There are few bands out there who have accomplished as much as Chelsea Manor have in such a short time, but then again, there are very few bands quite like them.
Hailing from Mount Gambier in South Australia’s south east, Chelsea Manor hit the ground running in 2019, performing their first show as part of triple j’s One Night Stand festival after being picked by the station. It was this, their first appearance on stage – and one that saw them sharing a bill with G Flip, the Hilltop Hoods, Meg Mac, and Ocean Alley – that served as an indicator of what was to come for the nascent trio.
Born out of a shared love of pop-punk, rock, and the iconic artists that defined the genres, Chelsea Manor deliver a sound that is equal parts forward-thinking and nostalgic, rambunctious and introspective, yet always revolving around the idea of having a good time. Try and imagine if Robert Smith launched his own Box Car Racer cover band and ended up sharing the stage with Killing Heidi. Now you’re on the right track.
Since their inception, the trio – made up of vocalist/guitarist Bianca Hendy, bassist Ivan Heenan, and drummer Michael Collins – have been writing, recording, and performing at every opportunity, and kicking countless career goals in the process.
Although managed to share stages with the likes of Captives, Walken, and The Smith Street Band, while performing in iconic venues such as the Thebarton Theatre, The Bridgeway, the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, and the aforementioned triple j One Night Stand stage.
Add in some recent highlights such as a performance on the Isol-Aid lineup, and an appearance at the South Australian Music Awards as not only performers, but finalists in the Punk category, and you’ve got the makings of a true Aussie success story.
As 2021 presents a number of amazing opportunities, Chelsea Manor are determined to not let a single moment pass them by. Having spent time in the studio with Tyson Fish and Captives’ Aaron Damon working on their debut EP, this year looks set to see Chelsea Manor take their career to the next step, with big plans, big tunes, and even bigger live shows.