The Amity Affliction have Australia’s number one album

Queensland post-hardcore band The Amity Affliction are at the top of the ARIA chart this week with their brand new album Chasing Ghosts.

Chasing Ghosts is the band’s third album. Their second, Youngbloods, made it to number six in 2010, but this is their first time at the top of the charts. Writing on their Facebook page, the band described the feat as “absolutely overwhelming”.

“Holy shit, we can’t even believe it,” they wrote to their 94,000 fans. “To every single one of you, you guys made this happen for us and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We never thought anything like this was ever within our reach so thank you once again! See you guys on tour!!”

FL spoke to Paul Voge, co-owner of independent record store Kill The Music in Brisbane, who suggested that The Amity Affliction’s previous chart success may have motivated their fans. “I think bands getting that close, it’s like, ‘Fuck, next time let’s get [them] to number one.’ I’m not an idiot, [I know] not everyone buys records any more, but things like that give them a reason to.”

Voge sold 245 copies of Chasing Ghosts last week, making it one of the best-selling albums in his store’s six-year history. “I’m lucky to sell 10 of anything in a shitty record store in Brisbane city,” he said, somewhat tongue-in-cheek. “It’s a genre that can be looked on from the outside to be saturated, but I think they’ve done it long enough that they’ve earned it. People look at it and say it’s kid’s stuff, but those guys sell out 18+ shows as well as all ages.”

Both the number two and three albums this week are also new entries: The xx, who just confirmed a 2013 Australian tour, are at number two with Coexist and The Presets at number three with Pacifica.

Last week’s number one album, North by Matchbox 20, has slipped back to fifth place.