Written By | Spencer Halse
Indie-rock duo Hockey Dad touched down in Melbourne on Saturday to play two back-to-back headlining shows at The Forum Theatre.
The supporting act, Melbourne-based 5 piece band ‘Rat!Hammock’, got the (smaller than usual) crowd moving, proving themselves to be a highly talented group of musicians despite the quintet’s apparent nervousness being a relatively small band.
Being the way of the world at present, there were some visible changes to The Forum Theatre. These included QR code check-in, individual tickets for each section and ID’s checked before guests make their way inside to ease congestion. Before the pandemic, guests were able to access both the upper rise and dancefloor with the one General Admission ticket. Instead, they were given the option of which they wish to purchase in an effort to control the number of people in a given space.
Nevertheless, the Hockey Dad duo; drummer Billy Fleming and vocalist/guitarist Zach Stephenson; were greeted with roaring cheers as they made their entry onto the stage.
The diverse crowd was a testament to the extraordinary reach Hockey Dad’s music has among Australians, the crowd especially enjoying songs such as ‘I Missed Out’ and ‘In This State’. Blinding colored strobe lights and vertical beam bars flanked the stage, creating a vibrant and electric atmosphere which accentuated the energy of the music.
The album ‘Brain Candy’ reached a peak position of number 2 on the Australian music charts, capturing a wider audience and crowd for the band than ever before. Hockey Dad is a band to watch closely in the coming years, as their dedicated fan base eagerly awaits their next move.