High Risk Behaviour by The Chats

To describe something as ‘chat’ in Australia would be a way of expressing how rubbish you think something is. This is where Australian trio The Chats get their name from, but debut LP 'High Risk Behaviour' far from terrible - in fact, this thing is a potential pub-rock classic. 'High Risk Behaviour' is about as no-frills as a record can get, a set of tuneful idiot-punk where the primary concerns are stuffing your face and getting as pissed as possible. Lovely jubbly.

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High Risk Behaviour by The Chats
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8/10 Tommy WM 07 September 2020

The rise to fame of The Chats has been bizarrely meteoric. Go to any vaguely alternative guitar track on YouTube and you’ll be sure to end up on their viral hit ‘Smoko’ within a few tracks of the auto-play algorithm doing its thing. There’s been a fair amount of hype surrounding the release of their debut full-length following the success of such singles and the ‘Get This In Ya’ EP, and ‘High Risk Behaviour’ manages to live up to the excitement by bringing out the most of their fun-loving and hedonistic personality.

‘High Risk Behaviour’ has been on repeat since the start of lockdown. It’s one of those records which will make you long for a return to normal, the glory days of proper weekend piss ups, house parties, DIY gigs, and festivals. The Australian group play a blend of exuberant punk and youthful pub rock, mixing the traditional Oz punk of The Saints with the fast-paced garage rhythms of your Jay Reatards. Descendents fans will also notice the homage to their debut single ‘Ride The Wild’ on the sleeve. The Chats roll out surf-punk bangers more consistently than FIDLAR and shape more memorable slack-pop anthems than the Wavves of this world, gripping immediately with the 90-second blast of ‘Stinker’ right up until the final notes. Basically, it's a hell of a romp. It’s also an extremely comical record of in-jokes, local humour, and tongue in cheek anecdotes. Subjects range from buying substances off the deep web, disgustingly hot weather, being tarred as undesirables at middle class establishments, contracting virus’s endemic to Australia, drinking cheap beer, and know-it-alls with dodgy politics.

You can tell within the first listen that it’s three close mates playing punk in their garage's and sweatbox practice rooms. Some will say it’s a juvenile record. These people also either don't know how to embrace fun or are missing the point of The Chats completely. ‘High Risk Behaviour’ will put a wide grin on your face and you'll be flipping the record back on immediately after its 28-minutes are over. You won’t find a more enjoyable punk record this year.


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