I incidentially tourned around. I just noticed that there was a car dashing in our direction. I screamed: „Watch out!“ and everyone was jumping from their skateboards. The car just drove across our bassist's skateboard. He'd have died, if he didn't jump aside. But the car just drove on. Probbably the driver was completely drunk. Touring is generally something for crazy stories. Luckily nothing really bad happened to me. Especially if you consider the amount of booze, that we drank in all the years.

Noisey: Perfect ending for an interview.
Dave Hause: And no German questions.


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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   25.08.13 6:30

Thank you so much for the translation! That seems like a really good interview. I'm even more excited about Devour now. I love what he said about Tony Soprano being an American icon. It's so true and it's a big problem.

"Unfornately the American mainstream-culture is extremely focused on celebrities these days, that's a disposable culture. We need more balance, America can be frightening sometimes."

This is also very true. That's one of the reasons artists like Dave or Gaslight or Frank Turner have a lot more trouble gaining a large following in the US compared to Europe. We don't pay much attention to anyone not "famous". It doesn't matter if you're famous FOR anything though.
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   25.08.13 9:29

Thank you so much for taking the time to translate this very long interview! Good job! cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   25.08.13 12:15

Thanks for the translation!
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   25.08.13 16:55

Let me apologize for all the grammatical mistakes that I put in the translation because of the pressure of time I actually have. Smile I corrected what I found, hope you still understood everything though...
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   26.08.13 8:48

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Let me apologize for all the grammatical mistakes that I put in the translation because of the pressure of time I actually have. Smile I corrected what I found, hope you still understood everything though...
Don't worry, nothing was too difficult to figure out Smile you did an excellent job!

It's too bad an English translation isn't provided with these interviews. I say that, not because I think English speaking people are more entitled than others, but just because, unless Dave is fluent in German, he must've answered all those questions in English, so his answers would have already had to have been translated from English to German. So why not provide both versions? I'd say the same if he were a Spanish artist in France or whatever, it just makes sense to provide the original answers in the original language as well.
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PostSubject: Press articles (general)   11.09.13 14:53

We already have some topics for a few press reports here. I thought it makes sense and would be more clearly arranged to run just one topic for all the small stories, interviews or whatever you find in all kinds of media. You can share the scan or the link here.

I was in Hannover yesterday for a Frank Turner show and took the opportunity to catch a copy of the Hannover city magazin "Schädelspalter". There´s a nice interview with Dave in it for all the german speaking users here:


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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   11.09.13 20:06

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   12.09.13 12:47

Danke Smile

Interesting read.

PS Still hoping for someone to scan the Kerrang article ...

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   12.09.13 20:42

Found the Kerrang article on tumblr, thanks to heckyeahxtramile! http://heckyeahxtramile.tumblr.com/page/5


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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   12.09.13 22:49

Thank you for those links!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   13.09.13 3:37

I wish I could remember more of my high school german! Thanks for the articles Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   03.10.13 14:30

Interview with the Aquarian weekly, where Dave was on the cover as well!



http://www.theaquarian.com/2013/10/02/interview-with-dave-hause-a-chance-to-be-king/

Interview with Dave Hause: A Chance To Be King
—by Maria Mar, October 2, 2013


Back in July, I made the trip to NYC to see a favorite group of mine, The Gaslight Anthem, for a showcase sponsored by Red Bull Sound Select at Irving Plaza. There are specific times in life where I’m glad I’m an early bird, and this show was one of them. An artist from Philadelphia by the name of Dave Hause was an opener, and I immediately made myself familiar with him. Upon given the opportunity to interview Hause, I jumped all over the opportunity. We recently took the time to chat about his blossoming solo career, touring with national acts, a new record, and so much more. Check it out below:

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Dave. I first saw you back in July at Irving Plaza with The Gaslight Anthem, and the show was killer!

Oh, awesome! Glad to hear you caught that show. It was fun, and thanks for having me.

You have found your own as a solo artist, and I couldn’t be happier to see all of the success you’re having. Have you experienced that moment yet where you are like, “Wow, this is actually really working out really well for me?”

(Laughs) Well, yes and no. I believe that whenever you set a goal and somewhat reach it, you really have to take note of it, because you want to exceed it. After doing something you love for a long time, you can tend to get too comfortable if you don’t continually set goals—goals that are more ambitious. Honestly, you have to be humble and appreciate what you get and what you get. But, yes, this is such an exciting time for me. However, I still have many things to achieve.

I saw you just shot a video for “We Could Be Kings” at Asbury Lanes, which is awesome! What’s the concept of the video? Can you tell us or do we have to wait?

Well, I can tell you a little bit! It’s essentially a performance-based video. The director and I wanted a vibe that the performance would be intertwined with the story line, for we wanted to address what the song is really about.

Basically, I meet up with a friend who is going through a tough time, and I guess we can all assume that this is whom the song is about, the song we connect over. There were a lot of personal friends and family at the shoot; it was really cool.

You made a shout-out for some people to come down to be extras! I missed the boat by about five minutes!

Ha, it’s all good! We didn’t want too many people there, for it wasn’t a show, you know? But it turned out fantastic; cannot wait for everyone to see it.

So I guess it’s safe to say that your song “Meet Me At The Lanes” is, in fact, about the Asbury Lanes?

Absolutely! That’s totally the reference point. You know, people from all over can meet up there, an ode to home.

You recently announced a headlining tour with some U.S. dates, and then you will be going to Europe for a while. It seems to me like you are always touring, which is great for the fans. Do you have any rituals that you do to maintain some sort of normalcy on the road?

You know, really, normalcy has become touring for me. It’s almost becoming increasingly strange to be in one place for me. Since basically 2000, I have been on tour. Not every minute, but on and off. I’ve learned you cannot party too much, or too little. You have to exercise and keep in touch with people that ground you. You have to go see things and do things in the cities you are in. My friend always says, “Always do the thing.” Basically, that means when you’re in a town that is known for something—a specific place, or food, or drinking—do that thing. Those are many of the perks of a traveling musician; just don’t trap yourself in the bubble of the tour.

I’ve actually heard Brian Fallon say that before as well, which is too funny. You guys are definitely friends! Now, you’ve toured with so many talented acts, including Social Distortion, Gaslight, The Bouncing Souls and more. Are there any groups or artists in particular that you would love to hit the road with?

Oh yeah, of course—there are tons. However, now it’s starting to be a scenario where now I am starting to bring people out and thinking about which I want to bring on the road. Right now I am more focused on my solo tour and making it the best that it can be for the fans. But of course, there are always bands like Pearl Jam, The National and Frightened Rabbit.

Speaking of Frightened Rabbit, I heard Scott Hutchison, the group’s singer/guitarist, made an appearance on your new record.

Yes, he did! Very excited about it! Scott was playing down the street from me at the time. He came in and sang; it was done in like a half hour. He is awesome and so is that band.

Your new record, Devour, will be out Oct. 8. Doing anything special for the release?

Yes, absolutely. We sold out two Philly shows, day of release, and I am going to be hitting some record stores, meeting some fans, doing a lot of press. Then I’ll do some stuff on the West Coast, then head on out to Europe. It’s all so exciting for me.

Well, now maybe you can say, “This is my moment where I found out this is really working out well for me.”

Ha-ha, yes, touché, you’re right.

Is it harder writing solo since you don’t have as many people to bounce ideas off of, or do you prefer it?

That’s a good question. I think both. It’s easier to put forth the musical idea. I mean, I basically say these are my ideas, and people are a little less likely to put you in a box. I mean, both recordings are done with full bands; it’s just more specific the way I would like it to sound. I enjoy both. I can just really focus in on perfecting my sound now.

When I left Irving Plaza, I left with the feeling of needing more, wanting to learn about you and your craft. What sort of feeling do you hope your fans feel upon leaving your performances?

I think that feeling that you just said. If you get an opportunity to play to an audience where you want to make an impression, you don’t want to make it just about you; you want to almost put your buddies in the hot seat. My friends have been so supportive taking me on tour. They see something there and have been nice enough to let me showcase what I have to say. I mean, they know I’m committed. I am a fan of music, it’s important of me to try to make an impact. I have 45 to 50 minutes to do that. My feeling is, don’t waste it.

Now you seem very active on social media and whatnot. What is the best outlet for your fans to stay in contact with you?

Davehause.com. You can get to any of the other specifics from there. All of the releases are there, the lyrics are there, and the links to all of the socials.

Thank you so much for your time, Dave. I cannot wait to hear the new album and see you on the road again soon.

Thanks, Maria! Looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

Dave Hause will be performing at Philly’s First Unitarian Side Chapel on Oct. 8, Vintage Vinyl Oct. 9, and Main Street Music Oct. 12. His new album, Devour, is available Oct. 8 on iTunes. For more information, visit davehause.com.

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   05.10.13 16:26


A Brief History of Dave Hause (On Record):

http://thekey.xpn.org/2013/10/04/cmon-kid-a-brief-history-of-dave-hause-on-record/

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   08.10.13 16:32


Here´s an interview in german AND english:

http://www.stageload.org/interviews/interview-mit-dave-hause#

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   15.10.13 11:46

http://m.exclaim.ca/Interviews/WebExclusive/dave_hause-lonely_loved_one/Page/1

Singer-songwriter Dave Hause is known well in punk rock circles as the hyped-up, super-posi sparkplug from Philly that plays hard and sings harder. His most noteworthy band, the Loved Ones, released a couple of stellar melodic punk albums before fading away before the 2010 release of Hause's first solo album, Resolutions. Now back with a second solo album, Devour, which features songs that were meant to be on the third Loved Ones full-length, Hause used the new album as way to battle through a tough time in his life. This is still the same Hause who routinely stole the show during Chuck Ragan's Revival Tour with his amazing showmanship and looking-on-the-bright-side energy, but the new album also shows that Hause is just like the rest of us: vulnerable, conflicted and, ultimately, coming out the other end of personal turmoil as a better person. Exclaim! recently chatted with Hause about the past two years of his life, how he got through it, the record he made as a result, and if urban legends really are true.

This new album sounds a lot more pensive, maybe even more mellow, than Resolutions?
I don't know if it's mellow, but it's definitely darker and more melancholy. But pensive is definitely a good word for it. It was coming out of a lot more dark stuff than Resolutions was and coming to grips with that mid-'30s adult crash and figuring out how you got here, and where you even are, and where you're trying to go. So that's the framework of the record. It came from that darker place and it's about the journey to figure it out and get out of there.

Well, it all works out, because some of us are older than you and still enjoying life, so…
I'm enjoying it too, man. It's actually kind of ironic because I'm stoked and living in a new place and I'm really excited about the record, so I'm really upbeat. It will be interesting to revisit this stuff for the next year-and-a-half on tour, so I'm glad I have both records to pull from because I rode my way out of that dark place.

I'd imagine that being on tour a lot, and out with the Revival Tour guys, and always around friends, is a way to keep yourself optimistic about the future?
I had some really great touring opportunities after Resolutions with a lot of friends of mine, and then a lot of new friends were pretty excited about that record and the songs on it, so one thing kind of led to another and I got really, really busy and it gave me a new chapter in life. The band was a little stalled out and a little burned out when I wrote Resolutions, so I just figured I would go out on tour and see what happened. It ended up being two years of my life and it rejuvenated my career in music. And Devour, the new record, is essentially what the third Loved Ones record was going to be. I just took the songs for myself and fully fleshed them out and went forward.

You mentioned you were struggling and going through a dark time. What was happening in your life at the time, without being too personal? Was it partially the band stuff?
Yeah, there was the band, there was a major relationship that was ending, you know, I was married, so there was this intense realization that most of my friends and my family, as much as I love them, that I had chosen a different path than them: the path of the musician, and the traveler, and all of that kind of jazz. The older you get, the more lonely you get, you know? A lot of your friends decide that they're going to stay home, and have kids, and work on their careers to keep them at home, so there was a lot of that going on. I also had a contracting business that got swallowed up in the economic crash. So there were three really major facets of my life that I still respect and love and have contact with… I still keep in touch with all of those people, and thankfully a lot of chips fell in a really positive and friendly way. But it was a really painful couple of years.

Well, I think it's great when people can find a balance.
That's the name of the game. The older you get, if you're trying to be a creative person or if you're life is related to the arts in any way, it's about steering that balance. You can't go too far in one direction without really wrecking another facet of your life, so I feel like I'm finding that balance by simplifying my life and being a solo performer and guy who doesn't really rely on a band. I can bring a band on the road if I want, but I don't really have to have that weight on my shoulders anymore.


So what would happen if you were writing your songs in some cottage in the country, and with a family all of the time, and you were never able to experience the kind of things that you do? How different would your music be?
It would be really different. I write a lot about myself and what has gone on in my life and I try to pull in other people in a way that they can relate to it, and I try to be honest that way. But now that the record has been recorded for six months I've been thinking about the next record already and how to approach that, and I think it's going to be a little bit different. I'm going to write more upbeat and outside of my own experience and see how that goes. Who knows, it might end up being an exercise in creative writing and not end up being on the next record, but for me it's important over time to grow as a writer. I'm looking at the long haul. I'm looking at doing this into my older age and I want to be committed to trying new things and having different types of writing come out.

You often have a lot of friends on your records helping you out. Did you have a lot of them on this one as well?
Well, yes and no. Some of them were friends and some of them were new additions that became friends through working on the record. A friend of mine, Mitchell Townsend, hooked me up with a group of people that made the record. He co-produced it with the engineer, Andrew Alekel, who's an amazing engineer that's worked on tons of giant records but never produced anything of acclaim on his own. So I kind of left it to them to put the musicians together. I knew Dave Hildago, who plays drums in Social Distortion, he's absolutely, hands-down the best drummer I've ever played with, he's unbelievable. His dad formed Los Lobos, so he comes from this intensely musical family. So we had this incredible bedrock for the rhythm. I didn't know Bob Thomson, he'd played in Big Drill Car and Matt Costa's band, so I knew he was obviously great, and Mitch had vouched for him. And then Mitch played guitar, and he's an incredible guitar player. So that was the basis of the band and then Mitch brought in the Watson Twins to sing and I'd been a fan, but didn't know them personally, which was really terrific to have them on board, because their work was incredible.

Everyone brought an enormous amount to the table, but the real secret ingredient, band-wise, was My Morning Jacket's keyboard player, Bo Koster, was a friend of Mitchell's as well, and he was someone I wanted to play on the record before even knowing that Mitch knew him. I'd just been such a huge fan of that band and his contribution to that band; I think he's their secret weapon as well. So Mitch says, "Oh, I know Bo… he'd probably do it, for nothing." So in came Bo and he couldn't have been more down to earth and excited about the songs, just really creative and his energy just added so much to the finishing touches. He was like the icing on the cake guy. And then some guest vocalists came in as well.

How important was it to have those people on board? Have you thought about doing an album just by yourself, or is having other people around essential to how you write your songs?
It wasn't essential to how I wrote at all. I was finished writing when we walked in the door of the studio. But it was critical to the way we structured that record, the recording of it. I view songwriting as one thing, recording as a totally different art, and then playing shows as a totally different thing. And you need different skills sets and different approaches to do each thing. So, for me, to really give over a lot of the control of the recording and the playing on the record was great, because I think we got a sum that was greater than its parts. I mean, those songs will translate directly with one instrument and a vocal, and I made sure I did good work in the writing — it was like bloodletting, writing this record. But to really get them to shine beyond just demo versions, everyone's added contributions made it something incredible that I couldn't have done on my own.

We've heard a lot of great stories about your live show, and I've witnessed it myself where you like to single out problematic people in the crowd and make sure everyone's having a good time. When I saw you in Vancouver you tricked a really drunk couple who were distracting the crowd into running up to the bar to buy you "birthday shots" so you could get rid of them for a few minutes. How did you get to the point where you seem so patient and you have a really fun way of dealing with bad apples in the crowd?
Well, a lot of it has to do with being around for a while. And I used to work for bands as a roadie, so I've seen some incredible frontmen handle situations in great ways, and then in not-so-great ways. And after doing it myself for a while you develop a rhythm for the show, you're able to pick up on what the audience is doing and what's working and what's not. It's a really specific skill set, but anyone can develop it if you do it long enough. There's a natural aptitude for performance. But a lot of it is just work, you know? You work at it and you figure it out. I've blown it before, I've said the wrong thing to the crowd and I've handled things the wrong way, and I've come off as a dick. You take those experiences, as harrowing as they may be [laughs], you apply them and figure out what works better. If you protect the vibe that everyone is just there to have fun, and if you're bold with those people who are fucking that up, and you also facilitate everyone having a great night together, that's the point of live music. That's the thing that you can't download for free.

That might be the whole message of the Revival Tour, too — sharing that experience together.
Yeah, I think so. [Tour founder and Hot Water Music member] Chuck [Ragan] has cultivated something really cool and I've glad to have been a part of it. It certainly launched my solo career, especially in Europe, and it's helped given me a home and a framework to work within. Let's face it: I'm not an acoustic musician at heart. I don't know much about fiddles and bluegrass and all of that kind of stuff, it's not my forte, but I do love songs and the tradition that runs through all of these genres, and punk is pretty much the same. So I just approached it as being in awe of the people I was there with, and they seemed to be the same with me, and I said, "Let's fucking do this!" The Revival Tour has been a great thing to be a part of it and it's a place I hope to always call home.

The other story we have to ask you about might be a bit of an urban legend. It involves you getting mugged in a hotel elevator and Chuck rescuing you.
No, let's clear that up! [laughs] I wrote a long blog about it, I don't know what happened to my blog, but I just wrote it up one day and it ended up catching fire because it is a pretty funny story. Chuck didn't save me! I had already basically dealt with the situation that had escalated to the point where…

Okay, let's back up, I'm at the North By Northeast music conference in Toronto playing a showcase for the Revival Tour, and it was the last day of the tour and Chuck was headed somewhere and I was headed back to Philly and we were sharing a hotel room. He'd already gone up to the room hours before, I was still out partying and had all of my stuff with me and walked into the hotel. This guy decided to try and befriend me at first, and I politely told him, "Hey, I'm going up to bed." He didn't like that, so he decided to follow me up in the next elevator, and by that time I was at our hotel room door, and here the guy comes charging out of the elevator towards me. I definitely said to him, "Hey, listen, you're going to make a big mistake and I guarantee you this is not going to end well," and I was banging on the door because my key didn't work.

His quote was, "Hey, this isn't Philadelphia, man. This is Canada," which is when I knew I wasn't going to part with any of my items. I said, "You have no idea what you're talking about. We have more murder and crime in a week than all of Canada does in a year," and that's certainly not a badge of honour, it's just a fact, and I added, "You're going to get hurt." So, he proceeded to attempt to rob me and by the time Chuck finally came out of the room, I had the guy by the throat, and the guy had me by the arm, and we were sort of wrestling back and forth. And Chuck came out in a towel. I was just trying to do the crazy dude thing, and I even told the guy at one point before Chuck came out, "You're going to get fucked like you were in jail, so get back in that elevator."

So now this guy is being held by the throat by the guy he was trying to rob and a guy in a towel bursts out of the door, who looks like Chuck does, and Chuck says, "What in god's name is going on out here?" and the guy kind of realizes he was outmatched, backed away, and I pushed him away and told Chuck, "This guy is trying to fucking rob me!" and the guy at that point is scattering and Chuck yells, "Let's get him!" So I slowed Chuck down, we got all of my stuff into the room, and that was the end of it. So, yeah, Chuck sort of did the final scaring off of the guy.

You know, that's not too far off from the story. I've heard this probably a half-dozen times and never from the source, so it's pretty close. You know that game where you go around the circle and by the time what you said gets back to you it's some crazy version of what you originally said? Well, no, that's pretty close to the story…
It is pretty close, but the prevailing byline is always "Chuck Ragan saved Dave Hause from a mugger."

Saved your life even!
Well… I can take care of my own.

But it was a team effort?
Yeah, it was a team effort [laughs] and the guy certainly left more shaken than either Chuck or I did.

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   15.10.13 21:37

a short interview (in german) at gaesteliste.de

http://www.gaesteliste.de/zehnpluszehn/show.html?id=99006298&_nr=177

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   21.10.13 16:16


Interview with Dave at RAWK.ch (in german)

http://www.rawk.ch/index.php?section=news&cmd=details&newsid=609

He said that this upcoming tour will be solo, but he hopes to come back with a band in the festival season.

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   09.12.13 21:14

Interview at Lieblingstape.de (english): http://lieblingstape.de/2013/12/09/dave-hause-interview/

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PostSubject: Re: Press articles (general)   10.12.13 7:33

How on earth, do you stage dive on a bus? I assume they just hit the floor. That would explain the feeling like you've been hit by a truck. Razz
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