I think it’s safe to say that nobody anticipated Sunshine Coast slackers The Chats to have such a prosperous career trajectory.
Over the course of their whirlwind career, The Chats have garnered fans in very high places; their sold-out show at The Regent Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this week was a testament to their appeal. Amongst the swathes of fans desperate to thrash out to ‘Smoko’ was Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age’ Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner.
The Chats shared a photo of the heavy lineup on Instagram, captioned “A few mates rocked up to the LA show.”
The band also recently shared a photo of them having a yarn with legendary Green Day rocker, Billie Joe Armstrong, who they apparently reckon is Billy Joel.
Last year, in an interview with Beats 1 with Zane Lowe, Josh Homme revealed that it was Dave Grohl that introduced him to the okka hometown heroes, who ended up supporting Queens of the Stone Age during their Australian tour.
“They have an utterly Australian song called ‘Smoko’,” Homme explained to Zane Lowe. “I saw it, and Dave Grohl turned it on to me, and then the next thing I know I’m playing it for Iggy [Pop],” he continued. “And I told them that and their jaws were just like completely open.”
Last month, triple j unearthed released a video of gastronomy’s ultimate zaddy, Matt Preston, has taken a break from his Masterchef duties to weigh in on a juicy serving of Australian music. Preston reviewed a selection of cuts from the unearth site, but it was The Chats’ ‘Pub Feed’ that really got his mouth-watering.
“Perfectly seasoned, meaty, chunky, like a great plate of chips,” Preston said of the song. “With loads of tomato ketchup and soya sauce… nothing better”.