The Chats: new video, debut album & tour dates


The Chats have announced their debut album, High Risk Behavior, on March 27 on Bargain Bin Records / Cooking Vinyl Australia. To mark this occasion, the band released a breathtaking new video for their new single The Clap, record it below on an empty stomach.

This is the closest you will ever hear that The Chats are going to write a love song (that is, unless you talk about their love of beer). A warning story about a gone wrong root (direct quote), and an STD that simply would not leave. The Clap has guitarist Pricey on vocal duties and comes from the upcoming album.


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The Chats have to thank the police for the title of their debut album, High Risk Behavior.

On their debut album, singer-bass player Eamon Sandwith says: “I don’t want to make the songs boring, so I just keep them short and powerful.” A reasonable point of the man whose mullet became an international discussion point after the success of Viral hit “Smoko” 2017. “We try not to think about it or make it too complicated. You do not want to force it or the number will become nonsense. Some songs were first-take and we had something like “That’s good, whatever”. We really are not perfectionists. “

Since they formed in their partner’s bong shed in 2016 while still in high school, that attitude has taken on The Chats – completed by guitarist Josh Price, who once wrote a song called How Many Do You Do? in which he boasted about 52 ‘dingers’ in one night – from the sleepy coastal town of Coolum (about two hours north of Brisbane) to locations around the world. Their fan base includes Dave Grohl, who was so fond of the video for Smoko that he showed it to Josh Homme, who then asked the trio to support Queens of the Stone Age during their Australian tour in 2018. Iggy Pop is also a card-carrying became a member of the fan club of The Chats and asked him to support him in Australia in early 2019 and to pepper them with questions like: “What is a smoko?” And “What is an arrow?”

The rest of 2019 was spent conquering the world, armed with nothing more than guitars, drums, shorts, shirts and flip flops (or, if it was a formal occasion, sandals and socks).

The end product is an album that buzzes like an uncontrolled chainsaw, propelled by Sandwith’s spoken-spit-sung vocals, their three-chord-is-too-much approach, and a demanding combination of youth, power, and drunkenness. But make no mistake about being stupid – if it was easy to make songs that were so short, catchy and downright brilliant, everyone would do it.

“I think it’s good songs,” says Sandwith. “And at the end of the day, if I like it, fuck it, what difference does it make if other people do it?”

Although they are the subject of a warfare record label, the Chats release risky behavior on their own label, Bargain Bin Records. It indicates a bond that embraced the DIY culture since day one, to the point where Sandwith spent his days at the post office sending merchandise orders. “We thought that if we just do it ourselves, we don’t have to worry about scams,” says Sandwith. “We have always done it our way.”

Their determination to do things “our way” also extends to their music, and therefore High Risk Behavior delivers everything you will love – only more – and confirms their status as the largest export ever in Queensland. “I just want people to have fun,” says Sandwith of the album. “I want them to dance around and drink a beer and enjoy it. We do not make songs that people can look at emotionally or intellectually. We just make songs for people to jump around and have fun. “

The album can already be reserved here.

Catch the chats on the following October dates:

October 2020
Fri 16 Southampton, 1865
Saturday, 17 Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Glasgow, Galvanizers
Free 23 Leeds, Stylus
Saturday 24 Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 London, Electric Brixton

Tickets available on the band’s website (available on January 24 at 10 a.m.)

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All words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.