Sunday, November 29, 2015

Song Of The Week: 11/29/15

Song: "Long Ride Home" (Patty Griffin cover)

Artist: Dave Hause

Album: "Unreleased"

Year: 2014

Place Of Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Years Active: 1996-present


"Long Ride Home" is a pretty straight forward song lyrically. It appears to be about losing your spouse after a very long marriage (40 years in the song). It's about reflecting on the life you both had together and regretting perhaps, some of the things you said in those years and wishing you were kinder to that person. It's about how the house you once shared together now feels empty, much like you do on the inside. It's a beautiful song about losing your life long love. "Long Ride Home" was originally written and performed by Maine folk singer/songwriter Patty Griffin and was released on her 2002 album "1000 Kisses". This version I chose was covered by Dave Hause and performed acoustically for Altar TV in 2014. It was never released on any of his albums.

DAVE HAUSE DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2011 - "Resolutions" (Paper + Plastick Records)
2013 - "Devour" (Rise Records)


Dave Hause first made his mark on the music scene back in the mid-90's. Hailing from Philly, his first musical endeavor was a hardcore/punk outfit called Step Ahead. His next project would be a band called The Curse, which he played guitar and shared vocals. Around the same time he was a part of The Curse, he joined the band Paint It Black as a guitarist and back up vocalist. In 2004, he would leave Paint It Black to focus on his new project The Loved Ones, for which he was the lead singer, guitarist and chief songwriter. In a 5 year span, The Loved Ones dropped 2 full length albums as well as 2 EP's. 2009 would see Hause begin his solo career. Hause's musical style reflected that of his contemporaries such as Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) and Tim Barry (Avail). He too would be part of Ragan's annual "Revival Tour", where punk rock frontmen performed stripped down versions of their other band's material as well as original solo material, sometimes collaborating on stage with each other during the shows. Hause released his first solo album in 2011, called "Resolutions", which features the title track "Resolutions" as well as the single "C'mon Kid". In 2013, he released his second album, "Devour". This album features the stand out track "We Could Be Kings". While Hause is currently more focused on his solo career at the moment, the door has not been closed on The Loved Ones as of yet. In fact, Hause has gotten back with The Loved Ones to perform at select shows. His last releases date back to 2013, as he has released several EP's and 7" singles to go along with his 2 full length album releases. The Loved Ones last release dates back to 2009. I expect to see new material from Hause sooner rather than later, whether that is solo stuff or a new release with The Loved Ones. Hause is a gifted songwriter and lyricist. With The Loved Ones, he brought an energetic form of melodic punk rock that was similar in vein to bands like The Bouncing Souls. His acoustic material was more melodic rock than punk, but still vital in both their lyrics and structure. Hause is right up there with the best of the best when it comes to punk rock frontmen who went the solo/acoustic route. He is not out of place at all with the likes of Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Brian Fallon, Dan Andriano, Joey Cape, Tony Sly or Laura Jane Grace. In my mind, Hause should be even more popular on regular rock radio than he is. Makes me wonder if people have any idea what good music is anymore!!


1. We Could Be Kings
2. Prague
3. Time Will Tell
4. C'mon Kid
5. The Great Depression
6. Resolutions
7. Autism Vaccine Blues
8. Same Disease
9. Ghost On The Boardwalk (Bouncing Souls cover)
10. Pray For Tucson

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