Surf Rock Duo Hockey Dad Brings The Australian Coast Stateside
Chatting about memes, night rituals, and their humble origins
Photo by Ian Laidlaw
For many, childhood friendships are just a distant memory of times gone by. But for Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, it's the very thing that gives their music its distinct appeal. Amidst a sea of unremarkable surf rock bands, the Australian duo stands out as Hockey Dad.
The band began gaining traction in 2014 with the release of their Dreamin' EP. Their music evokes a curious feeling which can be described as an anti-nostalgia of sorts, rejecting a longing for the past and instead celebrating youth as it is. Which is fitting, considering Hockey Dad is only just getting started.
Stephenson and Fleming are on the verge of releasing their debut album Boronia, a bright collection of ocean-inspired tracks. Out August 12, the album has already brought promising singles like the plucky "Jump the Gun," which declares "I don't wanna go home/ I'm having too much fun," and "I Need A Woman," a refreshing display of vulnerability.
We caught up with the self-deprecating rockers just in time for their U.S. tour dates, which include a stop at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, New York, on September 5. Stream Boronia courtesy of NPR, and find out why Hockey Dad is our latest band crush below.