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Dave Hause and his “Fireflies”

Dave Hause has just released his latest track “Fireflies” from his upcoming album Kick. It is another fine slab of American songwriting.

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The songwriting of Dave Hause has always spoken volumes about the human connection to that American sound. His music has echoed the sentiments of what made American music and American songwriting great- the open road, the working class, the spirit of self-belief. Whether it was his work in The Loved Ones or over his solo releases, Hause is a name that is (or at least should be) synonymous with the other great contemporary American songwriters like Brian Fallon, Jason Isbell, and Justin Townes Earle.

Hause has just released his latest track “Fireflies” from his upcoming album Kick, and it really is another fine slab of songwriting. The album is the follow-up to his 2017 album Bury Me In Philly and is due out April 12th on Rise Records.

“Fireflies” is in musical contrast to that of the album’s first single “The Ditch” and the second, very Jersey sounding “Saboteurs”. “Fireflies” is a stripped back, contemplative number finding its sound in mostly just Hause, his guitar, and his harmonica- fundamentally the best of what he does. It is with these quieter moments that you are reminded of the resonance of American songwriting- at least in this form. You don’t need much else other than the stories of the neverending horizon, a great voice and a guitar.

What else can you say other than heartland rock is alive and well in the music of Dave Hause.

Listen to “Fireflies”:

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Killswitch Engage reveal “Unleashed”, set date for Atonement

Killswitch Engage’s new album is a reflection of perseverance

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Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage have announced the release date for their upcoming 8th studio album. Titled Atonement, the album is due for release August 16th on Metal Blade Records, and is the follow-up to 2016’s Incarnate. To preview the album, the band have revealed the first single from the release, the opening track, “Unleashed”, which you can listen to below.

Regarding the new single, vocalist Jesse Leach has said about the song;

“Unleashed is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within”

The new album is the third album to feature Jesse Leach after his return in 2013’s terrific Disarm the Descent. Atonement’s most anticipated song perhaps (at least in our eyes), is the second track “Signal the Fire”, which features guest vocals from the man who voiced KsE for a decade, Howard Jones. We have fluctuated between preferring Leach at the vocals to Jones at the vocals all through the KsE discography- teased by how Leach songs sounded with Jones singing (“Fixation on the Darkness“) and how Jones songs sounded with Leach singing, but the thought of having them both sing together on one song………………

Atonement has been in the making since 2017, but was temporarily derailed after Leach had to undergo throat surgery. Killswitch Engage will hit the road across North America all through July before jetting off to Europe in October.

Listen to “Unleashed”:

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Trivium cover Dead Kennedy’s “Kill The Poor”

All systems go to kill the poor tonight

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Heavy metal band Trivium have been releasing bonus and unreleased tracks over the past few months. The songs have come from the recording sessions for their 2017 album The Sin and the Sentence. They’ve released a few unreleased originals and recently released a pretty faithful cover of the Type O Negative track “I Don’t Wanna Be Me“. The band have now released their similarly faithful cover of the Dead Kennedy’s 1980 single “Kill the Poor”.

The original was featured on the Dead Kennedy’s debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, released in September of 1980 on Cherry Red Records and Jello Biafra’s own Alternative Tentacles (the noted label’s first full length release). The album features noted DK tracks “California Über Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia”.

Trivium’s cover is pretty spot on and doesn’t deviate from the original, but it doesn’t quite capture the wildly fluctuating vocal tone that Jello Biafra is known for. Still. A good cover nonetheless. Check it out above.

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