Vancouver indie record label Hockey Dad Records is celebrating a major milestone this year – they’ve been around for 10 years! That’s no small feat for an imprint that once deemed itself “Vancouver’s least ambitious record label.” The label will be celebrating their anniversary at Vancouver’s Railway Club on July 11, with sets from Freak Heat Waves, B-Lines, Woolworm, Defektors and Genderdog, along with new signees Cave Girl and Trashbait.
Hockey Dad is probably best known for launching the career of the mighty female-fronted maestros of punk angularity, White Lung. Originally founded as a launching pad for founder Ryan Dyck’s now-defunct band Fun 100, Hockey Dad soon expanded its roster to include Dyck’s friends and other members of the Vancouver punk community. For a self-described slacker label, Hockey Dad has made an indelible imprint on Vancouver’s punk scene due to a committed outlook and Dyck’s own impeccable taste – he only releases the stuff he likes.
The label’s latest release is Everything Seems Obvious by Woolworm – a gleaming fuzz-punk record with layers of grime gently overlaying its spangle. Dreamy harmonies and crunching guitars are the order of business here, and it’s right good. You can stream the entire album below and pre-order the album at Hockey Dad’s official web home here.