There’s nothing like the first note played by your favorite band at a concert. That opening bell that starts of the parade. At the Echo, the new kids in town, Hockey Dad, came from Wollongong, Australia and have a new album, Boronia, to play for the masses. The single guitarist, Zach Stephenson is backed by the wild-haired drummer Billy Fleming. These ‘wild stallions’ of Australia come prepared with sack punches for the crowd and encourage fun to the max with their killer punk-pop fuzz that can cause mass hysteria, if not handled properly. The boys came to L.A. to rip a hole in its ass and scoff away into the night like bandits. They made a promise to each other, at a young age as friends, to be the greatest rock band ever and they came to town to prove it. The night was ‘full steam ahead’ and the crowd was ready for a showdown.
The night began with San Diego’s indie psych-rockers The Gloomies. Lead singer, Andrew Craig’s psychedelic-rock sounds cut deep and were at times, well, gloomy. The outstanding track “LSD” was dark and moody with a catchy hook that fed off the energy of the mysterious and the unknown. The track was electronic buzz with glam-rock influences that drove it into a Trent Reznor rabbit hole. The following band came with something to prove as Athens, Georgia’s Muuy Biien took to the stage. The possible lovechild of Ian Curtis and Lou Reed behind the mic was lead vocalist, Josh Evans. Their punk sound was in your face and unapologetic. Evans jumped and kicked his energy out on the stage and showed the crowd a unique experience. Songs like “D.I.Y.” showed off how destructive guitar should be. The guitarist made the guitar squeal and cry as if being clubbed over the head, non-stop, over and over again.
With the crowd already feeling the urge to thrash around some more, Hockey Dad came to the stage ready for a fun time. As Stephenson excited the crowd with this flaring guitar and lyrical hooks, Fleming’s face was buried under his hair, which was buried atop the snare drum. The caveman beats caused the big kids in the room to push each other around the room looking to start a mosh pit. They found one and took advantage of the fast and catchy hooks on songs like “Babes” and “A Night Out With.” Stephenson added, “This is a new song,” Stephenson said. “We started filming the music video for it today just down the road. And we’re going to finish it night now.” Cameras rolled as the videographers roamed around the room looking for that perfect shot. The L.A. crowd will have to do their civic duty and tag themselves on it when it is released. The spontaneous eruption of fists and bodies continued as the moshing grew and grew. The deadly force of an over-charged guitar and thunderous drum kit made the most pit a sketchy pushing area and a ‘no man’s land’ of danger as Hockey Dad provided the soundtrack.
Hockey Dad had the secret formula that worked and the L.A. crowd agreed. Their next show in town will have to live to this one. God knows they’ll bring an ass-whomping the next time they do. “We’ve got the night off tomorrow so feel free to buy us more booze,” Stephenson mentioned to the crowd. Moments later, two lagers appear with a ‘Cheers’ from the duo. They finish their set off strong with “Seaweed” but are ordered back by the crowd for one more song. The boys eventually come back for the encore and kick a few more butts with the track “Beach House.” The band knows how to keep it at 11 and keep them wanting more. Hockey Dad is currently on tour promoting their latest release, Boronia.
Set List –
A Night Out With
Jump The Gun
Can’t Have Them
I Need A Woman