Currently touring the Australian east coast, surf rock duo Hockey Dad graced Elsewhere on Gold Coast with one incredible show. The boys were supported by Byron Bay locals, PILOTS and Brisbane band Bugs, but with the obvious buzz of the crowd these bands are NO support acts.
First up was Bugs, fronted by coastal bred singer song writer Connor Brooker, delivering his unique song writing with that Aussie twang. Bugs set the tone for the evening and already the crowd wanted more. Near after were PILOTS -- now these boys have been 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 along and thrashing out those killer dance moves. I have no doubt these boys will be playing to thousands one day.
At about 10.45pm, 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 discussed surfing and breaking Kit Bray’s surfboard. Wrapping it up, the crowd called for an encore, Billy’s shirt came off and the crowd went ballistic as Hockey Dad covered Mac DeMarco's 'Together' with their own twist. The audience became 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 the young Hockey Dad wanted to be a primary school teacher. I’m sorry to the kid’s who missed out but I am incredibly glad Zach went in this direction because the world needs Hockey Dad.
By Jariah Travan