Cable Ties add tour dates, share new song “Self-Made Man”: Stream

Australian punk trio will release their new album, Far Enough, in March

Cable Ties tour dates 2020 Australia Self-Made-Man new song single music video, photo by Lisa Businovski
Cable Ties, photo by Lisa Businovski

Australian punk trio Cable Ties are giving us another taste of new music with “Self-Made Man” and an accompanying music video. It’s off their sophomore record and debut full-length on Merge, Far Enough, which comes out on March 27th. To celebrate, Cable Ties have also unveiled a handful of new tour dates in their homeland as well.

This is the second single we’ve heard from Far Enough, following the snappy hit “Sandcastles”. In a press release, guitarist and singer Jenny McKechnie explained the origin story behind the track. “The Self-Made Man created wealth through the exploitation of other people and abuse of public resources,” she said. “He doesn’t care about the suffering of others because, in his eyes, he got what he deserved through hard work, and they have not. It is inconvenient for the Self-Made Man to analyze systems of oppression which he has manipulated for his own gain.”

Sure enough, “Self-Made Man” makes good on that theme. Over a wiry post-punk chord progression, Cable Ties spare no expense outlining the myth of so-called self-made billionaires, and they do so without letting their lyrics get clunky. “It’s sad you can’t take care of yourself/ But you’re not getting your hands on his sacred wealth,” McKechnie sings. “So get down on your knees/ For your financial deity.”

In the music video, directed by Oscar O’Shea, a handful of strangers enter a blank room with a small TV propped up on a stool. On the screen, Cable Ties can be seen playing “Self-Made Man” live. Each person reacts to the clip in their own way: dancing emphatically, doing a workout, taking off their makeup. The sole man who enters the room, though, can’t seem to stand the song — getting up close to the TV to peer through his eyes and shake his head. Watch it below.

After the record drops, Cable Ties will stop through Australia on their new tour dates. The leg sees them performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and more in late spring. Find an updated list of their tour dates below, and grab tickets to all of their upcoming concerts here.

Cable Ties 2020 Tour Dates:
02/14 — Yarra Valley, AU @ Gaytimes
02/15 — Darebin, AU @ Something Unlimited 2020
02/28 — Sydney, AU @ Vic On The Park
02/29 — Wollongong, AU @ Farmer and the Owl Festival
03/12 — Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
03/14 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (Burgerama)
03/17-21 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/26 — Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
04/03 — Glasgow, UK @ Glad Cafe
04/04 — Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel
04/05 — Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin
04/07 — London, UK @ Old Blue Last
04/09 — Paris, FR @ L’Espace B
04/10 — Rotterdam, NL @ V11
04/13 — Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
04/14 — Berlin, DE @ Zukunft
04/24 — Sydney, AU @ Waywards
04/25 — Port Kembla, AU @ Servo
04/26 — Canberra, AU @ Transit
05/01 — Adelaide, AU @ The Golden Wattle
05/02 — Melbourne, AU @ The Corner Hotel
05/15 — Perth, AU @ Four5Nine
05/16 — Fremantle, AU @ Mojos
05/24 — Brisbane, AU @ The Foundry