With their second album due to drop on the 9th February, Hockey Dad hav unleash new single, I Wanna Be Everybody, via Manchester Indie label LAB Records.
Lead singer and guitarist Zac Stephenson said “It’s about being a bit uncomfortable in scenarios where people just seem so relaxed and worry-free.” This self-reflective take on the issue of feeling anxious in social situations where everyone else seems to be totally at ease is paradoxically wrapped up in trademark scruffy, sunny riffs.
The band itself has risen in true underdog fashion from sneaking in underage into their local dive venue to catch their favourite bands to getting their own regular slots.Their following quickly grew from releasing a debut EP Dreamin’ in 2014, then 2016’s acclaimed debut album Boronia. The 18 months since their first albums release the Aussie duo haves toured extensively through Australia, before heading out to North America to take in SXSW, jump on a Canadian tour with Dune Rats, play shows in the UK and Europe before finally joining the Wavves in some of their home country’s biggest venues.
Even their most recent tour through Australia is almost completely sold out and they are all set to play at Mountain Sounds festival shortly after their new albums release before a quick hop skip and jump across the other side of the world to play in Leeds and London in May!
“We’re still kids,” reflects drummer, guitarist and vox Fleming “But we’re just a little bit more… tinged”
The recording of Blend Inn began with renowned audio engineer and producer John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Cloud Nothings) at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. The studios, supposedly haunted, echo with their iconic past – housing many of rock’s legends over its time, The Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Death Cab For Cutie, Alice In Chains, for example, but most notably Nirvana, who recorded their last single inside – the mic used by Kurt Cobain still hanging in tribute. Here, Hockey Dad found a home away from home – immortalising their time in the album artwork, which depicts the house in a film photo captured by Fleming.
The single I Wanna Be Everybody is out from January 19th, and LP Blend Inn will be out on 9th February via LAB Records. Pre-order by clicking on this link: HACKEY DAD
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