While we’re currently experiencing a wet winter in Australia, the duo from Hockey Dad have just endured their driest month on record. The band partook in something that most people in the music industry wouldn’t dare – they signed up to Dry July and sobered up, all in the name of raising money for cancer.
“We’ve never really had a month off booze since we were 17 or something like that," says singer/guitarist Zach Stephenson. “I just wanted to see if I could do it… Put myself through a little bit of a cleanse I guess.”
By giving up alcohol for a month, the surf-rockers have helped raise close to $400 towards the Dry July Foundation, a charity that supports those affected by cancer.
While raising money for cancer is a feel-good thing to do – unlike other events including Movember – Dry July involves a lifestyle change, that is easier said than done. As a band, part of the job is drinking, however Zach says July has been the best possible time for them to lay off the beers. “It’s been good because we haven’t had many shows, I think that’s why we chose to do it this month because we didn’t really have much on… And it was easier to not drink,” he laughs.
“It definitely would’ve been harder if we were on tour or something like that.”
Speaking of tours Hockey Dad are getting ready to do just that with the release of their debut album, Boronia this August. After a stint in ‘Merica, the boys will be back in Oz for a tour that is sure to be far from alcohol-free.
Most of all the band are looking forward to shredding at Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong alongside DMA’s, Ball Park Music, Skeggs and Adelaide’s own The Hard Aches.
“It’s a good festival, and definitely a good line-up,” Zach says about his hometown festival. “I’m looking forward to playing it, it will be good to play Wollongong again, because we haven’t played [there] in like a year or something… It’ll be nice!”
Both Zach and drummer Billy Fleming are pumped to finally share Boronia with fans who are eager to hear their first full-length album.
“I’m excited and I’m definitely anxious… I’m just looking forward to people actually being able to buy it. I can’t wait for it to be out, so I can kind of forget about it and focus on other things.”
Hockey Dad's debut album, Boronia is out August 12 and you can catch the band on the 7th of October at Jive with special guests Horror My Friend.
Tix on sale here.