Barely Kept Under Control by ‘Cable Ties’
'Cable Ties' Provide Even More Proof That It Is A Great Time For Music From Down Under
You may not have been paying attention, it can be hard to dig up good albums here in the United States at times, but Australia has one of the consistently interesting (and best) music scenes in the world.
Every year, at least three or four Australian bands make it into my top 20 albums of the year and this year will likely be no exception. And this year, one of my favorite new-to-me Australian bands is the punk/post-punk trio ‘Cable Ties’ and one of my favorite Australian albums of 2017 so far is their self-titled debut released on Poison City Records.
The band Cable Ties is made up of Jenny McKechnie (vocals/guitar), Nick Brown (bass), Shauna Boyle (drums) and they formed in 2015. They were originally formed to play a backyard party celebrating Jenny McKechnie’s other band Wet Lips but have taken these humble accidental origins all the way from playing small bars to supporting acts like The Kills and Camp Cope on recent tours.
The best thing about the album is it sounds like they could have literally just plugged in and started playing just down the street, the album sounds present and urgent and real (If you turn the sound up gradually, it will feel like there is a garage show you can catch down the street if you hurry).
Cable Ties seem to seamlessly jump back and forth between post-punk structures to stripped-down punk primal screaming and then back again. On one of my favorite tracks “Say What You Mean,” Ms. McKechnie screams out, “I am not a production unit, I’m a human being” over and over again with varying degrees of intensity and you can feel her frustration and anger. If you have ever felt frustrated by your workplace or job experience this is the perfect song to sing along to.
McKechnie has said that singing in the band is very much like her powerful-self singing songs to her more insecure-self, which actually makes a lot of sense to me. Anyway, I picked the song ‘Sheets’ for the playlist both because it is a really great song and because it was the first Cable Ties song that I ever heard. My first reaction was to ask, “Who the Hell is that” which usually means I really like a band.
Hope you enjoy Cable Ties as much as I did! Check out the playlist and Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
The Endless Creature Groove Spotify Playlist
Every week I put out a new curated playlist for your listening enjoyment.
You can "Just Hit Play" and check back throughout the week to find out more about the featured artists on the playlist. Yesterday, it was a story about Arcade Fire’s new album and who knows what tomorrow will bring.
This is a sampler playlist of songs from my Best Albums of 2017 list. Enjoy, Explore, and Share Music!
Lots of great new music on this mixed-tape style playlist, songs from Pinact, Worriers, Big Hush, Mescaleros and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Vanilla Stranger Boy is my weekly Mixed-Tape style playlist featuring Moody Beach, LCD Soundystem, Car Seat Headrest, Julien Baker and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Sonic Dog Mausoleum is this weeks mixed-tape style playlist including music from Gold Class, Guided by Voices, The National, Protomarty and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
"Bird Bite Hair" is this week's mixed-tape style Spotify playlist including music from Pavement, Echo and the Bunnymen, Downtown Boys, Sleater Kinney and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Australia's 'Cable Ties' just released their self-titled debut album on Poison City Records and it is really good stuff. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Andrew Savage is releasing a new solo album (and he is from Denton), Parquet Courts are not breaking up, and listen to the Pop Rocks Skylight Spotify Playlist!
The KVB make perfect music for programming dreams. Here is some information on the London Duo and on their interesting EP "Fixation/White Walls." Sample them on the Pop Rocks Skylight Playlist.
Learn more about the return of UK Noise-Rock stalwarts Part Chimp and listen to the "R U Afraid Mapoleon" Spotify Playlist. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Benjamin Booker went all the way to Mexico to get inspired to write his incredible new album "Witness" but I didn't have to leave home to put him on my new playlist! Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Learn more about the second solo album from Sebadoh's Jason Loewenstein while you enjoy my "Cred Reduction Agent" Mixed Tape Style Playlist! Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Find out "Who the F is Dion Lunadon" while you enjoy my "Cred Reduction Agent" Mixed Tape Style Playlist! Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Enjoy my "Cred Reduction Agent" Mixed Tape Style Playlist featuring Kevin Morby while you read about his music and new album "City Music" Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Enjoy my "Cred Reduction Agent" Mixed Tape Style Playlist featuring P.S. Elliot. Today's post will do a deep dive into the rich history of the music of the Crutchfield sisters. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear Candy on the "17 Crabs Walk" Spotify Playlist including songs from Prince (RIP), Vince Staples, the Beastie Boys, Algiers, and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear Candy in "The Damn Pinhead War" Mixed-Tape Style Spotify Playlist including music from The National, Oneohtrix Point Never, Arcade Fire, Ho99o9, Trapped Under Ice, Waxahatchee and many more. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear Candy on this mixed-tape style Spotify playlist featuring New Order (with a brief appearance by Joy Division). This is a legacy playlist in tribute to one of my favorite bands. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear candy on the "Prissy Kombat Face" mixed-tape style Spotify playlist including songs from Beach House, The Clash, Cayetana, JJ Doom and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear Candy the "Fantastic Dust Monkey" playlist from Beak>, Skating Polly, Foo Fighters, William Onyeabor, Bad Sports, The ILY's, and many others. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear Candy including Vince Staples, The Psychedelic Furs, Young M.A., Wimps, Dolores Haze, Dasher, and many others on this Mixed-Tape style Playlist. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Ear candy from Filter, Sonic Youth, Madonna, Joey Purp, Danny Brown and many others on this Mixed-Tape style playlist. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
New Ear candy including Afghan Whicgs, LCD Soundsystem, Perfume Genius, Danger Doom and many others on this Mixed-Tape style playlist. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
Ear candy from Kraftwerk, Feist, Desert Mountain Tribe, Black Lips, and many others on this new mixed-tape style Spotify Playlist.
Ear Candy from Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon, Black Flag, and Guided by Voices on this weeks mixed-tape style playlist. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!
The Cramps, The Dahmers, Bad Breeding, Flat Worms and more on this dark rockabilly roller coaster ride of a mixed-tape style playlist. Explore, Enjoy, and Share Music!