Dave Hause

SummerCamp Productions presents..

Dave Hause

Kalle Mattson, Alex Mason, Aaron Allen

Tue, April 21, 2015

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

Dave Hause
"The way we learned to live is fading fast/I guess we never bargained for a crash."


For Dave Hause the American dream is a broken promise, a childhood ideal that has been shattered by the reality of the past two decades. On the musician's second solo album, Devour, Hause scours the foundation of that crumbled dream in an attempt to discover how everything we believed growing up could have turned out so differently. The album, initially written to become the third record from Hause's rock band The Loved Ones, follows his 2011 solo debut Resolutions, a disc that allowed the musician to understand his potential as his own artist.

As Hause, a Philadelphia native, began penning new music for a new album from The Loved Ones, it became clear that the group, who had taken a break after their second album, had stalled. These songs, however, which showcased a clear thematic journey, were meant to be vocalized by Hause and over the past few years he transformed them into Devour. Hause solidified the album's sequence before even going into the studio, aiming to craft a narrative arc that drove the album from its dark, heavy first half into a lighter, more hopeful tone. A thematic line of melody runs through the songs, reflecting the overarching ideas in the music itself. The disc explores the heartbreak of shattered childhood promises of a better world and concludes with optimistic hope.

"Devour is about that inherent American appetite," Hause says. "It's in all the songs in some degree. There's a reason why Tony Soprano became such a huge American icon – he's this guy with this insane appetite for women and food and power. I think for the American public to latch onto a figure like that says something. Some of the positive things about America come from that as well, but there's a real sense of reckoning that comes from devouring everything in front of you. Is it ever enough?"

The rock songs, tinged with folk and punk tones, are firmly rooted in Hause's own upbringing and the sensibility that comes from growing up in a blue collar neighborhood driven by the lingering anticipation of upward mobility. In the lyrics, the fulcrum around which the album revolves, Hause grapples with this working class ideal and the fact that America's recent shifts have caused it to no longer fit. From "The Great Depression," which centers on the unfulfilled promises laid out in the Reagan-era '80s, to the more specific-minded relationships of "Father's Son," Devour comes to terms with the loss of youthful innocence in a rapidly evolving world.

"I wanted to shine a light back on what was going on," Hause says. "It was a topic that was close to me and I wanted to write about it. In the end, it leaves you with the idea that if you have music and love you may be able to save yourself. It's going to be alright. That simple John Lennon concept of all you need is love. That's how I wrote myself out of the dark and the music begs the listener to come take that risk as well."

Once Hause had the track sequence and overall narrative in place he enlisted producer Andrew Alekel along with musician and co-producer Mitchell Townsend. The producers helped Hause collect the right musicians to build the songs in the best way possible, including My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster, Social Distortion drummer David Hidalgo Jr. and bassist Bob Thomson. Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison, Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba and The Watson Twins also appear on several tracks. Hause and his crew recorded the album over several weeks from mid-February to mid-March at Grandmaster Recorders LTD. in Hollywood, CA, focusing on giving each song the right tone while maintaining an overall musical aesthetic that helps tie the lyrical themes together.

"It was this group effort," Hause says. "A lot of trust went into letting Andrew and Mitch be the architects of the record. I trusted that we would get in there and they would know who was right for the music. They wanted to bring these people together in this great studio to get a record that was greater than the sum of its parts. I'm glad I trusted them because it was great to work with everyone there."

For the musician, who has toured with Social Distortion, The Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls and Chuck Ragan since launching his solo career, Devour is a cathartic release, both sonically and lyrically. Hause recently relocated to California and is committed to pursing the music he feels best reflects him individually. The journey on the album, the search for the light at the end of the tunnel, mirrors his own trek. The record closes with the delicate introspection of "Benediction," a song that pulls lyrical lines from all the tracks that precede it. After all the ruined promises and the culminating disappointments of the world, Hause ends the album with the sentiment of possibility. "It's love my friend in the end that can save us tonight," he sings. "So are you in?"
Kalle Mattson
"In a lot of ways this is a record about hope. A hope that things will get better. A hope for the future. A hope for someday. Someday, the moon will be gold." Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold is the title of the upcoming Kalle Mattson album, an album that is as much about hope as it is about death. Written in his childhood home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold chronicles Mattson as he returned to the place where he began writing songs, and gradually came to terms with the death of his mother 5 years prior.

Recorded throughout 2012 & 2013, Kalle Mattson's newest full-length was produced by The Wooden Sky's Gavin Gardiner and features appearances by Juno-nominated artists The Wooden Sky, Cuff The Duke & a song co-written by Kalle & renowned singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher. Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold fully embraces the duality of hope and death, from the summery jangle of "Pick Me Up" to the opulent & euphoric "Eyes Speak", this is a record that takes the young 22-year old songwriter to the next level both musically & lyrically.

"I had written about my mom in the past but never as honest as I was on all of these new songs" says Mattson. "I wanted to fully put down my own story. In a lot of ways I felt like all I had left was this record and finishing it. What I had put off for five years all came back to me in that house and I dealt with it by writing."

With STMWBG Kalle Mattson follows up a string of two critically acclaimed full-lengths (2009s Whisper Bee & 2011s Anchors), an EP (2012s Lives In Between), and two viral music videos for "Water Falls" (over 250,000 views) & "Thick As Thieves" (over 1,000,000 views). Anchors was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Jason Collett, Hayden) and saw Kalle tour in support of the album with stops at CMW, NXNE, Pop Montreal, Ottawa Bluesfest, tours with Sunparlour Players, Cuff The Duke, Jeremy Fisher and opening slots with Jim Bryson, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Blue Rodeo. The album also received a pair of Northern Ontario Music Award wins for Album of the Year (Group) & SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.

In November 2011 Kalle Mattson's music video for "Thick As Thieves" went viral with over 1,000,000 views to date. Created for only $250 in materials, it was covered by such media outlets as Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Yahoo and Much Music, amongst others and leading The National Post to highlight Kalle Mattson as one of five musicians poised to breakout in 2012.

In Spring 2012 Kalle released a second viral music video for "Water Falls", which depicted a camera 'slingshotting' through San Fransisco in a revolutionary new stop-motion technique. The video was premiered by NPR's All Songs Considered and was featured in The Atlantic, CBS News, Gizmodo, and led The Huffington Post to ask "Is this the coolest music video of 2012?".

Kalle Mattson returns February 11th with his third full length album titled Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold. He will be touring Europe and Canada throughout 2014.
Venue Information:
Rum Runners
178 Dundas Street
London, ON, N6A 1G7
http://www.londonmusichall.com/

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