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. Tickets to Blend Inn Album Tour will be available this Thursday, January 18 via hockeydadband.com.
‘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.
‘I Wanna Be Everybody’ will be available on all platforms this Friday, January 19. Blend Inn is available for pre-order now on all formats including limited edition coloured vinyl. Album tour tickets are on sale Thursday, January 18.
HOCKEY DAD BLEND INN ALBUM TOUR
presented by triple j With special guests Dear Seattle and Boat Show Tickets on sale Thursday, January 18 via www.hockeydadband.com
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