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Dave Hause is the quintessential hometown hero. A veteran punk and hardcore player, most famously with The Loved Ones, which he co-founded, Hause has aged gracefully into a thrilling second act as a grown-up-but-still-rocking songwriter, whose punk-tinged blue collar anthems were the perfect way to end the day on the Marina Stage at the XPonential Music Festival in Camden, NJ, presented by WXPN. Hause had more friends in the audience than just about anyone at the festival, and he rewarded us with outstanding renditions of his latest work, focused especially on his 2013 record Devour.
To experience Hause live is to take a trip down Thunder Road, to revel in cathartic major-chord rock. The passion in Hause’s voice is matched by his incisive lyrics, such as those on “The Great Depression”, an anthem for the victims of modern economic collapse. Part of what makes Hause’s approach so appealing is that, even when the story being told is a sad one, the exuberance of Hause’s delivery claims the listener’s interest and holds it. Hause closed the set with “The Shine”, where he sings:
Cause we don’t stutter when we sing
Our melodies grow little wings
Huddled here grinding tears into red wine
Meet the darkness with the shine
No matter how you felt when you arrived that day, Hause left you feeling right. His are the perfect words to be sung by a Philly musician on the banks of Camden, a Mid-Atlantic town verging on despair, but grasping, as ever, for hope.
I recorded this set with a flawless soundboard feed from the local engineer Tom, combined with Schoeps MK5 microphones flying back at the board. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
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XPonential Music Festival, Marina Stage
Camden, NJ USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Soundboard (engineer: Tom) + Schoeps MK5c (PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time 45:19]
01 Autism Vaccine Blues
05 Time Will Tell
06 Same Disease
08 The Great Depression
09 We Could Be Kings
13 C’mon Kid
14 The Shine
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