Off the back of releasing their brand new single “Itch” and album news for Brain Candy the duo today announce their own headline tour, supported by triple j. Joining them will be Last Dinosaurs, Vundabar (USA) and Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers. They’ll be kicking off the tour in Adelaide, then heading over to Fremantle, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. This tour will follow a mammoth run across the globe from the UK, Europe and the USA officially making this Hockey Dad’s biggest touring year ever!
Hockey Dad’s new single ‘Itch’, is out now, an epic fuzzed ballad, which started off as a delicate, droned out kind of feel. It grew in the studio as the band added more layers and has become a giant of a song that slowly builds to a massive finish with one of Zach Stephenson’s biggest vocals to date.
“It’s definitely the most non-Hockey Dad song we have ever recorded” shares Zach. “Itching is the worst feeling you could have sometimes. The idea comes from a person having someone under their skin and constantly invading their thoughts. But for some reason, can’t get enough of it. Can’t get enough of being controlled and held down. It’s kind of saying ‘come on in and keep me captive. I’m all yours’”
The music video is unlike any other Hockey Dad video you’ve seen before. Filmed in LA with their friend and director Laban Pheidias (Justin Bieber, Warpaint), it was an intense shoot with costume design, production and many actors which was all a first for the band.
“The make-up and wardrobe was probably the funnest but also the most uncomfortable part of the day. We were coated in thick body paint and face masks during the steamy LA day whilst skating. But it was worth it to creep people out who were walking by us.” Zach shares.
Hockey Dad’s highly anticipated third studio album, Brain Candy will be released on May 29 featuring both ‘Itch’ and ‘I Missed Out’. The thirteen track album was produced, engineered and mixed by John Goodmanson at Robert Lang Studios (Bikini Kill, Blonde Redhead, Death Cab for Cutie, Los Campesinos) and was mastered by Troy Glessner (Alice in Chains, The Blood Brothers, Foo Fighters).
Hockey Dad have had a huge start to 2020 and have just finished up Laneway Festival across the country and in New Zealand. Their recent single ‘I Missed Out’ scored a casual #60 in this year’s triple j’s Hottest 100 only weeks after being released.
In their few moments of downtime, the bushfire tragedy hit home for Hockey Dad. The duo put their heads together and decided to throw a massive show in their hometown bowlo in Windang which later had to be moved to the larger North Wollongong Hotel to cater for demand. The show, also featuring Tumbleweed, Odette and Pist Idiots, went on to raise a whopping $150,000 with the proceeds going to South Coast Bushfire Relief.