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Live Recap: ‘A Night Out With’ Aussie Surf Rockers Hockey Dad and HUNNY at Subterranean

Roughly 15,078 km away from their home of New South Wales Australia, Hockey Dad - comprised of duo Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming - made Subterranean feel like home with their catchy surf-rock tunes, with a set that included a stellar mix of hits off of their first two albums. Returning to the Windy City six months after their previous headlining show at Beat Kitchen, the show was twice as packed and twice as fun. The sold-out show was vibing off the band’s infectious energy, singing back lyrics and dancing to the tune of crowd favorites like “Danny,” “My Stride,” and “Sweet Release.” The duo’s set saw plenty of crowd surfers catapulting off the stage, giving the show a very punk and rowdy vibe.

The band was accompanied by post-punk, pop band HUNNY from California, whose melodious sound had the crowd jumping and the floor shaking. Hunny played a few new singles such as “Vowels (And the Importance of Being Me)” and the already beloved songs, such as “Natalie,” “Rebel Red,” and “July.” The highlight of the band’s set was when HUNNY is frontman Jason Yarger hung off the balcony rail over astonished and (only slightly) frightened fans below during the band’s last song. He made it down safely into the pit to finish off the set. Pllush ( with two ls and from San Francisco—as to not be confused from the other Plush band out there) opened up the show with their sweet shoegaze/groovy pop that was rife with heavy 90’s influenced bass lines. This being their first time in Chicago, the band was greeted with warmth from the crowd who couldn’t get enough of lead singer Karli’s sweet harmonies and vocals. The Father/Daugther records artist are absolutely on the rise and their last album Stranger to the Pain is worth a spin or two.

Listen to Hockey Dad here and visit their website for additional tour info, merch, and news.

Photos of Pllush, HUNNY, and Hockey Dad from 2.01.19

LIVE: Hockey Dad Kicks off Rowdy Night with The Frights at Lincoln Hall

Australian duo of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming (AKA Hockey Dad) packed a punch with their opening set at Lincoln Hall on Saturday night. Supporting Vundabar and The Frights, the pair exuded as much energy of a band twice their size, bringing the talent and banter to reel in the crowd. The crowd didn't let Hockey Dad's infectious levels of energy go unreciprocated; by the middle of the set people were stage diving and crowd surfing, despite the set being so early. Their 30 minute set included songs from their debut album, Boronia, as well as their new single "Homely Feeling." They closed out their show with the catchy single "So Tired," which had a large portion of the crowd singing along. The crowd surfing and sing alongs continued over into Vundabar and The Frights' sets that followed.

Although Saturday's performance was a rarity, since Hockey Dad seldom make it over to the states, they were so well received that they'd be welcomed back at any time. See the rest of Hockey Dad's North American tour here, and check out photos of their set below! 

While you wait for Hockey Dad to return, check out the video for their latest single below, and follow 'em on social media.

Hockey Dad: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram