Windang lords Hockey Dad have completed another couple of laps around the world on the back of debut album Boronia, and returned with Blend Inn, their mature and highly infectious second album.
Opening track My Stride is a resounding example of their assured progression as a band, with singer/guitarist Zach Stephenson’s ripened vocals realising the potential they showed in previous releases. There are some slower moments on the 12-track effort, via the jangling Danny and the solemn Whatever, while the surf-punk energy on Stalker and Disappoint Me take things back to a more familiar level from the childhood best friends.
Lyrically, the pair deal with missing home from the road (Homely Feeling), self-deprecating vicariousness (I Wanna Be Everybody) and social pressures (Join The Club). Surprisingly, drummer Billy Fleming makes his vocal debut on penultimate track Sweet Release – his Aussie twang the audible equivalent of watching Russell Coight munch down on a cheesymite scroll.
Blend Inn is out Feb 9 via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
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