It’s everything of what we expected.
The Chats’ debut album High Risk Behaviour is anything but chat (boomers look it up). The boys from the Sunny Coast have delivered yet again, with an album that one can only describe as the pinnacle of Australian culture.
The shed-rock album is strewn with relatability. From ‘Pub Feed’ to ‘Drunk and Disorderly’ to ‘Heatstroke’, each track is applicable to its Australian audience.
With each song clocking in under three minutes, High Risk Behaviour is a quickie but that’s its punk bedrock talking. It’s their utter brazenness that makes The Chats so appealing – they just make music their own way.
High Risk Behaviour is raw and unrelenting. In a time when ‘High Hopes’ by Panic! At The Disco can win Top Rock Song at the Billboard Music Awards, The Chats are a refreshing reminder of what rock should be.
This album makes me want to take up smoking; it wants you to steal from your local 7/11; it teases you to do something rash.
Don’t overthink High Risk Behaviour, that’s not what this album is about. Who is Billy Backwash? I don’t know. What’s Ross River? Couldn’t tell you. As Sandwith says of the album, “We just make songs for people to jump around and have fun to”.