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Dave Hause is a staple of the modern punk community. The former frontman of the highly revered defunct punk outfit the Loved Ones. He also had a short-lived stint as a guitarist in the legendary hardcore punk act Paint It Black. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention his tenure in punk supergroup, the Falcon.
But Hause is best known for his solo career—blending the grit of punk with the storytelling of Americana folk rock with his backing band, the Mermaid. There’s not a blank space left on Hause’s punk cred card, but that doesn’t stop him from renouncing the idea of the “guilty pleasure.”
“I think that music should just be enjoyed,” Hause says. “We have enough strife and trouble in the world and people telling you what to do, what you can and can’t say. Let music just be something that comes on and you enjoy. Now that I have kids, watching what they love, I can’t imagine trying to steer them away. Bert and Ernie sing a song, and they’re pumped. Why would you pull that joy away from them? I’m not into that.”
On his latest set of EPs, Patty and Paddy, Hause explores the spectrum of his musical tastes through the work of two of his favorite songwriters. On Patty, Hause delivers classic Patty Griffin songs with an added bar-rock bite. Conversely, he adds gentle restraint to raucous Dillinger Four songs on Paddy. Hause’s acoustic renditions of these D4 favorites allow Patrick “Paddy” Costello’s musicianship to shine like never before. The EPs were a product of Hause trying to stay creative during lockdown and document his adventures in home recording. They also reflect his tremendous range as an artist. He holds his own as both a tender singer-songwriter and a gruff vocalist who can belt out heartache and protest with coarse urgency.
Hause’s EPs also continue the long tradition of the punk-rock cover song. From Laura Jane Grace and Miley Cyrus’ incredible cover of the Replacements’ “Androgynous” to Rancid and NOFX covering each other, the art of the cover song is one of the most purely fun aspects of punk rock. In honor of his two new sets of covers, Hause revealed his 10 favorite punk covers exclusively to APTV.
His list is stacked with everything from the Damned to Sick Of It All. Hause also reminisces over the joys of watching the Bouncing Souls instill waves of nostalgia into their audience with their take on “Just Like Heaven.” His choices feature a who’s who of punk royalty dishing out their versions of beloved songs written by other artists. They’re all essential listens for every punk fan, pop enthusiast and hardcore devotee.
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