Punknews' Darren McLeod caught up with Dave Hause of the Loved Ones before the Vancouver stop of their tour with Murder By Death, Frank Turner, and The Gaslight Anthem. They chatted about Dave's upcoming solo album, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the new Pearl Jam album and the difference between Dave Hause and Dave House. Darren also tried to talk about hockey, but that failed miserably.
Darren: Alright, Iâm here with Dave Hause (as in pause) of The Loved Ones. Howâs the tour going so far?
Dave: Tourâs been great. Weâre having a lot of fun and itâs great being back on the road playing shows for people who are excited about music.
Excellent. Now, tomorrow night youâre playing a free solo acoustic show with Billy The Kid, correct?
Howâs your solo album coming along?
Itâs about half done. As soon as this tour is over Iâm going to settle in and go to Asbury Park to finish off the vocals. Thereâs some piano stuff that needs to get finished that my sisterâs going to play. A little bit more guitar work that Chris here is going to do.
(Dave gestures to bassist Chris Gonzalez)
Thereâs a little bit left. Not too much, and then weâll mix it. I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving and then Iâll 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, itâs 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?
Iâm not that concerned about it. I mean…
Itâs just an âoâ and an âaââ¦
Yeah, but, most people who are aware of what Iâm 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. Iâm not sure if itâs going to happen. Weâll see.
Perfect. How about The Loved Ones? Have you been writing material for the new Loved Ones album?
Yeah. Iâd say weâre about a third into writing the new album. Weâre not putting a time table on it - 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 heâs going to record that once Iâm done my record. So I think that weâll 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 weâve done. I know thatâs a common thing for an artist to say because theyâre excited about what they have coming up. Itâs sort of a meld of the first two records. Everyoneâs been really excited about the songs. In the band, I mean. We havenât been playing them live, or for anyone else. Weâre going to come out of the gate with a full album, no-holds barred, and tour the world again. Until then, weâve 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 donât know. Itâs a cool idea, and we got together and wrote some songs, and it was fun. But realistically speaking, the three different bands that weâre all in are extremely busy - 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. Weâll get to it at some point, maybe.
A couple of Philly questions for you. Number one: what are you more concerned about: Ray Emeryâs goaltending or Daniel Briereâs groin?
Or do you not follow hockey?
I havenât 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 whatâs 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 havenât paid a whole lot of attention to because itâs pretty hard to keep up with in the States, due to the fact that itâs not really on TV anymore. Itâs kind of a drag.
This isnât going to play well with our Canadian readers.
I would like to pay more attention to it, but A) thereâs only so much time in the day, and B) Iâd really have to search it out.
Thatâs understandable. My other question, and maybe you donât have time for this either, but who is your favourite character on Itâs Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Charlie, Mac, Dennisâ¦
I would say neither of those three. I like Danny De Vitoâs character.
De Vito, eh? Heâs 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 "Yeah, this is pretty good." But when he joined up it just got crazy. I thought they were able to do a lot more. That showâs fun, but I kind of overloaded on it. It was all on Hulu - you know that site Hulu?
We canât 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 - it starts to wear on you. Itâs kind of like "Alright. I need something actuallyâ¦ positive." So I kind of overdosed on it and Iâll have to go back and check out where itâs at but I needed some time away from that show. (laughs) Any tours planned for after this one?
Weâre not planning on doing any touring until we have a new record, which is actually a decision that I kind of made. I donât know if everyone in the band is okay with that (laughs), but thatâs just the way itâs going to be. Itâs important for me to come to town with new music.
Speaking of new music, any new albums youâve been listening to lately?
Iâll be honest, man. I had one of those moments today where, youâre going along with your dayâ¦ I bought two records yesterday. One of them is the Monsters of Folk record - you know, with Conor Oberst and Jim James and all those guys - and I bought the new Pearl Jam. I said, "Well, I know Iâm really going to like the Monsters of Folk, so Iâll wait. Who knows what Pearl Jam has been up to?" So I put that one on first, and I had one of those experiences with a record that you rarely have where youâre completely dumbfounded by whatâs coming over the speakers. Itâs so fucking good. I canât even formulate half a sentence about it. I mean, itâs so, so good. I came into the venue with it in my hands. When we got here, I just was like, "has anyone heard this?" A couple of the guys from Gaslight had heard it, and they too were very excited about it. Itâs a total rock and roll album. Itâs loud, fast, uptempo and itâs really, really good. Thereâs that and uh, other than thatâ¦ I love those Conor Oberst records, and the new Jay Z I think is really good. I think thatâs a really creative record. We listened to that a lot during the first week of being on this tour. So, yeah. Iâd say the new Pearl Jam, new Jay Z, and hopefully that Monsters of Folk album but I didnât even listen to it! I just played the Pearl Jam record like 3 or 4 times in a row because I couldnât 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 youâ¦ when we see you.