Wed Apr 22 2020

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)


2011 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60647


Ages 17+

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Kickstand Productions Presents
Hockey Dad, The Red Pears, Gymshorts

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  • Hockey Dad

    Hockey Dad

    Indie Rock

    Best mates first, bandmates second – the heart of Hockey Dad has always existed in
    the friendship between duo Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, who first met in early
    childhood, growing up two doors apart in the unassuming, laid back Australian coastal
    town of Windang, New South Wales. The foundations for the band began in early 2013,
    when an underage Fleming and Stephenson would sneak into their local live music
    haunt to catch their favorite bands. Eventually they were granted regular slots playing to
    an ever-growing crew of enthusiastic friends turned fans and released their Dreamin’ EP
    on local Wollongong indie label Farmer & The Owl in 2014.
    Now, the duo are on the verge of releasing their highly-anticipated second album Blend
    Inn, the follow up to 2016’s debut Boronia. Where Boronia celebrated the long days of
    summers past, of mates, the ocean and the sublime naivety of youth, Blend Inn is
    Fleming and Stephenson coming to us with more perspective following a year of
    relentless touring which took them far from the streets and waves of their hometown.
    The growth that Hockey Dad have experienced over the past 18 months has been no
    accident. The fast-paced, punk style of Billy’s drums is executed in perfect synchronicity
    with Zach’s jangly guitar, anthemic choruses and ever confident vocals to give life to
    their unmistakable and infectious brand of rock-pop. After Boronia‘s release, the duo
    embarked on sold out tours across Australia and toured extensively through North
    America, including showcases at SXSW and a Canadian tour with Dune Rats. 2017
    took them to the UK, Europe, and further across Australia, including more shows
    alongside Dune Rats and Wavves in some of the country’s biggest venues – a world
    away from the 70 cap band room where Hockey Dad first cut their teeth.
    Landing in Seattle, the recording of Blend Inn began with renowned audio engineer and
    producer John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Cloud Nothings) at Robert
    Lang Studios. The studios, supposedly haunted, echo with their iconic past, having
    housed many of rock’s legends over its time, including the Foo Fighters, Soundgarden,
    Death Cab For Cutie, Alice In Chains, and most notably, Nirvana, who recorded their
    last song there – the mic used in Kurt Cobain’s final studio track still hangs in tribute.
    Here, Hockey Dad found a home away from home.
    Where Boronia spoke of a physical place, named for home, Blend Inn refers to
    somewhere more introspective. “Blend Inn is the part of your head that you want to go
    to when you’re overseas and wishing you were back home, it’s within,” says Fleming.
    “We’re always just trying to be comfortable and semi blending in, so it’s the name we
    gave to that place you zone out to.” The album is Hockey Dad’s boldest output to date,
    a natural progression for Fleming and Stephenson as they face the tribulations of young
    adulthood, a theme reflected across the record.
    Blend Inn holds onto the charm and energy of youth which won hearts originally – the
    playfulness, the edge, that quintessential Hockey Dad surf rock sound – but it comes to
    us from two people with an expanded mindset. “We’re still kids,” reflects Fleming. “But
    we’re just a little bit more… experienced.”

  • The Red Pears

    The Red Pears

    Alternative Rock

  • Gymshorts


    Rock & Roll

Kickstand Productions Presents

Hockey Dad, The Red Pears, Gymshorts

Wed Apr 22 2020 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Subterranean Chicago IL
Hockey Dad, The Red Pears, Gymshorts
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$17.00 Ages 17+