Change of pace for se­cond al­bum

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND - By Abbey Flana­gan

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.

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