Right after taking part in a few of displays in Australia’s Northern Territory, The Chats landed back again at the Brisbane airport. As they ended up using their gear to the motor vehicle, bassist and lead singer Eamon Sandwith noticed a parked automobile with the license plate variety 6L GTR.
“We imagined it was such a hilarious plate amount, we just had to generate a tune about this dude’s car,” says Sandwith. The ensuing song, “6L GTR,” was composed together with drummer Matt Boggis and guitarist Josh Hardy.
The music was motivated by a concern Sandwith experienced about the car’s driver: “When he’s fangin’ it [speeding] in his automobile, what’s in his head?” Sandwith experienced great purpose to wonder, presented that he doesn’t travel or have any concept what a 6-liter Gran Turismo Racer would seem like.
But here’s the matter: The Chats do not do the sort of shout-punk in which you have no notion what they’re declaring underneath all the shredding. Their lyrics are intended to be listened to. On their initially few albums, they desired us to listen to about being broke, drunk and hungry—and with their forthcoming album, Get Fucked, they find to immerse us in darkish situational comedy.
The album’s initial one, “Struck by Lightning,” is a speedy ‘n wild blitz in which Sandwith imagines what a strike from over would be like.
“We have been just obtaining a jam. I was on the drums this time,” he remembers. “And I just began actively playing this tiny sample, type of like, ‘struck by—lightnin’!’ I was like, that could get the job done, that could audio pretty amazing for a song.”
Sandwith was fascinated by privileged people who have survived lightning strikes. “I heard that people today can not expand their hair back and shit, which is weird—especially the whole no-eyebrows point,” he claims (this is doubtful when it arrives to hair and lightning, it’s additional probably that your hair will simply just stand on end prior to you are struck).
Superstitious about remaining struck now that he’s prepared a song about it, Sandwith provides, “Touch wooden!” (Which is “knock on wood” to you, People. The Chats hail from Queensland.)
A lot of The Chats’ tunes are self-contained stories about young dudes (cue classics “Dine N Dash” and “Bus Money”). A single of the band’s first large hits, “Smoko,” is a contagious music about just trying to get a damn smoke split.
Familiarity apart, the trio is a single of the most interesting punk bands out there. Listening to their new music, which they describe as “shed rock,” is like slamming an espresso and having a sip of laughing fuel though dancing on the roof of, very well, a dashing GTR.
Which provides us again to “6L GTR, which spawned a music video clip (featuring the work of illustrator Marco Imov) in which the Chats boys crave a 6L GTR to exchange their shoddy ol’ van. It is comprehensive of their cheeky energy—and serves as a great encapsulation of the track and their model.
Clever storytellers with a fuck-off frame of mind, The Chats are in good variety with Get Fucked. When requested what they like about the new album, Sandwith states simply, “It’s just far better. I’m truly pleased with how it is turned out so it will be pleasant to get it out there.”
As far as the band’s songwriting procedure goes, Sandwith notes, “We really do not overthink it way too a lot. I’ll come up with a song or Josh will have an idea. We’ll catch up and do the job it out, then Matt will appear in and make it much better. Then I’ll just retain some notes in my phone about some tips for lyrics that could function for a music. Very little too scientific about it.”
SEE IT: The Chats perform the Crystal Ballroom 8:30 pm Thursday, Could 26. 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047. Crystalballroompdx.com. $22.50. Get Fucked is out August 19 on Discount Bin Data.