It’s troublesome to not really feel just a bit bit excited when a brand new punk album comes out; that is a kind of genres that has modified a lot over time that not often can we get to listen to one thing that actually takes the style again to its roots. The Chats are an Australian trio that decision themselves “shed rock” relatively than punk, however their debut album High Risk Behaviour remains to be essentially the most punk factor we have heard in years.
The 14-track album is filled with the brief, fast-paced songs that you simply affiliate with conventional punk bands and there is additionally that non-singing model that Johnny Rotten made so well-liked in instances passed by. With scuzzy guitars, a robust DIY ethic and admittedly infantile lyrics about getting drunk, STIs, petty crime, consuming and being ailing, it is the light-hearted album we wanted to listen to this week.
High Risk Behaviour opens with Stinker which makes getting drunk within the solar sound horrible, however introduces these livid drums and soiled strings which we’ll discover in lots of the subsequent tracks. It’s not the very best monitor to begin with for those who’re attempting to persuade individuals you are not ripping off the Sex Pistols, however because the album goes on you just do cease caring about that.
Drunk n Disorderly and Billy Backwash’s Day are vastly related tracks to Stinker; truthfully, lots of the songs sound just about the identical. On the opposite hand, The Clap is type of infectious, for those who’ll pardon the pun. It’s a sing-a-long anthem that we simply know will likely be a signature stay track for years to come back.
What makes High Risk Behaviour completely different from conventional punk information like Never Mind The B****cks and Ramones is that it is laced with surprisingly expert guitar riffs, with songs like Identity Theft and Ross River actually illustrating that expertise. We can not help however suppose that The Chats are able to much more than what they’re exhibiting.
The bass-heavy Heatstroke is a musical spotlight with a melodic lilt to the vocal which is mainly extraordinary at this level. It’s nonetheless quick and livid, however in comparison with the remainder of the album it captures that dazed feeling of the titular affliction relatively effectively. Keep The Grubs Out is sensible too, and will likely be relatable to anybody who has been turned away from a membership for his or her outfit or their footwear. The sarcasm on this narrative is hilariously sturdy with lyrics like: “Anyone with a mullet is a thieving, violent, risky thug”, after which later “Feel free to come back again if you get a haircut“.
However, The Kids Need Guns was a little bit of a disappointment. It might’ve been an ironic commentary on gun violence, however as an alternative it is only a shallow assertion on college taking pictures sprees that will have been simply as efficient if the lyrics had been “School taking pictures sprees occur typically. The finish.“. It’s about as political because it will get on this album and there is nothing actually of substance which is type of a disgrace for a punk band. Though I suppose you possibly can’t actually criticise a “shed rock” band for not being “punk” sufficient.
4573 is experimental in comparison with the remainder of the album with its scratchy string sounds but it surely additionally units up the ultimate stretch of the album as one thing a bit extra tuneful and polished. Album closers Do What I Want and Better Than You are simply essentially the most accessible tracks on the report as there’s precise singing on them (type of) with gentler drums and melodic guitars. That doesn’t suggest to say they’re any higher than the opposite tracks, but it surely was good to see that The Chats do have some versatility.
High Risk Behaviour is so intrinsically Australian that almost all non-Aussies would not know what the hell was happening more often than not, and we like it for that cause. But there’s additionally one thing extremely cringeworthy about The Chats‘ try to sound edgy and non-conformist on this report. If they genuinely consider they’ve produced one thing rebellious and offbeat, that is actually horrible information; if, nevertheless, it is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the corniness of so-called anarchistic artists, then it is bordering on genius.