As Windang duo Hockey Dad’s second album, Blend Inn steps up. It retains the classic Hockey Dad sound so many fell in love with on Boronia. But lyrically they’ve matured.
There can be little doubt that leading single ‘Homely Feeling’ has kicked things up a notch for the pair. The track landed them #54 in triple j’s Hottest 100. Along with upbeat follow-up ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’, ‘Homley’ they’ve establishes a well-deserved buzz for their second album.
Blend starts with Zach’s distinct guitar tone. Built upon a moving chord progression, ‘The Stride’ it plays out like a perfect opener before ‘Homely Feeling’ and ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’ kick things fully into gear. This album is full of surprises. The duo slows right down with the emotional ‘Danny’. The jazzy chords and swung percussion on ‘Whatever’ is another left-of-center moment. Drummer Billy even gets to showcase his vocals on ‘Sweet Release’.
The two return to a more familiar sound with ‘Join The Club’, ‘Disappoint Me’, ‘Running Out’ and ‘Stalker’. All four pack a quick pace and catchy chorus. The slow outro jam of ‘Eggshells’ concludes the album in style. It demonstrates the tight musical connection between Zach and Billy.
Blend Inn is the perfect embodiment of modern Australian rock. The pair have created an exceptional album packed with memorable hooks and endlessly catchy choruses. This band has improved drastically in terms of songwriting, musicianship and an overall ability to progress themselves. Hockey Dad are set to dominate 2018.
Words by Chris Kafritsas