Australian duo and Leisure Coast legends Hockey Dad are set to release their debut album Boronia on August 12th via Brooklyn indie label Kanine Records. Their story is simple: best mates first, band second, and their music flows from their surroundings: sunny and jangly guitar driven rock complete with anthemic choruses. Yet please do not mistake their laid back vibes for anything but tight execution and a drive to share their good times with the world.
Zach Stephenson (guitars/vocals) and Billy Fleming (drums) have been best friends since age 4. Living two doors down on Boronia Street in the small Australian coastal town of Windang, it was around 13 when they discovered Zach’s Dad’s old gear in his garage and about 15 when they started sneaking into local music venue RAD BAR and playing other bands’ instruments while they were not around. By 18, they were touring Australia under the name Hockey Dad, which was gleaned from a Simpsons episode. The duo brings an incredible energy and youth to their warm and jangly guitar tones, telling tales of beaches and babes.
The past year has seen the duo move from aspiring garage band to Australian indie pop stars. After releasing their debut EP Dreamin‘ on local Aussie label Farmer and the Owl,Hockey Dad won Triple J’s Unearthed Fall Festival Competition in 2014 gaining them national radio play and sold out shows across Australia. With headlining festival appearances in their hometown under their belt, in 2015 they headed stateside for CMJ where they met up with Brooklyn indie Kanine Records (Surfer Blood, Splashh, Beverly) and cemented a deal to release their debut album in the US.
Boronia is 11 tracks of pure unadulterated fun that comes straight out of the surf and skate culture surrounding them in their native Wollongong. “As a kid growing up, it was inevitable that we’d be picking up boards and hitting the waves, as we’re only a couple minutes walk away from the beach. The video for ‘I Need A Woman’ serves as a dedication to our childhood, just hanging around the beach and having sick fun.” But skating and surfing wasn’t enough to fill up their days, Billy grew up on his older brother’s stash of 90’s punk, while Zach grew up with his dad’s collection of Aussie Gold records. “It’s funny because one minute we’ll be throwing bones to Parkway Drive, and next thing we’re sobbing to Aretha Franklin.”
Their debut album Boronia is a testament of the good times that the boys have pouring out of them. And now they want to share those good times with the world.