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You are most likely to know Dave Couse as the singer songwriter with Irish Indie legends A House, the band most remembered for the singles Endless Art and Here Come The Good Times. They also gave us five albums, which are widely considered to rank among the best Irish albums ever.
The response to CouseÆs new album æThe World Should KnowÆ in his native Ireland has enabled him to have a genuine artistic and commercial revival of Lazarus proportions. The first single Batman & Robin (a pop-tastic tale of friendship won and lost) was a true radio hit in Ireland, with heavy national airplay and also featuring on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 play-list in the UK. The follow-up single æBeauty IsÆ is slated for release on 14th February and is currently being added to play-lists nation-wide.
His new backing band, The Impossible have ignited a spark and passion unlike any Couse has known in years. They have proven to be sympathetic collaborators to DaveÆs contrasting dynamic impulses to proclaim statements loudly and also deliver fragile, emotive lyrics. This is best exemplified on the album by songs like Beauty Is (a retort to the exploitation of youth by the beauty industry) and Celebrity (a diatribe against the dumbing-down of popular culture). Opener A Celebration sets a positive pace for the album with a rallying call to make the most of every day.
As a survivor of a 20-year career in music, Couse is no stranger to the highs and lows it brings.
Following the demolition of A House, Dave spent the obligatory time in the wilderness, working on several shelved projects. The Frank & Walters also enlisted Dave to produce their 2nd album The Grand Parade. He also produced the recording of Here Come The Good Times as the Irish Football TeamÆs official song for the 2002 World Cup in Japan. It inevitably went to No. 1 in the Irish Charts and featured many musical luminaries from Aslan to Westlife,
Ultimately though, Dave always knew he had to come back to what he does best. In 2003 he released his debut solo album, æGenesÆ, a collaboration with long-term friend and Orange Juice / A Girl Like You maestro Edwyn Collins. A somewhat introspective affair, æGenesÆ yielded new live favourites in the form of Familiar Feeling and Will It Ever Stop Raining? Quite different from A House, but still unmistakably Couse.
Couse & the ImpossibleÆs æThe World Should KnowÆ was released in Ireland in late October 2005 and seems poised to become the next glorious chapter in the career of one of rockÆs great survivors and social observers. Dave will play in London in April and is working on releases in the UK, USA and Australia for the album