Ok folks, welcome to treatyourself, random musings, etc from your old pal Dave Hause.
Lets start this thing off...2010 was one hell of year, and if I had been a bit more organized, I would've kept a more detailed account of what was doing throughout the year. Instead I suppose I'll give you a quick recounting of said year and then I'll be updating this blog I guess whenever the 'spirit' moves me.
January...I kicked off the year with a weekend of shows with my buddy Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) in New York City (Bowery Ballroom), DC (Black Cat) and Philadelphia (First Unitarian Church). We each jumped in a car with our wives and had a blast, and at the end of each show we combined to play a few covers, check out this video of us covering Tegan and Sara's Call it Off ...Brian Fallon & Dave Hause cover Tegan & Sara.
February...I headed up to Canada and out to the midwest for 2 weeks, some great times were had playing shows with Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Cavaliers, Lucero, and American War (check out this band in particular, unbelievable stuff.)
3 days into the tour I got a panicked call from wife that one of our sweet dogs, "ZUZU" had a sudden heart attack and passed away. It made for some gut-wrenching moments driving around the cold Canadian landscape, and I want to extend gratitude to my buddy and fellow Loved One Dave Walsh (he had come on the tour to hang out) for his positivity and love in those rough weeks as well as to my friends Alex McDonald, Chuck Ragan, and Tim Barry for stiff drinks and good friendship, much respect to all of you.
The Loved Ones headed out with our old friends in AFI in March for a 1o day run, which was a real treat to head down south and to hang out with our bay area buds. We played the Harvest Of Hope Festival as well which was a blast. We came home and played an incredibly memorable Philly show, in a west Philly house with 24 hours notice with our buds Paint it Black. Here's proof it happened:
After one hell of a great night in Asbury Park, playing at the lanes opening for Frank Turner, I headed back up to Canada (couldn't get enough Steam Whistle booze and enormous snowfall) for a cross Canadian tour with NORTHCOTE, or what Matt Good calls his solo project. Bear in mind, I had never met this guy and was getting into a hatchback with him to tour from Ottawa to Vancouver, but within days we were like 3 (Uncle Dave Walsh came out on this run too) old souls, laughing and having the greatest time.
Oh yeah, and Chris Gonzalez aka TEAMVIBES, the bass player of the Loved Ones, got married to his beautiful bride Nicole. Needless to say, we partied.
May saw the release of my first 7", entitled Melanin, which was released by the fine folks at Bantic Media, a music business class run by Darren Walters of Jade Tree out of Drexel University. It was a pleasure working with the sharp young minds from that class and they helped me sell the 500 copies out at an amazingly fast rate.
At home we decided to get a new puppy, not only to keep our other dog LaMotta company, (who had the blues big time over the loss of ZUZU) but to shift the focus from the bummer of loosing Zusie to a new sweetheart, Miss Caldonia. She's been a blast.
June was the first of 2 trips I was able to make to Australia this year. The Loved Ones headed down for our first Australian voyage, supporting Strung Out, and man I'll tell you, touring that country is as good as it gets. Michael "Spider" Cotterman, our original bass player came down as Chris was honeymooning and we drank countless coffees and Cooper's, got tattooed, petted koalas, met kangaroos, and played some of the most exciting and well received shows the band had ever played. Dream come true kind of tour. Big ups to our tour manager and dear friendCharney Marshall for taking great care of us and showing us a lovely time.
Dave Walsh and I flew directly from Brisbane to San Francisco for our dear friend Thadd LaRue's wedding (the king of San Francisco) and then I solo toured down the coast with my wife and step daughter for a week. I had the honor of having one of the greatest musicians I know out to play the California gigs, mister Mitchell Townsend.
July/August/September I spent writing new songs for the next Loved Ones record and doing some contracting work. The record is coming together really well and is a much darker, loud, spastic group of songs then Build & Burn was. At the end of September I did 2 shows withJoe Sibb, who owns Side One Dummy. It was interesting to do a show where I was the only guy playing music, and Joe entertained in spades. Go check him out.
October I headed out on another tour wherein I didn't know the people I was playing with, and yet was hopping in their van, the great and underrated Two Cow Garage from Ohio. I had a blast tearing up the east coast with these guys, what a good band and a solid group of individuals, thanks guys.
November was quiet, just prepping up for my debut full-length record, "Resolutions" to release on Paper + Plastick in January 2011. One of the coolest things of the year happened though, I got to open for one of my absolute songwriting heros, the great Bob Mould at a small theater in Sellersville, PA. Bob was a true gentleman, and was complimentary of my music which blew my mind and played a career spanning set that night, Husker Du songs, Sugar songs and solo songs that was just amazing.
The end of November I played NYC with my buddies Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio andBrendan Kelly from the Lawrence Arms. Well, Brendan didn't so much play as get blackout drunk and attempt to play, oh my god, what a site. It was a great time, check youtube for video (I would think it's there) of me joining Matt at the end of his set for some Trio favorites.
December. This should get it's own blog, and it may just have to. I had the absolutely incredible honor to head back to Australia (and New Zealand, for the first time) to open for some of my best buds in this world, and 2 of the most fantastic bands you'll find, The Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music. This was one of the most life affirming, wild, dream come true experiences I have EVER had, and I feel like the luckiest guy on earth to have been a part of it. The hell with it, I'll collect my thoughts on it and post a blog just about this tour, it was that good.
Thanks for reading, this turned into one of those letters you get from your uncle with a picture of his family in santa hats describing what happened last year, so thanks for bearing with me to the end. Stay tuned for end of the year favorites lists, movies, songs, and records.
Dave Hause 12/10