Australian Punks The Chats Announce Debut Album ‘High Risk Behaviour’ Out March 27, 2020



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(Toronto, ON – January 16, 2020) – Australian punks The Chats announce their debut album High Risk Behaviour, out March 27 on Bargain Bin Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia, supported by Dine Alone Records in Canada. Pre-order the album HERE. Today, they release an eye-watering video for lead single “The Clap” which is both a cautionary tale and the closest you’ll ever hear The Chats get to writing a love song. Watch and share the video HERE, directed by Matt Weston and featuring the band. High Risk Behaviour buzzes like an out-of-control chainsaw, propelled by Eamon Sandwith’s spoken-spit-sung vocals, their three-chords-is-one-too-many approach, and an exacting combination of youth, vigor and drunkenness. It’s a perfect name for an album that does not f*ck around – one that’s over in 28 blistering, funny, sweaty, unforgettable minutes.

In support of High Risk Behaviour, The Chats will embark on a North American tour later this spring, followed by European and UK dates in the fall. Full routing below. All tickets are on sale Friday, January 24th at 10am local time [link?]. The Chats – made of Sandwith, Matt Boggis, and Josh Price – formed in 2016 while still in high school. Since then, they’ve released a self-titled EP in 2016 and 2017’s Get This In Ya EP, and have accrued a fanbase that includes Dave Grohl, Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Iggy Pop – the latter two who asked the band to open on their respective Australian tours. And despite being the subject of a record label bidding war, they’re releasing High Risk Behaviour on their own label, Bargain Bin Records. It’s indicative of a band that has embraced DIY culture since day one. Their determination to do things “our way” extends to their music, which is why High Risk Behaviour delivers everything you’ve come to love from The Chats – only more of it. “I just want people to have a good time,” says vocalist/bassist Eamon Sandwith. “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.”

To create High Risk Behaviour, the band worked with engineer Bill Gardner in his studio on the Australian coast. It took nearly 18 months to finish and several, quick-paced sessions. “If we’d just done a week and slogged it out we could have had an album before now but we just kept going in there and making newer and better songs so it’s hard to put a stop on it,” explains Sandwith. Its lyrics are drawn from everyday experiences; from paying attention to the kind of stuff so banal that the rest of us don’t even notice it. More information will be released as it becomes available.

High Risk Behaviour Tracklist:

1. Stinker
2. Drunk N Disorderly
3. The Clap
4. Identity Theft
5. Guns
6. Dine N Dash
7. Keep The Grubs Out
8. Pub Feed
9. Ross River
10. Heatstroke
11. Billy Backwash’s Day
12. 4573
13. Do What I Want
14. Better Than You

North American Tour Dates:

April 10 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 11 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
April 13 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
April 17 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 18 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
April 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
April 20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
April 22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 23 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
April 24 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock at House of Blues
April 26 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
April 28 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
April 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 30 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
May 2 – Charlotte, NC @ Epicenter Festival
May 3 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 6 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

European and UK Tour Dates:

Oct. 07 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg Max
Oct. 10 – France, Paris, Maroquinerie
Oct. 11 – Germany, Cologne, Gloria
Oct. 12 – Germany, Hamburg, Gruenspan
Oct. 13 – Germany, Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
Oct. 16 – UK, Southampton, 1865
Oct. 17 – UK, Nottingham, Rock City
Oct. 19 – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Oct. 20 – Belfast, Limelight
Oct. 22 – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Oct. 23 – UK, Manchester, 02 Academy
Oct. 24 – UK, Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Oct. 25 – UK, Leeds, Stylus
Oct. 26 – UK, Brighton, Dome
Oct. 27- UK, Bristol, O2 Academy
Oct. 28 – UK, London, Electric Brixton
Oct. 29 – UK, London, Electric Brixton

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