The Chats - GET FUCKED - 'Hydrated' (Clear)
Limited colored vinyl variant. In the tradition of grotesque characters like the reactionary club doorman from 'Keep The Grubs Out', 'GET FUCKED' opens with '6L GTR', a swingeing takedown of a speed-crazed status-symbol driver - a critique piqued when Eamon spotted the titular licence plate in an airport carpark. "I don't even know if the car itself was actually a six-litre GTR or anything," he chuckles. "To be honest with you, I don't even know what a car like that would look like! I can't drive! That was the thing, we were just trying to get into this dude's head. We were like, 'When he's fangin' it in his car, what's in his head? What does he do?' It was a fun exercise."
After the immortal chorus of "Don't need a big flash fancy car, just need a six-litre GTR", Sandwith instinctively broke into a quote from David Lee Roth's purring dropdown rap from Van Halen's 'Panama' - most apposite! - but unfortunately Roth didn't approve of this so they had to axe it.
"That song has a breakdown bit, where it's like, 'Ooooh, we're running a little hot tonight', so I recorded myself doing that in the breakdown of our song," explains Sandwith, "but then our manager was like, 'Errrr, we're probably going to have to flag that'. I'm like, 'What do you mean? It's just a little passage from a song'. He was like, 'I know, but we're going to have to ask the songwriters' - which included David Lee Roth obviously - 'if it's okay to use it'. About a week later our manager got an email from David Lee Roth's people that said "NO!". What a dog cunt."
New album GET FUCKED is fully loaded with 13 new, high-velocity punk tracks that rip from start to finish, and lyrically cover panic attacks, junkies, prison breaks, the price of smokes, surf mafia, being drunk in every pub in Brisbane and many more based on personal experiences.
Once they'd worked up a rollicking batch of new tunes, they had actually planned to record again in Geelong, near Melbourne, with Billy Gardner, who produced 'High Risk Behaviour', but due to pandemic border closures, they nailed it instead in six days at Brisbane's Hunting Ground facility with Cody McWaters, who'd worked on a single for Eamon's other band, Headlice.
The more you listen to it, the more you realise that there was only one plausible title for this second Chats album. Expressing both it's broadsides against bigotry and it's heedless hedonism, 'GET FUCKED' was christened, Eamon reveals, when "we were just sitting around and discussing titles, and I kind of said it half-jokingly, and Matt was like, 'That is the best title I've ever heard!' I was like, 'It's a bit silly, isn't it?' but eventually it just grew on us over time. There's a lot of boardroom meetings, clipboards and Manila folders, all about this stuff. Spreadsheets, and that.
"We just thought how funny would it be, if you were a kid seeing it on the album cover. I remember going to K-Mart and seeing the Green Day 'Dookie' CD, and being like, 'Aw man, this is the craziest album cover I've ever seen!' Imagine being a kid and just seeing a CD that says, 'Get Fucked'!"