Darren: Alright, Iím here with Dave Hause (as in pause) of The Loved Ones. Howís the tour going so far?
Dave: Tourís been great. Weíre having a lot of fun and itís great being back on the road playing shows for people who are excited about music.
Excellent. Now, tomorrow night youíre playing a free solo acoustic show with Billy The Kid, correct?
Howís your solo album coming along?
Itís about half done. As soon as this tour is over Iím going to settle in and go to Asbury Park to finish off the vocals. Thereís some piano stuff that needs to get finished that my sisterís going to play. A little bit more guitar work that Chris here is going to do.
(Dave gestures to bassist Chris Gonzalez)
Thereís a little bit left. Not too much, and then weíll mix it. I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving and then Iíll have to start to figure out what to do with it! (laughs)
Are you going to put that out under your name or do you have a different name for the act?
No, itís just my name.
Are you concerned that people are going to confuse you with Dave House from The Steal, who also puts out solo albums?
Iím not that concerned about it. I mean...
Itís just an Ďoí and an ĎaíÖ
Yeah, but, most people who are aware of what Iím doing musically can read. (laughs) I think they can figure it out. He actually contacted me when I put up my MySpace page and asked if I wanted to do a split 7 inch. So we might do that in an effort to deal with the elephant in the room. Iím not sure if itís going to happen. Weíll see.
Perfect. How about The Loved Ones? Have you been writing material for the new Loved Ones album?
Yeah. Iíd say weíre about a third into writing the new album. Weíre not putting a time table on it Ė I wanted to get this record done of mine, so that pushed back The Loved Ones record. Chris also has a record of songs, and heís going to record that once Iím done my record. So I think that weíll be recording The Loved Ones in the spring, maybe? At this point, I think the songs we have are really good, like, the strongest stuff weíve done. I know thatís a common thing for an artist to say because theyíre excited about what they have coming up. Itís sort of a meld of the first two records. Everyoneís been really excited about the songs. In the band, I mean. We havenít been playing them live, or for anyone else. Weíre going to come out of the gate with a full album, no-holds barred, and tour the world again. Until then, weíve got other projects keeping us busy.
Excellent. Now, I heard about a third project with you and members of The Bouncing Souls and The Hold Steady. Is that still on the plate, or on the back burner for now?
I donít know. Itís a cool idea, and we got together and wrote some songs, and it was fun. But realistically speaking, the three different bands that weíre all in are extremely busy Ė not to mention that Tad from the Hold Steady does photography for Rolling Stone now. We could probably all write a record via email, back and forth at some point, but I have no idea. Weíll get to it at some point, maybe.
A couple of Philly questions for you. Number one: what are you more concerned about: Ray Emeryís goaltending or Daniel Briereís groin?
Or do you not follow hockey?
I havenít followed hockey for a long time. I followed it as a kid. I was into sports pretty heavily in middle school and sort of fell out of it. I pay attention to whatís going on with the Eagles because, you know, football is such a big deal for everyone in the states, and specifically on the east coast. And I definitely have gotten back into baseball in the last couple of years with the Phillies winning the World Series. Prior to that, I had decided to start watching more baseball. But hockey I havenít paid a whole lot of attention to because itís pretty hard to keep up with in the States, due to the fact that itís not really on TV anymore. Itís kind of a drag.
This isnít going to play well with our Canadian readers.
I would like to pay more attention to it, but A) thereís only so much time in the day, and B) Iíd really have to search it out.
Thatís understandable. My other question, and maybe you donít have time for this either, but who is your favourite character on Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Charlie, Mac, DennisÖ
I would say neither of those three. I like Danny De Vitoís character.
De Vito, eh? Heís got some good moments.
I think he really put a spark on that show when he came on. I watched the first season and thought ďYeah, this is pretty good.Ē But when he joined up it just got crazy. I thought they were able to do a lot more. That showís fun, but I kind of overloaded on it. It was all on Hulu Ė you know that site Hulu?
We canít actually watch it here in Canada due to licensing, or something.
The thing about Hulu is that you can just watch it all. My wife and I sat down and watched three seasons worth. That sense of humour, all in a row, that many nights Ė it starts to wear on you. Itís kind of like ďAlright. I need something actuallyÖ positive.Ē So I kind of overdosed on it and Iíll have to go back and check out where itís at but I needed some time away from that show. (laughs)
Any tours planned for after this one?
Weíre not planning on doing any touring until we have a new record, which is actually a decision that I kind of made. I donít know if everyone in the band is okay with that (laughs), but thatís just the way itís going to be. Itís important for me to come to town with new music.
Speaking of new music, any new albums youíve been listening to lately?
Iíll be honest, man. I had one of those moments today where, youíre going along with your dayÖ I bought two records yesterday. One of them is the Monsters of Folk record Ė you know, with Conor Oberst and Jim James and all those guys Ė and I bought the new Pearl Jam. I said, ďWell, I know Iím really going to like the Monsters of Folk, so Iíll wait. Who knows what Pearl Jam has been up to?Ē So I put that one on first, and I had one of those experiences with a record that you rarely have where youíre completely dumbfounded by whatís coming over the speakers. Itís so fucking good. I canít even formulate half a sentence about it. I mean, itís so, so good. I came into the venue with it in my hands. When we got here, I just was like, ďhas anyone heard this?Ē A couple of the guys from Gaslight had heard it, and they too were very excited about it. Itís a total rock and roll album. Itís loud, fast, uptempo and itís really, really good. Thereís that and uh, other than thatÖ I love those Conor Oberst records, and the new Jay Z I think is really good. I think thatís a really creative record. We listened to that a lot during the first week of being on this tour. So, yeah. Iíd say the new Pearl Jam, new Jay Z, and hopefully that Monsters of Folk album but I didnít even listen to it! I just played the Pearl Jam record like 3 or 4 times in a row because I couldnít believe how good it was(Laughs). Hopefully my cheque clears from Pearl Jam after being such a hype man (Laughs). Goddamn, did they do a good job.
Any last words for the readers?
No. Just thanks for the interview, and see youÖ when we see you.