For Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, the duo who make up Illawarra fuzz-pop band Hockey Dad, its been a good year, with national tours along with Bad/Dreems and DZ Deathrays. Named winners of Triple J’s Unearthed competition that offered them a spot on Byron Bay’s Falls Festival, culminated an amazing experiences and year of growth. The Wandering Lamb took some to time to have a Baa Baa Blaah with the laid back guys from Illawarra, talking touring, surfing and Yours & Owls.
For those unfamiliar with Hockey Dad, what is it that you makes you tick? What are you guys all about?
We’re all about having a good time, all the time. We like playing and making music and travelling around showing everyone. We also love surfing and skating. That’s pretty much about it.
Your debut album Boronia drops next month, tell us what you’ll be doing to celebrate the release?
Probably head down to Windang pub and chuck a pineapple through ‘Where’s The Gold?’.
We noticed that you’re participating in the Dry July challenge, obviously a cause that you believe in. What’s motivating you to give up the booze for a month?
My girlfriend said I have to ’cause I’m getting a beer belly. So that’s been good motivation. It’s really not as hard as we thought to give up the drink for a month and we are past halfway. Other good motivation techniques are thinking about that first frosty beer you’re gonna have on August 1st.
Your video for one of your new singles ‘So Tired’ is, interesting… Want to tell us about that?
That was a pretty fun video to shoot. We just got down to the beach and messed around for a few hours and got real dirty. I guess the video is what came out of that.
We’ve noticed that you guys have a bit of a love for surfing and the beach, and you’re certainly no strangers to touring, so where’s the best spot in Australia for a surf?
You can’t beat heading down to the south coast of NSW for less-crowded waves every winter. And like, Snapper aye it’s just a sick ride all the way down the magical point.
Speaking of touring, you just came back from a UK/Europe tour, and you’re about to jet off to the States. It must be a great feeling to know that people all over the world are digging your music, are you getting a good reception when you head overseas?
It’s still a weird feeling knowing that people on the other side of the world like your music and know who you are that’s for sure.
You guys have a lot of love for your hometown Wollongong, and they have a lot of love for you. It’s even got its own festival, ‘Yours and Owls’, that’s been running for a couple of years now. What is it about Wollongong that’s just so damn good?
It’s just so good because all of our mates live here and they’re all in awesome bands too. So every show feels like a party. Plus the surf is always pretty decent here which keeps us occupied.
Here at The Wandering Lamb we love to share the music that’s enticing our ears, what are you guys listening to at the moment?
Right now we’re digging The Murlocs, The Last Shadow Puppets, Twin Peaks, Horror My Friend