The Cats have announced an official line-up change following the departure of guitarist and founding member, Josh Price.
The Queensland punk trio shared the news on social media on Tuesday evening, confirming the induction of a replacement member.
“Unfortunately, Pricey is no longer in The Chats. He continued to do his own thing, and we wish him all the best,” they wrote.
“We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our good mate Josh Hardy to the band, some may know him from his rock n roll super band, The Unknowns.”
Hardy has previously appeared in the video for The Cats’ latest single “AC/DC CD” and in promotional photos. The Unknowns, which he leads, has also been announced as the opening act for the upcoming “AC/DC CD” tour.
Price was there for the debut of The Chats, which “started in high school on a musical mission” alongside bassist-vocalist Eamon Sandwith and drummer Matt Boggis in 2016.
He played on the band’s first two EPs, including huge viral hit ‘Smoko’, as well as their 2020 debut album. High risk behavior.
The new-look cats have a tour schedule stacked in front of them. They have the AC/DC CD tour in December and January, then their rescheduled album tour next year (check their website for dates and details).
Additionally, they have scheduled future appearances at the Summer Sounds festival in Adelaide, Feedback Festival on the Gold Coast and This That in Newcastle.