Laying early claim to 2018 as their year, Australian rock favourites Hockey Dad have announced a national run of album tour dates and premiered their newest single ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’ overnight on Good Nights on triple j.
Visiting all capital cities this March with Boat Show and Dear Seattle in tow, the triple j presented tour will be the first time fans get to experience Hockey Dad’s anticipated second record Blend Inn live, after its release on Friday, February 9 on Farmer & The Owl via Inertia Music.
‘I Wanna Be Everybody’ emerges as the infectious and surprisingly vulnerable pop-rock song that Summer was missing. On the track, Hockey Dad navigate themes of social anxiety amid the charged riffs, ever-confident vocals and punk-styled drums for which they’ve become synonymous. The single joins lead track and instant favourite ‘Homely Feeling’ on Blend Inn, and is set to have band rooms across the country united in a chorus of “I wanna be everybody, everybody / I just can’t be everybody, everybody”.
Where their 2016 debut album Boronia celebrated the long days of summers past and the sublime naivety of youth, Blend Inn is Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming coming to us with more perspective after relentless touring took them far from the streets and waves of their hometown of Windang, NSW. 2017 saw them embark on sold-out national and regional tours, support Grinspoon for 25 dates, tour alongside Dune Rats and Wavves, and secure slots at Falls Festival Lorne and Splendour In The Grass. They toured New Zealand, Europe, the UK and most recently the US and Canada, showcasing at SXSW, headlining shows, and playing in iconic sold-out rooms in support of The Frights such as Bowery Ballroom in New York, Lincoln Hall in Chicago and The Observatory in LA. Totalling an impressive 107 performances across 2017, they wrapped up with a final headline show to a sold-out, 250 strong crowd at LA’s Bootleg Theatre.
Now, the two have returned to their piece of paradise which inspired the lyrics of ‘Homely Feeling’, recharged and ready to showcase the new material via their even-sharper live presence, before crossing the pond again in May for a headline show at The Lexington in London.
HOCKEY DAD BLEND INN ALBUM TOUR
Friday, March 2 | Badlands, Perth WA
Saturday, March 3 | The Gov, Adelaide SA
Friday, March 9 | The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Friday, March 16 | Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Saturday, March 17 | Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane QLD