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Kieran Webber
Kieran Webber

Founder of CLUNK Magazine. Normally found hunched over his desk searching for new music.

Australia’s most Australian export The Chats return with explosive new single ‘Struck By Lightning’

The Chats first rose to fame with their viral hit ‘Smoko’, a song about a tradie cracking a cig during work. It may have been one of the most Australian things to have been shared globally since the video of the Australian teenager ‘apologising’ for a wild house party.

However, since the explosion of that song the band have proved themselves to be one of the world’s most important and exciting punk bands in recent years. Their debut album ‘High Risk Behaviour’ was jam packed with high octane punk music that was simplistic yet highly infectious, this was also carried over into the bands live show.

Now, the band return with new guitarist Josh Hardy and share their first single of 2022 ‘Struck By Lightning’. As expected it’s a fast paced, 100-second blitz that is fuelled by buzzsaw guitars moving at breakneck speed. Not to mention frontman Eamon Sandwith’s biting and Australian tinted vocals.

Speaking on the new single Eamon explains: “’Struck By Lightning’ came about when we were having a jam. I was on the drums, and I just started playing this little pattern, like, ‘struck-by – LIGHT-NIN’!’ I thought, ‘Hmm, that could work’, so I went home and wrote a song about getting struck by lightning, like how you would feel, and what would happen. People can’t grow their hair back and shit,” he adds. “It’s weird – especially the whole no-eyebrows thing. That would be really scary! I’m really hoping that this doesn’t happen to me, now I’ve written a song about it.”

Watch the music video for ‘Struck By Lightning’ here:

You can also catch them on tour in the UK at the following:

19-Mar            UK, Southampton, 1865 SOLD OUT
20-Mar            UK, Nottingham, Rock City
22-Mar            Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
23-Mar            UK, Belfast, Limelight 2
24-Mar            UK, Glasgow, Galvanizers
25-Mar            UK, Newcastle, Boiler Shop SOLD OUT
26-Mar            UK, Manchester, Academy
27-Mar            UK, Leeds, Stylus
28-Mar            UK, Bristol, 02 Academy
29-Mar            UK, Brighton, Chalk SOLD OUT
30-Mar            UK, London, Electric Brixton
31-Mar            UK, London, Electric Brixton