Photo by Ian Laidlaw
CMJ Music Marathon looks like it won’t be returning this year, which means Hockey Dad got in right under the wire. The Australian duo rode a wave of local success into New York City last year, where their standout set caught the ear of Brooklyn-based Kanine Records. Impressed with the sunny beach rock sound, the label signed the band to a deal and are now set to release their debut full-length, Boronia, on August 12th.
It’s easy to see the appeal of Hockey Dad’s laid back, coastal garage rock with singles like “So Tired” and the newly revealed “Jump the Gun”. The latter tune wheels along jangly guitars that are distorted just enough to be comforting, like that slightly dazed feeling that comes with hours joyously soaking up sun and partying in the sand. In fact, that’s just what the echoey gang chorus seems to imply: “I don’t wanna go home/ I’m having too much fun/ I don’t wanna go home/ So leave me alone.”
“This was written in my room while staring at my Endless Summer II poster, one of our favourite surf movies of all time,” drummer Billy Fleming tells Consequence of Sound about “Jump the Gun”. “The lyrics spiralled off the line ‘On any day of the year, it’s summer somewhere in the world.’ We found the demo from when we first started the band and thought we’d bring it back to life for the album.”
Check it out below.