Up and coming Australian punks The Chats have announced a release date for their debut album and shared an eye-watering video for their new single.

Australian punks The Chats. Pic: Luke Henery.

Formed in 2016 while they were still at high school, the three-piece from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, sing short, catchy songs about getting drunk, getting high and all sorts of other anti-social behaviour.

The band is composed of guitarist Josh Price, drummer Matt Boggis, and bassist and vocalist Eamon Sandwith. 

They went viral in 2017 with their song Smoko and its music video, Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl loved it so much he showed it to Josh Homme, who asked the trio to support Queens Of The Stone Age on their 2018 Australian tour. Iggy Pop did the same on his tour Down Under last year.

The band have been building a growing following over the course of two EPs and a string of singles, and now they have announced they will release debut album High Risk Behaviour on March 27 on Bargain Bin Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia.

The band have released an eye-watering video for their new single The Clap – a cautionary tale about the unwanted consequences of a sexual encounter.

The Chats have the police to thank for the title of their debut album.  They keep giving drummer Matt Boggis tickets citing ‘high risk behaviour’ for skating in places he shouldn’t.

It’s an album inspired by Aussie greats Cosmic Psychos and The Saints and the UK’s very own pop-punk greats, Buzzcocks, with 14 songs in 28 minutes.

Singer-bassist Eamon Sandwith says: “I don’t want to make the songs boring, so I just keep them short and sweet. We try not to think about it or complicate it too much. You don’t want to force it or the song’s going to turn out crap.”
2019 was spent taking the world by storm, with shows across Australia and the UK sold out, and they performed their first gigs in America (the LA show was attended by Homme, Grohl and Arctic Monkeys’ frontman Alex Turner). The band capped off the year with a return visit to Britain, selling out venues such as London’s 2,300-capacity 02 Forum.

The Chats’ approach is an exciting mix of youth, vigour and drunkenness. But don’t mistake simple for stupid – if it was easy to make songs this short, this catchy and this downright brilliant, everyone would be doing it.
“I think they’re good songs,” says Sandwith. “And at the end of the day, if I like it then fuck it, who cares if other people do?”
“I just want people to have a good time. I want them to dance around and have a beer and enjoy it. We don’t make songs for people to look at in a fucking emotional or intellectual way. We just make songs for people to jump around and have fun to.”

The Chats’ famous fans include Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Iggy Pop.

You can catch The Chats on the following UK dates in October.

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct  – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct  – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets go on sale at 10am on January 24 HERE.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner