Aussie surf- rockers Hockey Dad have been bringing us plenty of catchy cuts over the years, and it turns out there’s a very interesting story behind their latest single involving You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.
Their latest cut is titled ‘In This State’ and it’s lifted from the NSW act’s forthcoming third album Brain Candy.
Hockey Dad has now revealed it was the first tune completed when they began work on the record, back in 2018, and came together when they were rehearsing to perform a You Am I song alongside legendary Aussie rocker, Tim Rogers.
“We came up with most of it the weekend of Splendour in the Grass,” said the band’s Zach Stephenson, who then explained that Rogers heard them jamming on the opening guitar parts for ‘In This State’.
“Tim seemed to like them, which got us even more excited to finish it and start playing it live.”
A ringing endorsement if ever there was one!
“To me, it always felt like an album opener,” Stephenson continued. “The initial energy it brings sets a great pace for the rest of the album. It’s definitely one of the most energetic songs in the live set for sure.”
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‘In This State’ follows the releases of ‘Itch’ and ‘I Missed Out’, each set to feature on the band’s follow-up to 2018’s Blend Inn. The record is being produced by John Goodmanson, who’s previously worked with Death Cab For Cutie and Sleater-Kinney.
Stephenson says it will be a more reflective record from Hockey Dad than we’ve previously heard. “I think getting older, I have come to see these situations as learning experiences—using these songs to understand my surroundings and lessons I’ve been given.”
Brain Candy will be released on July 31 through Farmer & The Owl/BMG.
Check out ‘In This State’ by Hockey Dad:
Earlier this year Hockey Dad was one of many Aussie acts to organise a bushfire benefit concert, with the Windang hailing lads throwing a bash in Wollongong after revealing the fires affected some of their family and closest friends.