Change of pace for second album
The second album from surf rock band Hockey Dad may have fallen astray from the duo’s renowned sunny vibes branding, but has certainly not fallen short on delivering laid-back attitudes even at its most raucous.
While there’s no denying the stirring lyricisms in this 12-track album, Blend Inn, branch away from their previous work, its matured melodies still make for easy listening.
Childhood friends, guitarist and vocalist Zach Stephenson and drummer Billy Fleming parlayed their jangly guitars, fast tempos and driving pop melodies to create a memorable sound progression of sophisticated beach rock sounds.
Hockey Dad broods over their past year, undeniably touching on the duo’s mentality through a period of exhaustion and at times frustration.
Creating a succession of authentic tracks including I Wanna Be Everybody, which speaks of social anxiety in the face of their rising fame, and Join the Club, describing their difÅculty living up to expectations.
Eggshell, Danny and Whatever — all with a same slow-paced feel, again unseen from Hockey Dad — are excellently dispensed through the album to break between those fast-paced tracks.
Billy Fleming also makes his vocal debut in Sweet Release, realising a raw punk sound to accompany Zach on chorus.
Formed in 2013 in the coastal town of Winding, NSW, Hockey Dad Årst emerged with the Åve-song Dreamin EP.
Now Ånding their groove and an ever growing following, they have found huge success with single Homely Feeling voted into Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2017 at number 54 and Blend Inn ranked number six on the ARIA album charts.
So don’t be worried you’ll be drowned out in a steep gloom, because you’ll still be rocking hard to their catchy tunes.