Hockey Dad
Blend Inn


3.0
good

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (110 Reviews)
February 12th, 2018 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bland Inn

Cocky and savvy is not how one would describe Hockey Dad prior to this album’s release. But somehow the band managed to up their game, although not in any major instrumental or song-writing way. This album lands much better than the band’s first probably accidentally, if that makes sense. Everything on here sounds bolder and more outlandish, even though nothing much has changed, except for a noticeable lack of abhorrent background clapping and those awkward “woo-hoo” chants indie bands still keep on using.

From the opening vibrant guitar chords of “My Stride” and a certain boast-like quality in vocals it is obvious that this will be a slightly relaxed experience. Relaxed, that is, in the technical way. You shouldn’t expect any real instrumental and production challenges from it, neither any particular depth in lyrics or range in vocals. It is rather an acrimonious, but simultaneously a vividly carefree experience.

It is quite hard to pin down what result exactly did the band aim for, whether simple catchiness that stays with the listener for a while, or a musically conservative grower, whose goal is to enthral the listener and leave a certain impression, not just a mere feeling of entertainment. However, neither probable goals seem to be accomplished. The songs rarely have any real tuneful merit and the whole album’s structure, lyricism and the simplistic execution resembles nothing more than a throwaway indie record with some grainy surf production elements. Occasional decent tune like “Homely Feeling”, “Join the Club” or “Running Out” does spice things up a bit, but in the end the experience hardly surpasses the point of anyone’s interest.

A mixed bag, as far as mixed bags go. I do commend the band for leaving the washed out brattish demeanour of their previous record behind and I wish them progress in pursuing an actually cohesive and persistently striking record. So far, all we’ve had is a jingles collection and a disorganised semi-thought-out good-timer-wannabe. But I do believe they’ll get it at some point.



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Papa Universe
February 12th 2018


16639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stream: https://hockeydad.bandcamp.com/album/blend-inn



Also fuck the time zones.

Digging: VRCVS - VRCVS

zakalwe
February 12th 2018


25488 Comments


Imagine living in that gaff getting to the bedroom and realising you’d left something in the car. Fuck them stairs for a laugh.

tacos n stuff
February 12th 2018


3137 Comments


may check this, i dug boronia

schoonda
February 12th 2018


1336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

decent little record, I Want To Be Everybody is a very solid cut. Album rating is probably right, nice review man

ianblxdsoe
February 12th 2018


1890 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

POSkey dad



i think i’m like supposed to check this solely obligated on how garbage their band name is

Digging: Denzel Curry - TA13OO

CaimanJesus
February 12th 2018


3721 Comments


Band name is great

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schoonda
February 12th 2018


1336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah it's definitely not bad

schoonda
February 12th 2018


1336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely a couple of duds in here

Drifter
February 13th 2018


13447 Comments


Hey dad

TheSpaceMan
February 13th 2018


11387 Comments


"Imagine living in that gaff getting to the bedroom and realising you’d left something in the car. Fuck them stairs for a laugh"

lol

Papa Universe
February 13th 2018


16639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3.0 good ian b. | February 13th 18

3.0 good schoonda | February 12th 18

3.0 good former sputnik's home post-punk maester | February 12th 18

3.0 good TwigTW | February 10th 18





It's like the album was built to be perfectly unremarkable.

DoofusWainwright
February 13th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gonna 3 without listening - fuck Hockey Dad in all honesty

ianblxdsoe
February 13th 2018


1890 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lmao it feels like the same song the entire time

DoofusWainwright
February 13th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you call yourselves Hockey Dad you need to be damn sure you don't drop a...hokey dud

DoofusWainwright
February 13th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One song in



Puck this pops

Papa Universe
February 13th 2018


16639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

or a... honky dread

CaimanJesus
February 13th 2018


3721 Comments


This Is actually a one man project by Karl Subban

Drifter
February 13th 2018


13447 Comments


Who that

CaimanJesus
February 13th 2018


3721 Comments


A hockey dad

Drifter
February 13th 2018


13447 Comments


like you HA



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