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DS Exclusive: “I’ll Love You ‘Til The End” – The Loved Ones Look Back On Ten Years Since “Build + Burn”


When The Loved Ones released their debut full-length album, Keep Your Heart, in early 2006, it seemed at the time to be a welcome bit of fresh air in the punk scene. Here was a new band that, though its members were known entities in the punk rock scene, seemed to transcend any specific label; a bouncy, East Coast sound run through a West Coast, Fat Wreck Chords filter. The album was an opening salvo from a band that seemed destined for a lengthy and blindingly bright future. Inspired (for lack of a better word, because that honestly feels like the wrong word to use) by the death of frontman Dave Hause’s mother a few years prior, the baker’s dozen tracks on Keep Your Heart found the Philadelphia-based trio (Mike Sneeringer on drums, Michael “Spider” Cotterman on bass) nearly perfecting a high-octane, melodic punk rock sound that was all their own right out of the gate. The album was nearly universally well-received by critics, fans and fellow bands alike, and set a trajectory for the band that seemed, on paper, to trend infinitely upward.

On the surface, things seemed to be heading in a positive direction in the Loved Ones camp, but there was tension in the ranks. By the time they were ready to record a follow-up to Keep Your Heart, Spider had left the band and the relationship between Hause and Sneeringer was tenuous at best. Touring guitar player David Walsh was brought in as a permanent member, as was Chris Gonzalez, Walsh’s former bandmate in Boston-area punk band The Explosion after that band itself went belly up. The situation was unsteady, but the new lineup had displayed a great deal of chemistry on the road. With that and the momentum from Keep Your Heart still providing wind in their sails, the band teamed up with Bouncing Souls’ Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen to get to work on a new album that would find the band branching in different directions while trying to not abandon their punk rock roots.

The end product, Build & Burn, was released ten years ago today (February 5, 2008). Backed by a rock solid rhythm section, the album maintained many of the melody-rich, uptempo punk rock sounds that made its predecessor so beloved. But the album also stretched in a variety of musical directions that, at the time, didn’t immediately resonate with fans in the same coherent way that Keep Your Heart had. Layers of added texture and an increased desire to tap into some broader musical influences, from Foo Fighter-esque radio ready rockers to mid-90s radio alternative Lemonheads grooves to Oasis style stadium anthems made for an enjoyable and challenging listening experience to the punk rock ear. In retrospect, the album very much finds not only the band and its members – collectively and individually – at a crossroads, but came at a time in which the scene and the music industry and the nation were very much the same place.

The band aimed high, and while opinions may vary as to how successful they were (yours truly thinks its the superior, more relatable Loved Ones full-length), it’s undeniable that they built a bridge to what was to come for its members. To mark the album’s tenth birthday, Dying Scene caught up with its main players – Dave Hause, Mike Sneeringer, David Walsh, Chris Gonzalez, Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen – to dig deep into the closets and talk about the build up, and subsequent burn out, that produced this misunderstood gem. Check out our two-part story (The Build and The Burn) and track-by-track revisit below!



DS Photo Gallery: The Loved Ones, Cayetana and Mikey Erg – Cambridge, MA

Independently of one another, reunion tours and album anniversary tours can be curious beasts from time to time. And while The Loved Ones never officially split up a few years ago, the brief, recently-wrapped run of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Keep Your Heart (Fat Wreck Chords) had all the makings of both of those curious beasts wrapped into one high-energy package. Appearing as a five-piece (Dave Hause on vocals/guitar/keyboard/stick), “Uncle” David Walsh and Christopher Gonzalez on guitar, Spider Cotterman on bass and Michael Sneeringer on drums), the band rolled through the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, (which should look familiar if you’ve been reading these posts over the last few days) as they wound down the East Coast portion of the tour, and to sum up the evening by way of a rather pointed question directly to the band: “where the fuck have you been?!?”

Check your Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Instagram feeds anytime any one of your friends is out at a show that you’re not at, and you’ll undoubtedly learn that such-and-such band is “killing it” or “destroying” or “slaying” or whatever. It is beyond safe to label such terms ‘hyperbole’ on almost 100% of reported occasions. Almost 100%. Because if there were ever really a time when such terminology applies, it’s cases where a band completely and totally owns not only a stage, but an entire venue; when a band works and functions in total unison like a sort of musical Voltron. Am I referring to The Loved Ones as a sort of musical Voltron? Yeah, I guess I am (I haven’t slept in like a week, deal with it). In any event, from the time the opening bell sounded by way of the first notes of “Breathe In,” Hause and company were lock tight and never really wavered from start to finish.

The hour-plus set drew consisted, as you’d imagine, of Keep Your Heart in its entirety, but thankfully not in order. Sure, there’s some benefit or appeal to a band playing an album start-to-finish for nostalgia purposes. However, for a couple reasons, this isn’t always the preferred option; first, because it’s 2016 and people, sadly, don’t really listen to albums straight through anymore; perhaps more importantly, however, is the fact that what compromises a cohesive album and what makes for a dynamic setlist are not always identical things. As an added benefit, these shows also include the band’s self-titled debut EP (released in 2005 via Jade Tree Records). Hause alternated between playing guitar and serving as quintessential frontman (accompanied, at times, by a large walking stick, giving the impression — either real or accidental — of a sort of punk rock Rafiki), spending as much time perched on the monitors at stage center, breathing life into a crowd that seemed to simultaneously be breathing life into the band in perfect unison.

The ubiquitous Mikey Erg and upstart Philly three-piece Cayetana provided opening duties on this particular evening. It can be somewhat difficult for a solo artist to open an at-capacity punk rock show, but the Stratocaster-wielding Erg is a seasoned veteran, playing about as high-energy a set as you’ll find a solo performer pull off. Cayetana have become one of yours truly’s favorite new bands in recent years, so watching them spread their proverbial wings provided by the larger stage and venue size at Sinclair served as a welcome sign of things to come for a band that are destined for continually bigger and better things.

Check out our photo gallery below.



The Loved Ones announce more “Keep Your Heart” 10 year anniversary shows

Late last year, we told you The Loved Ones would be playing a handful of shows celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their beloved debut album Keep Your Heart. Since then, they’ve added a bunch of dates to the tour but we’ve unfortunately failed to notify you.

The Loved Ones hit the road tonight in Santa Barbara, CA, so check out the dates below to see if they’ll be playing Keep Your Heart in its entirety near you.



The Loved Ones announce “Keep Your Heart” anniversary shows

Philadelphia punk act The Loved Ones recently announced that they will be playing a handful of shows in February to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ther 2006 album Keep Your Heart.

Check out the dates and locations below.

Keep Your Heart was released on Fat Wreck Chords.  The Loved Ones last released Distractions in 2009, also on Fat Wreck.



The Mighty Mighty Bossones & a reunited The Loved Ones added in final Groezrock 2015 lineup announcement

At long last, the final lineup announcement for this year’s edition of Groezrock has been made! Joining the likes of Lagwagon, Satanic Surfers, Pennywise, Millencolin, and many others are Boston ska-core pioneers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a reunited Philadelphia punk band you may know as The Loved Ones. Not too shabby, eh?

Groezrock 2015 will take place on the 1st and 2nd of May in Meerhout, Belgium. Click here to check out the single-day lineups, and head over here to grab your tickets!



Dave Hause streams new album “Devour”

The Loved Ones front-man Dave Hause is streaming his second solo album “Devour”, which is set to be released on October 8th through Rise Records.

Click here to give it a listen.

Dave Hause released “Resolutions” in 2011 through Paper + Plastick Records.



Dave Hause premieres new song “Autism Vaccine Blues”

Dave Hause of  The Loved Ones is streaming a new song from his upcoming solo album, “Devour.” The track is called “Autism Vaccine Blues” and you can check it out here.

Hause will release Devour on October 8th via Rise Records.

 



Photo Gallery: Bouncing Souls “For All the Unheard” Night 3, New York City

Or, “it’s all fun and games until a stage diver nearly knocks out your nose ring.” I realize that makes me sound really old.

Anyway, last night was night 3 of the Bouncing Souls‘ New York leg of the “For All the Unheard” tour, which you may or may not be sick of hearing about at this point. I’m going to keep this brief, show you some pictures and get on with resting my voice and eardrums for the final installment tonight.

The Loved Ones were the final opener. Not being particularly familiar with them, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they were great. I actually missed when Dave Hause played a solo set as an opener on Wednesday, so I’m glad I at least got to see this.

Tonight there was no in-person boxing announcer (it was a recording), but they still played the “Rocky” theme and had a woman walk around with the album cover for both records. The crowd was much higher energy, especially during “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” and the whole first album was like a massive punk-rock sing-along. I’m going to be honest, “Anchors Aweigh” is the Souls album that I have, outside of a few songs and for no apparent reason, paid the least attention to over the years. But there are a lot of songs on that record they don’t usually play during regular shows, so it was pretty great to hear them.

Some things to note: Dave Hause joined the Souls on stage to play guitar during one of the songs from “Anchors Aweigh,” and Greg Attonito managed to crowdsurf around the entire room and back to the stage in the span of one song. Now, without further ado, it’s photo time. They’re in black and white today, because we are just that classy here at Dying Scene.



Video: The Gaslight Anthem “Bring It On” from “American Slang”

New Jersey folk-rockers The Gaslight Anthem have released a music video for the track “Bring It On” from 2010’s “American Slang” – check it out here. The video includes Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) in a starring role.

The band has a string of European tour dates this month (details at DyingScene Shows) and then front-man Brian Fallon will hit the road with his side-project The Horrible Crowes.



The Loved Ones working on new music, post live video of new song

Awesome, I’m stoked! The Loved Ones are currently working on new music and have posted a live video of a new song.

Check it out here.

No further information has been provided but we’ll keep you updated! The Loved Ones last album “Distractions” was released in 2009 on Fat Wreck Chords.



Full Album Stream: Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) – “Resolutions”

Dave Hause, singer and guitarist of Philadelphia punk rockers The Loved Ones will release his solo album “Resolutions” tomorrow, but you can stream the entire record right now.  Head on over to AOL Spinner to check it out!

“Resolutions” will be available Tuesday, January 25th on Paper + Plastick Records, and it is his first full length solo record.



Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) announces solo debut on Paper + Plastick, upcoming tour dates

The Loved Ones frontman, Dave Hause, has announced that he will be releasing his debut full-length early next year on Paper + Plastick Records. Hause is also set to release a CDEP/7″ with a new song and some b-sides this November.

In support of the EP and anticipation of his upcoming album, Hause has announced a batch of US tour dates with Two Cow Garage, and some dates in Australia and New Zealand with Hot Water Music and The Bouncing Souls. You can check those dates out here.



Strung Out announces Australian / New Zealand tour with The Loved Ones

Fat Wreck ChordsHey Aussies and Kiwis, this one’s for you.  Simi Valley punk legends Strung Out announced an Australian / New Zealand tour with The Loved Ones. Strung out will be supporting  their latest album Agents of the Underground which was released on Fat Wreck Chords on September 29, 2009.

For dates and locations visit their Dying Scene Shows page.



Dave Hause “Pray For Tucson” Pink Couch Session

The Loved Ones singer, Dave Hause, recently performed his track Pray For Tucson for the Pink Couch Session “where you sit on a couch and play a song.”  Check out the live acoustic video here.

Dave’s currently touring around Canada and will soon make his way back into the US before joining back up with The Loved Ones to open for AFI for a few dates in March.  Check out our Shows page for dates (Dave Hause dates, The Loved Ones dates, AFI dates).



Ticket Giveaways for upcoming Gaslight Anthem’s tour

sideone11So apparently The Gaslight Anthem are giving out a pair of tickets for each date on their upcoming tour with Murder By Death, The Loved Ones, Frank Turner, and Broadway Calls. Check for the details here and you can win a pair of tickets.

You can look up the the dates to see if they are playing near you.