COUSE AND THE IMPOSSIBLE
IRISH INDEPENDENT - 10 March 2005
If there was a picture In the dictionary to illustrate perserverance,
then DAVE COUSE would certainly be a candidate. After leading the
sorely underrated alternative pop band A HOUSE between 1985 and 1997,
Couse is still writing and releasing records and playing gigs, wisely
refusing to keep his arsenal of acerbic pop songs a secret.
THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW-DAVE COUSE & THE IMPOSSIBLE
IRISH INDEPENDENT - 14 October 2005
A HOUSE were one of Ireland's leading bands not to make it the big time and a sense of sadness marked their passing in 1997. Front man Dave Couse didn't fade away though, and his second solo album proves that he's still got plenty to say and he pens songs that most of his contemporaries can only dream of emulating. Lead single Batman and Robin is a thrilling slab of guitar pop, an instant sing-along with the pointed lyrics that Couse does so well. Elsewhere the largely spoken word Celebrity puts the boot into our Big Brother/MTV Cribs obsession, packing a brilliant punch in three minutes flat. And Stars in a none-too-oblique attack on music journalists and their dismissive rating system. His new band, The Impossible, are right on the money, although this - as always - is Dave Couse's show. Long may the mojo remain.
COUSE ABOUT THAT - BATMAN AND ROBIN REVIEW
THE MIRROR - 16th September 2005
FORMER A House great Dave Couse is back with his new band The Impossible and their sensational single Batman And Robin. The old-style single release, with two B-sides, promises to dominate the airwaves this autumn and is already regarded as a bona fide classic. One of those B-sides is Sunday Morning, a Lou Reed effort from his Velvet Underground days. The other is the non-album Youngblood. It's another top notch effort from Couse who masterminded the new album Beauty Is the Beast which is due for release on the 1969 Records label next month. The Impossible will be touring the country in the coming months, supporting both the single and the album with live appearances accompanied by Pugwash and Bell X1. Tomorrow night they appear at the Spirit Store in Dundalk, Co. Louth. From there it's off to the Trinity Rooms in Limerick for a September 30 gig. The Impossible will support Bell X1 in the Olympia Theatre next month and will also appear in Whelans in November. Already the driving force behind some of the greatest Irish albums ever made, and the acclaimed solo album Genes, Couse is ready to dominate all over again. Batman and Robin is out today.
REVIEW OF BATMAN AND ROBIN
The Ticket (Irish Times) - 16th September 2005
Der-NER, der-ner, der-ner, der-ner, Bat-maan! Sorry, this isn't the theme tune, but a wholly brilliant song about failed friendships and lost innocence. He may have swapped A House for a batcave, but Couse is no Joker.
DAVE COUSE AND THE IMPOSSIBLE/PUGWASH - THE SPIRIT STORE, DUNDALK
The Irish Times - September 16th '05
A value-for-money double bill is all-too-rare these days, so when you have Ireland's most acerbic songwriter (Dave Couse) twinned with its best exponent of power pop (Pugwash) you'd be something of a village idiot to stay at home. Pugwash is something of a slimmed down affair tonight, with just main singer and songwriter Thomas Walsh strumming guitar, playing songs from his two previous albums, Almond Tea and Almanac, and previewing tracks from his new record, Jollity.