Dave Hause on stripping back his sound and paying tribute to the Dillinger Four

Dave Hause
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Punks aren't known to follow rules, and one entrenched tradition in particular had been rubbing punk rocker-turned-solo artist Dave Hause the wrong way. “In hip-hop, there’s a lot more freedom and a lot more reckless abandon, and within rock ’n’ roll there’s this paradigm of, put out a record [and then] tour,” rinse and repeat, he explains.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke that album-tour cycle in 2020, the former frontman of the Loved Ones, now four albums deep into a solo career, recorded a pair of EPs, Patty and Paddy, that reimagine the songs of Patty Griffin and Patrick “Paddy” Costello of Dillinger Four. Recorded without his backing band and augmented by guests including Lilly Hiatt, Brian Fallon and his brother and collaborator Tim Hause, the twin releases are a departure from his brand of post-Replacements, Tom Petty-inspired, blue-collar rock.

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.