The Chats are an Australian punk rock band from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, formed in 2016. The band is composed of guitarist Josh Price, drummer Matt Boggis, and bassist and vocalist Eamon Sandwith. Notable for their songs about Australian culture, they initially became viral for their song Smoko and its music video. To date they have released two EPs: The Chats (2016) and Get This in Ya (2017), with an upcoming studio album.
Josh Price, Matt Boggis and Eamon Sandwith met in music class at St. Theresa’s Catholic College in Noosa, Queensland. When they were 17, in September 2016, they formed The Chats, with Price on guitar, Boggis on drums, and Sandwidth on bass and vocals, respectively. Former member Tremayne McCarthy also played bass and guitar in the original lineup. The band takes its name from the phrase “that’s chat” – (Australian slang to describe something terrible) and Sydney suburb of Chatswood.
Their debut self-titled EP, recorded at their high school, was released on 7 November. Triple J described the EP as “seven joyous sky-punching tracks that combined 60s garage punk and 70s new wave punk”.
The band signed a global deal with Universal Music Publishing Australia on 19 March 2019, and founded their own label, Bargain Bin Records. On 21 March, The Chats released Pub Feed alongside an accompanying music video.
Throughout July, the band toured the United States. On 26 July, they released the single Identity Theft alongside an accompanying music video, which contains references to the video game Guitar Hero. The band performed at the UK Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2019. In October 2019, the Chats commenced an Australian national tour. In December 2019, the band will travel back to the UK to perform a headlining tour. When asked about their upcoming album during an interview at the Reading Festival, Sandwith revealed that the songs were already recorded: “We’re gonna call it done…we’re not perfectionists or anything.”.
Be sure to catch Earl Sweatshirt at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2020 on the following dates:
Auckland: Monday 27 January – Albert Park
Brisbane: Saturday 1 February – Brisbane Showgrounds (16+)
Sydney: Sunday 2 February – The Domain
Adelaide: Friday 7 February – Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide (16+)
Melbourne: Saturday 7 February – Footscray Park (16+)
Fremantle: Sunday 9 February – Esplanade Reserve and West End (16+)
Tickets from the official St Jerome’s Laneway Festival website…