Live: The Chats come out smokin’

The Chats
The Chats

The enfants terribles of Australian punk, the Chats brought their usual high energy show to the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose tonight.

The gig was originally due to take place in Dee Why but due to Covid it was rescheduled several times. This led to a lot of banter between bassist, Eamon Sandwith and the crowd, with Sandwith insisting on saying “Hello Dee Why” between songs. The youngish audience did not hold back and heckled him about his new haircut-the famous mullet is gone. Sandwith replied that he had not expected to be appearing on an episode of Q&A.

The band tore through their set, playing some new songs as well as favourites such as Smoko and Bus Money. The show is high-energy punk rock in the tradition of the Ramones, but with lyrics that very much address Australian issues such as being on the dole and the heat and humidity that is associated with life in Queensland.

The Chats will soon embark on an extensive tour of be Europe and America, taking their “shed rock” and Australian humour to international audiences.

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