Punk: Cable Ties announce new single, The Smith Street Band expand Pool House lineup, and Pears are heading our way

In tragic news, Brisbane vocalist Shane Collins of The Gifthorse and Headaches (among many others) unfortunately passed away earlier last week. Tributes have been flowing in from all corners of the Australian music scene, with Shane’s passing coming as a shock to all. Host of triple j’s The Racket, Lochlan Watt offered his thoughts on the tragedy: “He was always older than me, but we grew up together. Countless gigs, beers, and pingers shared. Shane gave meaning to what it was to be a punk/metal kid from Brisbane. I’ve never been this truly gutted in my life”. PoisonCity Records, The Gifthorse’s long-time label, expressed their grief in a succinct but straightforward post: RIP Shane. Such a kind heart and the best hugs in the business. You’ll be missed by many.” A public service will be held this Friday February 9 at 2.30pm at MarcoolaBeach on the SunshineCoast. All are welcome to attend. If you are struggling or need help or support with mental illness or anguish please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 and BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. The Gifthorse records are currently in print and available from Poison City Records online or in their store on Brunswick St in Fitzroy
Melbourne’s Cable Ties have announced the upcoming release of a new 7” single. Entitled ‘Tell Them Where to Go,’ the single will be released in conjunction with their already announced Cable Ties Ball at The Corner Hotel on Saturday February 24, also featuring Habits, Miss Blanks, The Dalcios, Simona, Eat-Man, and Miss Destiny. Following up their well-received 2017 debut full-length, the single takes a slightly different approach to the band’s sound, employing more of a driving classic rock influence rather than the scratchy post-punk sound of their debut. Vocalist and guitarist Jenny McKechnie explains, “It’s about ignoring everyone who tells you that you can’t play music because you don’t fit Western society’s expectations of who can be a ‘rockstar’ – an attractive white, straight, cis-gendered man. It’s about finding new heroes who reflect your life experiences and learning how to tell your own story through rock!“ Tickets for the Cable Ties Ball are available now, with ‘Tell Them Where to Go’ available now as a stream and available at the show as a physical 7”.
The Smith Street Band and Pool House Records have expanded upon their already huge lineup for the inaugural Pool House Party, to be held at the Coburg Velodrome on Saturday March 17. Tired Lion, The Bennies, Ecca Vandal, Astronautalis (who is by far my pick of the day), Signals Midwest, Pagan, The Cutaways, Under The Cut and Scabz will join the already huge lineup of Tropical Fuck Storm, Ceres, Bec Sandridge, WAAX, Baker Boy, Jess Locke, Press Club, The Sugarcanes and Antonia & The Lazy Susans. Tickets are on sale now. Get in quick because this will sell out.
New Orleans melodic hardcore punks Pears have announced their debut headline Australian tour, having already played out shows in 2016 supporting Strung Out. Continuing to tour in support of the 2016 full-length Green Star and their 2017 split EP with Direct Hit, the band will play The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Saturday May 12. Tickets are on sale now.