Sometime in the early twenty-tens the moniker #dad that started being used to respond to celebrities in Twitter. It was an term of desire, affection and sometimes gentle mocking.
Along the way "Dads" became a term used to describe the members of The Station Breaks.
It gained wide usage at a Station Breaks concert broadcast on Stageit on 10th November, 2016, where the guys were making a lot of dad jokes. One fan in the room referred to them as "Dad & the Dads" and the joke carried right through the gig. Afterwards the band tweeted with the hashtag #dadandthedads.