Philadelphia singer-songwriter puts lyrics first on new LP 'Bury Me in Philly'
February 3, 2017 | By Joseph Hudak
"'Maybe next year' – it's what my old man and all his friends would say at the end of every losing sports season, missed playoffs, failed shot at a title or heartbreak. As I got older it seemed like so many of us end up saying that about so many things we hope to get to, but we get so busy grinding out an existence that the goal seems out of reach," Hause explains. "'The Flinch' is me doing my damnedest to try to follow through."
Throughout Bury Me in Philly, Hause sees his lyrics-first approach through to the end, reinforcing the Americana bent of the project. But even though he gushes over Patty Griffin ("She's the Holy Grail of lyricists") and Jason Isbell ("He's got the gift"), and counts rootsy singer-songwriter Cory Branan as a close friend and collaborator, he maintains that he'll always be more punk than Americana – or country.
"There is a perceived credibility that comes with being in Americana. But for me to write an acoustic song and add fiddle and banjo is just absurd," he says. "It would be more appropriate to put hip-hop beats under my lyrics than to put a country tinge on it. I'm not country – I'm from Philly."