Australian punks Cable Ties were formed by Jenny McKenchie (vocals, guitars), Nick Brown (bass), and Shauna Boyle (drums), with the group playing their debut gig at 2015's annual Wetfest -- a non-binary-inclusive music festival in Melbourne celebrating the city's diverse D.I.Y.
scene, curated by McKenchie's other band, Wet Lips. Delivering a mix of D.I.Y. punk and garage, with a nod to AC/DC, the trio quickly built up a reputation by playing a huge number of live shows in their first year on the local scene. Their first effort was released in March 2016 -- the single "Same for Me" -- followed six months later by a split single with Wet Lips. By the end of 2016 Cable Ties had opened the Meredith Music Festival and earned themselves the "Golden Boot" -- a tradition that involves the crowd unanimously holding their boots and shoes in the air as a seal of approval; they were the first opening band to receive the accolade. At the beginning of 2017, McKenchie and Boyle helped curate the first Girls Rock! Melbourne event -- an initiative that empowers girls and non-gender youths to get involved in music and music education. The trio then headed out on tour with fellow Aussies Camp Cope and signed a deal with local label Poison City Records; their Paul Maybury-produced eponymous debut album appeared in May. The group again went on tour in support of the release with shows across Australia. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi