Aussie punk urchins THE CHATS have dropped a new video ahead of their UK tour which kicks off next week.

'Struck By Lightning' is the first fruit of recording sessions with new guitarist Josh Hardy, who replaces founder member Josh Price.

“The new bloke, Josh – he fucking rips, man!," enthuses singer/bassist Eamon Sandwith. "He’s been a good friend of ours for years. His band The Unknowns were the first band that were our age on the Sunny Coast – before we’d even formed The Chats. In the early days, they were a full-on rockabilly band, and he had the quiff. He’d comb his hair back and stuff, and we just thought he was the fucking coolest guy ever.

“After our old guitarist Pricey left, me and Matt [Boggis, drummer] had a conversation, like, ‘If we can't get Josh, we might just not carry on’," he continues. "Luckily, he was willing to join, and we got right into it, writing songs and stuff. We were like, this is unreal – so good!”

Speaking of the new single, he says “’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. 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.”

The UK tour kicks off with a sold-out show in Southampton on Satruday 19 March. Full dates are...

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

Pic by Luke Henery

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