Graham Reid | | 2 min read
Australian surf-rockers Hockey Dad (out of Windang, if you have a map) are childhood friends Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming who have really made a mark.
Their second album Blend Inn was recorded in Seattle with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie, Bikini Kill) and the first dates on their current NZ tour sold out (other dates below).
And after New Zealand they are straight off to the States for a two-month tour before hitting Britain and Europe.
Bringing a blend of post-grunge angst-pop and brittle rock'n'roll, they deliver crisp and crackling punked-up songs which are economic and urgent.
A band worth catching and so with New Zealand gigs ahead it is time to flick a questiuonnaire at singer/guitarist Zach Stephenson . . .
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
The Living End - Prisoner Of Society
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Chris Cheney, Alex Turner and Jack Johnson lol
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Jagger, Nirvana, Gaga, Jacko
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
The Garden - Make A Wish
Rolling Stones - No Expectations
Waax - Same Same
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home...
Turns out I had a 1960's Ludwig kit laying in the corner of my shed.
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Paul Kelly - How to Make Gravy
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be?
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include...)
The Garden - Mirror Might Steal Your Charm
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
Ed Sheeran - A Team
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Metallica - Ride The Lightning
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where and doing what?
Spend them at home surfing and eating.
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Well it's not our worst album ever.
HOCKEY DAD NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Auckland - Wednesday April 4 - Whammy! Bar - SOLD OUT!
with Good Boy and Miss June
Wellington - Thursday April 5 - Meow
with Good Boy and Scared of Girls
Tauranga - Friday April 6 - Totara Street
with Good Boy, Joe's Van, and Spoonfed
Raglan - Saturday April 7 - Yot Club
with Good Boy, Miss June and Shaun's Bday