Brain Candy

Hockey Dad - Brain Candy
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #585 / 756
User Score
Based on 14 ratings
Liked by 1 person
July 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Farmer & The Owl / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The first three songs were absolute trash but after that, it gets pretty good. The album has this summertime sound but it also dips its toes into noise rock. Its pretty derivative but the songwriting is decent

Favourite Tracks : Good Eye, Germaphobe, Keg
Least Favourite : In This State, I Missed Out, Milk In the Sun, Tell Me What You Want
Brain Candy is proof that Hockey Dad are getting better with each album - it is undeniable that the Wollongong duo are finding more confidence in their 90’s-influenced surf-punk sound, and with that confidence, begin to turn things up a notch. The album opens up with a one-two punch of the traditional Hockey Dad sound, leading off with the propulsive “In This State”, and followed up with lead single and FOMO anthem “I Missed Out”. “Germaphobe” features ... read more
The Australian rock duo releases their third album. Hockey Dad is known for their accessible and uplifting sound, combining elements of indie, garage rock and pop punk. This new record is no exception. It starts off with some energetic and catchy tracks with a pretty simple approach. Just some drums, power chords and boyish vocals. Simple but effective. Then the tone slightly changes on the songs “Itch” and “Heavy Assault”. They sound a bit more dramatic and moody than ... read more
It almost seems silly to come down hard on Hockey Dad. They’re impervious to dismissals that their music is too formulaic, too derivative, or too cliched. At the end of the day, they come across like two kids having unpretentious fun playing in a band, and to criticize them for this is to be an absolute stick in the mud. Their third album “Brain Candy” is largely unchanged from any previous Hockey Dad releases — a collection of 13 surf-poppy garage rock songs with sunny ... read more
A kind of generic alternative garage record, a couple good tracks but nothing super new and exciting for me in this one.
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Track List

  1. In This State
  2. I Missed Out
  3. Milk In the Sun
  4. Good Eye
  5. Germaphobe
  6. Itch
  7. Heavy Assault
  8. Nestle Down
  9. Tell Me What You Want
  10. Dole Brother
  11. Keg
  12. Reno
  13. Looking Forward To The Change
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Added on: February 18, 2020