The Chats are back and – despite all their international success – all they need is a good “Pub Feed”.
The latest single from the Sunshine Coast’s biggest export since The Crocodile Hunter (RIP) is an is an ode to spending the arvo at your sticky carpet local after a long day on the tools, nursing a coldie while waiting for the bistro to open because you’re hanging for a chicken schnitty with chips. Y’know. Relatable stuff.
The track premiered on triple j’s Home and Hosed on March 21 and the accompanying vid – unsurprisingly- has gone straight to rotation on Rage as this week’s Feature Video. Behold…
In 2016, Josh, Matt and Eamon got real bored and decided to form a band in their mate’s shed. After a couple of lazy jams, they quickly came up with a set of punk pub anthems for the ages. ‘Smoko’ came first: mayhem followed.
A corker of a single, ‘Smoko’ has been watched over 6.1 million times on YouTube alone. They were quickly recruited to tour with the Cosmic Psychos, playing over 40 dates with their drunken uncles and the godfathers of grunge. Not long after, Josh Homme personally invited them to open for Queens of the Stone Age after Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters sent him the ‘Smoko’ video. Iggy Pop’s a big fan, too. They’re touring together in April. Elsewhere, bands from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to Idles are name checking and covering these guys.
Life is strange.
Late last year The Chats announced their debut tour of the UK and, much to the band’s shock, the damn thing sold out in a day. Their agents scrambled to move all shows to larger venues and soon three kids from Queensland were playing sold out shows in infamous rooms such as the Electric Ballroom in London, Academy 2 in Manchester and Institute 2 in Birmingham. Not bad for a coupla 19 year olds who had never left the country.
On home turf, The Chats and that luscious mullet (Eamon trims the front, his mum takes care of the back) have been spotted on Laneway Festival, Stone Cutters Festival and Shakafest. Next on the books are sets at the Big Pineapple and Boogie Festival before they whip out their passports once more for a stint at Reading and Leeds.
The Chats are sitting on a ton of new material and ‘Pub Feed’ is just the start. With what feels like a thousand bloody gigs to their name, the boys’ eyes are set heavily on world domination: as long as the beer is cold and the pies are warm.