Currently touring the Australian east coast, surf rock duo Hockey Dad graced Gold Coast’s Elsewhere with one incredible show. The boys were supported by Byron Bay locals, PILOTS and Brisbanites Bugs, but with the obvious buzz from the crowd these bands are NO support acts.
First up was Bugs, fronted by coast bred singer Connor Brooker, delivering his unique song writing and Aussie twang. They set the tone for the evening and already the crowd wanted more. Near after were the PILOTS, currently making waves through the indie rock scene. Lead singer Kit Bray’s incredibly unique voice echoed through the room as the crowd swayed together, Kit urging the crowd to get as close as they possibly could. Once they began to play Coast to Coast the crowd was hypnotised, singing a long and thrashing out those killer dance moves. I have no doubt these boys will be playing to thousands one day.
At about 10.45 Hockey Dad took to the stage. Never have I witnessed such an incredible atmosphere at Elsewhere. Zach on vocals, Billy on drums, the two piece band sounded like five as they hit the stage strong.
As the boys played Babes of their Dreamin EP the crowd broke into a mosh, bodies bombarding the stage. Stopping between songs, the boys appeared down to earth as they talked surfing and breaking Kit Bray’s board. Wrapping things up, an encore was demanded; Billy’s shirt came off and the crowd went ballistic as Hockey Dad covered Matt Demarko – Together with their own twist. The audience became a nothing but a blurred sea of long locks, thrashing back and forth.
After getting the opportunity to speak with Zach’s dad, he informed me Zach wanted to be a primary school teacher. Well I’m sorry to the kids who lost out but I am incredibly glad Zach went in this direction because the world NEEDS Hockey Dad.
Make sure to check out Hockey Dad’s latest single Can’t Have them.