Dave Hause, for folks who didn’t arrive in Ninebullet country on the punk rock train, fronts Philly based pop-punk band The Loved Ones. (Full disclosure: I have listened to and enjoyed The Loved Ones). We’ve all watched the singers from “punk” bands strike out on their own over the last few years, spurred on by each other’s success, free liquor, fan support and, of course, age. Some release albums that sound a lot like their punk band, just stripped down to an acoustic (e.g. Tom Gabel), while others change their sound entirely (e.g. City and Colour).
Hause’s debut Resolutions is somewhere in the middle, perhaps a bit closer to the former category. His voice and delivery are immediately recognizable, and the basic songwriting and lyrical style for this album are very reminiscent of The Loved Ones. You can take the dude out of the punk band , but you can’t take the punk band out of the dude, right?
However, this is certainly not an acoustic Loved Ones album. ThE album’s a bit more open and slower than The Loved Ones, and even the simplest songs never rely on Hause and his guitar alone. Each song is arranged for a full band, with varied instrumentation across the “Americana” spectrum. “Melanin” could be a re-worked Loved Ones songs, with a pretty straight ahead rock vibe, while “Prague” is driven by a totally unexpected (but effective) mandolin backbeat. Another sing-along anthem, “C’mon Kid,” opens with some big organ chords, and settles into some Springsteen-esque piano. While the title track, a hopeful New Year’s rebirth number, is the kind of two-step barn-burner we have come to expect from a punker going twang. All told, Resolutions offers something for everyone and it’s is a great way to watch Hause explore songwriting beyond the punk framework.
After a US tour with Frank Turner this spring, Hause will be in good company with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), and Dan Adriano (Alkaline Trio) for a stint on the U.K. incarnation of The Revival Tour. This could be his year for sure…