With fiercely saturated bittersweet arpeggios and a wound-tight, frenetic rhythm section, Australian two-piece Hockey Dad lean into a more mature sound on “I Missed Out”.
Hockey Dad's lead singer and guitarist Zach Stephenson’s vocals tear and sneer against the instrumentation in swiftly-paced lyrical phrases and soaring alt-rock melodies. Billy Fleming’s drums drive the track at an aggressive tilt with close and accomplished support from the bass.
Upbeat but wistful, “I Missed Out” is a compellingly rowdy yet visceral expression of, as Fleming puts it, “the passing of time and how we deal with it,” adding that the track “gives a nod to the people who spent their time the wrong way and have only realised now.” Though still aggravated, the lyrics are tinged with a growing sense of perspective. “I think getting older,” he explains, “I have come to see these situations as learning experiences.”
The two-piece garage rock outfit travelled to Seattle's Robert Lang Studios (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) to record “I Missed Out” with seasoned producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Wu-Tang Clan). With a sell-out headline show at London’s Scala and supporting DZ Deathrays on tour, Hockey Dad's new track serves as another potent demonstration that they're finding their place and their sound.