Philadelphia-based punk trio the Loved Ones formed in late 2003 and are comprised of singer/guitarist Dave Hause
, bassist Michael "Spider" Cotterman, and drummer Mike Sneeringer.
Already longtime friends, the bandmembers had previously done time playing in groups like Kid Dynamite
, Paint It Black
, the Curse, and Trial by Fire
. In the past, Hause
had also worked in various managing/roadie positions for bands such as Sick of It All
, Bouncing Souls
, Kid Dynamite
, and the Explosion
, which eventually inspired him to follow his own dreams of playing music for a living. The Loved Ones released their self-titled EP on Jade Tree in February 2005, and soon found themselves opening shows for the likes of Against Me!
, Bad Religion
, and NOFX
. Their polished punk sensibilities combined with singalong choruses and raspy vocals next brought the guys to the attention of Fat Wreck Chords; the label issued their full-length debut, Keep Your Heart, a year later. Much touring ensued in support, and though Cotterman had exited the group by the first days of 2007, the Loved Ones continued on with a replacement for a string of headlining dates through mid-March. When former tourmates the Explosion
broke up a few months later, Hause
and Sneeringer brought members Chris Gonzalez (bass) and David Walsh into the Loved Ones, and the band released Build & Burn in February of 2008. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi