Hockey Dad Brain Candy album coverEntrenched in a rich lineage of savage Australian rock thrashers and hopeful burnouts, Hockey Dad’s immediate ascent has been marked with track after track of riffage-backed ennui and Brain Candy only exhibits it at its absolute best.

Every song here builds on the band’s strongest elements: careening sing-alongs, introspective stompers, and a sense that though this may all come crashing down at any minute, maybe we’ll get through this together. With a major international tour put on hold given the current circumstances, Brain Candy is a stellar recreation of Hockey Dad large and in charge.

(Nathan Williams)

Brain Candy by Hockey Dad is out July 31 via Fat Possum/Inertia.

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