When Dave Hause was putting together his latest album Bury Me in Philly, released earlier this year, the Americana punk troubadour admitted he had a template in mind for its free-spirited vibe and rock-forward approach: Bryan Adams' Reckless.
Nowhere is that inspiration more apparent than on Bury Me in Philly's "The Flinch," a barreling rocker about standing one's ground in the face of adversity and criticism. Hause, who now calls Santa Barbara, California, home, returned to Philadelphia to film a video for the song at World Café Live, the music venue located inside influential Philly radio station WXPN.
"I wanted to make a more uplifting record and Reckless is a sturdy rock & roll record. It's the mountaintop," Hause tells Rolling Stone Country. "Springsteen has sustained that his whole life, but that lightning bolt moment for Bryan Adams was pretty undeniable. Ryan Adams is mining that era now and making great records. Taylor Swift is too in her own way. So I thought if I'm going to make that kind of record, I have to turn my attention to the things that got me fired up as a kid."
Along with Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen, Hause was shaped by Philadelphia heroes the Hooters, whose 1985 album Nervous Night a young Hause can be seen holding at the end of "The Flinch" video. In another personal touch, the young crowd-surfer is Hause's nephew Judah.
Hause just announced a new fall tour with Beach Slang that will take him from Nashville to Philadelphia.