When you’re fangin’ a good time, what do you do? Go see The Chats at Lion Arts Factory, of course.
Anyone with an ounce of respect for bogan culture would recognise The Chats’ classic jam Smoko. There’s something so quintessentially Australian in the image of front-man Eamon Sandwith screaming ‘leave me alone’ on his work break – complete with a ginger mullet, surf lifesaver get-up, and a cheap pair of servo speed-dealers. Smoko shot Eamon and fellow band members Josh Price and Matt Boggis into overnight success. After The Chats’ home-job music video featured on Channel 7’s evening news, Aussie families knew them better than the current PM.
Soon after, they released their second EP Get This In Ya; backing up some of their earlier releases Mum Stole My Darts and VB Anthem. On their second visit to Adelaide, the band proudly played their full-throttled show, Pub Feed; titled after their newest release.
It was the ultimate act of patriotism to see the trio in the flesh, as mullets bounced to their guitar riffs and Coopers Sparkling drenched the crowd. It was a short yet chaotic set, which the boys smoothly executed with a no-fucks attitude. A sea of sweaty pubescent bodies aggressively chanting ‘don’t tell me what to do’ sent many to the floor, but mosh pit morale was strong and every good sport extended a hand to lift up their new-found mate.
The Chats’ Adelaide gig joined a string of sold-out shows across the country, and while they could have filled a bigger venue, Lion Arts Factory and its regular crowd went hand-in-hand with their pub-rock style. Seasoned punters, Lion Arts locals, and a fresh crop of teenagers joined together in comradery at the all-ages gig.
A freshly-18-year-old girl expressed her enthusiasm for the show between chucking into the outdoor garden bed, while a total stranger held back her hair, dart-in-mouth, and said, ‘How good was that aye?’
We don’t know whether The Chats truly understand the reach of their musical genius, whether they’re even aware of the friendships they’ve forged, or how they’ve touched the hearts of an entire nation with their enthusiasm for a well cooked chicken schnitty.
All we know is, we can’t get enough and they’ve left us begging for more.
Words by Annabel Bowles & Poppy Fitzpatrick