Premiere: Hockey Dad Turn Social Anxiety Into A Track You Can Dance To With ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’

Joseph Crackett

There’s a lot of good music that has been making its way from Australia to the United States recently, from the Smith Street Band to Camp Cope. It’s time to make room on the list for another: with their infectious and ambitious new album Blend Inn slated for release in early February, Australian duo Hockey Dad is, without a doubt, a band to watch.

Today, we’re happy to be premiering “I Wanna Be Everybody,” a loud, distorted spin on the surf-punk sound, anchored by an inescapable hook. Over a nearly four-minute span, the track discusses difficulties in social settings where everything seems to come naturally to everyone but you. Ironically, the track came pretty effortlessly to frontman Zach Stephenson after a few of these frustrating nights out.

“I just couldn’t understand people,” he said via email. “It’s about being a bit uncomfortable in scenarios where people just seem so relaxed and worry-free.” Lucky for us, Hockey Dad was able to manifest this discomfort into a song that’s easy to dance to, with heavy drums and guitars just loud enough to mask any reservations you might have. Check out “I Wanna Be Everybody” below.

Blend Inn is out 2/9 on Kanine Records. Pre-order it here.