The Chats, Mean Jeans, The Prize @ Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide 23/9/2022

Even before doors opened at Hindley Street Music Hall the line went down and wrapped around the corner on to Morphett Street in anticipation of this hot triple bill featuring likeable larrikins The Chats, Oregon based punk rock band Mean Jeans and Melbourne based up and comers The Prize. It has been a massive year for The Chats which looks set to continue with the recent release of their second album Get Fucked.

First up was Melbourne band The Prize, keep an eye out on this band as there is quite the buzz with their brand of 70s/ early 80s guitar based power pop. With lead vocals primarily shared between drummer Nadine Muller and guitarist Carey Paterson, the five-piece is rounded out with Joseph Imfeld on guitar, Austin Haire on guitar and Jack Kong on bass. They played some cracking tunes including the likes of Easy Way Out and Wrong Side Of Town.

The Mean Jeans rule! They played it loud and went full tilt for forty-five minutes. Heavily influenced by The Ramones they have some killer tunes in the armoury kicking off with Croozin’ and Party Line. After Born On A Saturday Night and Nite Vision front man Billy Jeans said that apart from rock that they like to do corporate jingles. Their album Jingles Collection is a classic with Sizzler and Totinos featuring in the set followed by a blatant plug for a frozen pizza contract. Coors Light was on the set list a bit later on prompting a few boos suggesting Coors Light is better than West End Draft. Smashing Pumpkins cover Today was tops. There were plenty more fun time tunes with I Fell In To A Bog, Is Anyone Out There? and finishing on Lets Pogo B4 U Gogo.

The crowd was getting restless and right throughout the whole night the slam dancing, circle pit and moshing was relentless and arguably out of control for the most part proving to be a challenge for security to manage. They were chanting for The Chats as they took to the stage with the band asking the crowd to look after each other and “don’t be a c***”. The floor was whipped up in to a frenzy as bodies smashed in to each other to opener Nambored. The frenetic pace continued in Billy Backwash’s Day and Dead On Site. The set list was epic with thirty six songs packed full of Aussie idioms that have become part of the vernacular of a younger generation.

Mum Stole My Darts was described as their oldest and worst song they had ever written. CCTV, 6L GTR, Ross River, Stinker and Drunk n Disorderly kept the crowd moshing and slamming in to each other. For the poor buggers who had to catch public transport Bus Money was dedicated to them which led to a broader discussion about pints versus schooners. The Screaming Jets Better was an awesome surprise which was dedicated to The Prize who did their last show of this tour. AC/DC CD was killer and I’ve Been Drunk In Every Pub In Brisbane was described as 100% truthful and not tongue in cheek.

Like a freight train at full speed they ploughed through Temperature, Identity Theft and The Wiggles cover Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?) which dedicated the parents and partners dragged along to the show. The crowd really didn’t need any more encouragement but they went nuts on Smoko. Up on the balcony it was exhausting watching the crowd go hard right to the end. Plenty more killer songs to finish their set with Out On The Street, Emperor of The Beach (awesome song), Metallica rip off according Eamon Jetlighter, Better Than You, Getting Better which was dedicated to Dave Gleeson ending on the infamous Pub Feed. Leaving nothing on the table The Chats returned for a one song encore dedicated to the SA Chapter of the Kiss Army playing the crowd rousing Rock and Roll All Nite. Great show, catch The Chats with Guns n Roses in November.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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