A sold out nation wide tour, rad local support acts and a recent stint on Triple J’s Like A Version that KILLED it, it’s fair to say that Hockey Dad’s gig at Jive was sure to be a hit before it even began.
With gig-goers flooding the venue well before the first support act had even taken the stage, the night promised to be one filled with enthusiasm, good times and awesome music. We can assure you that the crowds, support acts and most importantly Hockey Dad delivered this promise.
Kicking off the night with Adelaide band Stork, the boys reeled in the crowds quickly thanks to their Aussieisms and simultaneously relaxed but keen energy. The band played a string of tracks to get the crowd going, one of which was aptly named Sick Beats. Other songs such as Holiday, Jack Russell and Egyptian Cat made it clear why the first supporting act had such a quality turn out. The band quite literally got amongst it with the guitarist and bassists taking to the crowd to drop the final solo making for an awesome energy from a crowd that was already electric.
Next up, and faced with the task to keep the already good vibes flowing were another lot of locals, Horror My Friend. Clearly on board with keeping the shenanigans a plenty, the guys came on loud and strong and the already hyped crowd responded with equal energy. The healthy crowd presence only increased as the boys played tracks from their latest album, Stay In, Do Nothing. A main act in their own right, be sure to catch them when they tour with Columbus in November.
After a killer combination of supports and with crowd excitement only increasing, it was finally time for Hockey Dad to take to the stage. The ground floor packed out from stage to bar, fans flocked to the balcony. Chanting a plenty with the set featuring not just one, but a double shoey, the gig was about as Aussie as it gets. Jive provided the perfect venue with the relatively large crowd getting intimate and up close with the band.
The duo kept fans happy, playing a string of hits from their album Boronia as well as their recent cover of Malibu by Holes from their earlier stint on Like A Version. Closing the gig with Seaweed, punters demanded more and convinced the boys back for an encore with Beach House. Energy peaking and crowd surfing at an all time high, a night of madness, laughs and good tunes came to a close with Zach and Billy partaking in a good ol’ stage dive themselves.
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Photos via Wade Whitington.