Record Label: Paper + Plastick Records
Interview Date: March 8th, 2011
Interview Type: In Person
I caught up with Dave Hause from The Loved Ones at a coffee shop in Ottawa as he embarked on his second Canadian solo tour on March 9. The tour goes through Ontario and Quebec, and ends in the southern United States for SXSW. We talked about his new album, his next tour with Chuck Ragan from Hot Water Music, and future plans for The Loved Ones.
I got your new album a few weeks ago, and I have to say I’m really impressed with it. The production on it is surprisingly clean, so I was wondering if that was intimidating for you in the studio.
Actually no, it was a really smooth process. I ended up just having a lot of fun. Pete Steinhoff produced it, who is a dear friend of mine. We spent a lot of time together over the years, so there was a level of comfort that is hard to replicate. He has either made or played on a lot of records. He spends most of his time in the Bouncing Souls, but he definitely knows how to make a good album. He also knows how to talk me down from the ledge when I’m going out of my mind, so it was a comfortable experience actually.
I thought the band really added a lot to your sound, especially the addition of piano. Is that your sister who also played in The Loved Ones?
Actually it was Franz Nicolay from the Hold Steady who played piano on the last Loved Ones record. My sister toured with us and played the keys, so this was her first recording. She was pretty diligent about learning the parts, and she played fantastically on it. I think it adds a great element. When we were deciding on the sequence of the record, which song would come first etc., we felt like “Time Will Tell “ would work well, which was the first song I wrote for the record on the Hold Steady tour that we did. As I was writing it, she was putting the keys to it in a backstage room, so it was awesome.
Is your sister going to be coming along for the Revival Tour with Chuck Ragan in June?
I don’t think she’ll be coming on the Revival Tour. We’re doing some East Coast dates in the states at the end of the year with everybody who played on the record. I’m not sure if we will make it up to Canada or not. If things continue to grow, and more people come out so I can give her a decent amount of money to come with me then I will. You know, she’s my sister so I’m more inclined to make sure she’s safe and secure if she’s going to come on tour. But yeah, I would love to tour with her. It would be fun for the two of us to just be in the car, go sight-seeing and all that stuff.
“Pray for Tucson” is one of the darker songs on the record. I thought it might be about the Arizona shooting, but you said that was just a weird coincidence. What did you originally write it about?
The Loved Ones had a great year in 2008. We were touring with The Hold Steady, Flogging Molly and all that. But a couple of things happened while we were touring that reminded me of how it could all end in a second. One of the incidents was when a wheel came off our truck and we almost died. A couple of months later we were going through Tucson and we saw a line of lights. It was about sun-down and there were thousands of cars stopped, and we saw a dead body in the middle of the road from an accident that just happened. So there were just a few sobering moments on that tour where I realized that no matter how good things are going, life is short. I’m not a praying man, but I come from a really religious background, and I know a lot of people at home are praying for me. It’s kind of like my weird agnostic thank you to them for at least considering our mortality.
I noticed you named a lot of people in the last song on the record. I was wondering if you left anybody out who might have been mad about it.
Haha, that’s a good question. Actually there was someone who was pissed about it. My buddy Ford, who worked for the Loved Ones as a roadie texted me and said, “Hey, I love the record, I think it’s really special, and fuck you for not including me in the last song.” But he moved to California so he couldn’t have come to that show anyway.
So have you successfully avoided the adult crash so far?
Yeah, oh man that’s why I’m here. That’s the point. Getting to play in front of people every night in new towns that are further and further away from home avoids the adult crash for me. It makes me feel excited about life when I get to play my music for people.
I interviewed Chris from the Flatliners about a year ago after your tour with Northcote. I heard your tours combined and you learned a few Loved Ones songs to play together. I was wondering what that was like, and if you would want to do that again.
Yeah, they’re good friends of mine, and we’ve toured together a few times. They’re all young guys who have really got the right attitude towards playing music. They’re open minded people who are excited about what they do. They sort of remind me of a young Bouncing Souls or something, a band who are in it to win it. It’s exciting because every song and record they make gets better and better, so I think they’re a band to look out for, especially in the punk world.
What’s going on with The Loved Ones?
We just played a few East Coast shows, a Bouncing Souls Home for the Holidays show in Ashbury Park, and a secret show in Philly. They were a lot of fun. Everyone’s pretty busy with other stuff, but the new record is almost finished. We’ve demoed about eight of the songs, so we’re going to start putting that together over the next couple of months, recording and stuff. We’ll probably just start touring the world once the new record comes out.
That’s awesome news. I can’t wait to hear it.
Yeah, I’m really proud of it so far, and I’m very excited to get it out there.
I hope the rest of this tour goes well and you have fun at SXSW
Hell yeah, thanks man. It should be a good time. I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Interviewed By: Dave C.
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