The Verse’s Dana Trewin reviews Dave Hause and the Mermaids at Sticky Mike’s on Sunday 12th March 2017
On his second ever show in Brighton, Dave Hause and the Mermaid got the chance to redo a gig that Dave himself described as ‘a disaster’. Although the crowd has something to say about that when he looked back on the night. Arguing back with him, it was clear the fans there supporting the singer definitely didn’t agree with what he had to say about that first time.
His third studio album, Bury Me In Philly, takes a more folk, classic rock approach. Moving away from punk, ever so slightly. Showcasing the heart-on-sleeve emotions that make Hause’s music so appealing. With the true sound of rock ‘n’ roll America spilling out of the album, the record makes the perfect, uplifting, road trip sound track. Imagine sunny days, long stretches of road and that American dream. Formerly of punk band The Loved Ones, Hause’s song writing has the ability to take the listener on a journey. And after listening to the album on multiple occasions since its release in February, there was no way I was about to turn down the chance to see him live. He did not disappoint.
Taking the stage surrounded by The Mermaid, one of the first things Hause said to the crowd was: “bring it in closer. I don’t know whats going on out there but I want us all to have the same experience.” It was a stand out for me. Not having been even five minutes on stage, I already knew this guy was living up to everything I had read. With a crowd of about 100, the intimacy and atmosphere of the gig was something particularly special. From chatting to the audience, and some clear long-time fans. To the pure love and respect he had for not only his band, but the bands supporting him.
He had the crowd in the palm of his hand throughout the show; singing along to Wild Love and My Mistake. The energy in the performance was undeniable. Then there was a particularly great moment. Potentially my favourite part of the gig. This being when Hause dedicated song Dirty Fucker, to the president of the united states. Which got no arguments from anyone.
With venue decked out in birthday banners and balloons, Hause’s brother – who played bass in The Mermaid – paused the gig so that the band and the crowd, all prepared with glow sticks, could sing Hause a happy birthday. It was definitely a moment to remember. There’s a clear and pure love between the siblings – you couldn’t help but feel it throughout the set. Following that, the mood and the pace of the music picked up again. Paper tiaras were worn and balloons were thrown about. The smiles spread across the band and the crowd and in a breath. Everyone was singing and dancing along.
“Giant man, tiny guitar… Happy Birthday to me” – Dave Hause
Bury Me In Philly is available now, and Dave and The Mermaids continue their UK tour until 20th March.