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Advance Review - The Chats: High Risk Behaviour (March 27, 2020)
Amongst all the turmoil, anxiety, cancellation of public gatherings and shows as well as many businesses being forced to close their doors, Queensland’s own, The Chats are thriving so far this year. With the release of their EP The Clap earlier this month and several music videos for singles on their new album, they treat us further with their release of their new album, High Risk Behavior.
Following up their 2017 release Get this in Ya with the sensational hit ‘Smoko’, “High Risk Behavior” is the perfect album for an intense, quick, headbanging set that clocks in around 28 minutes. Most of the songs are around the minute and a half mark, the longest track, “Do What I Want”, rings in at 2 minutes 50 seconds.
In the Pitch Perfect Press release, Bassist and Vocalist Eamon Sandwith is quoted
“I don’t want to make the songs boring. We try not to think about it or complicate it too much. You don’t want to force it or the song’s going to turn out crap”
On the writing/recording process, Sandwith furthers this by explicating that “Some of the songs were first take, and we were like ‘That’s good, whatever’”.
Most of the songs in the band’s repertoire tell stories from everyday life, either from their own or someone else that follows their same rebellious lifestyles. *Clears Throat* no explanation about the track “The Clap”. One of the longer tracks on the album, “Identity Theft”, is a quick simple story of how they were so sure of buying drugs off the internet because of their VPN, only to have their identity stolen after all.
While we’re all quarantining ourselves, I know we all have a few minutes to listen to High Risk Behavior.
Rating - 4/5