Role Model fits Bodyjar image
IT took almost 20 years, a couple of kids and a very long break between albums for Bodyjar to find an appreciation for what they do.
The Melbourne punk-rock band released Role Model last month, a follow up to 2005’s self-titled eponymous album. Frontman Cameron Baines says the new record sees the quartet take a stab at mainstream media.
‘‘I guess we are asking the question, do we really need role models? Is Kim Kardashian a good one? We build these people up to be important but people need to start thinking for themselves,’’ he says.
‘‘The lyrics in the album touch on the little things like the downfalls of watching too much TV and being too obsessed with celebrities.
‘‘There’s a culture of self in the world today and we are all guilty of it.’’
Baines is the first to admit Role Model is a ‘‘solid album’’, adding that the eight-year gap between Bodyjar records is evident.
‘‘ Role Model is a mix of all the other albums. It’s a punk record with better energy than the others. I’m really proud of it,’’ he says.
‘‘We all needed to take a step back from the band and work out what we were and what we’re good at.’’
When Bodyjar called it quits in 2009, Baines never imagined the band would get back together.
‘‘We needed time apart from each other for perspective. We were burnt out from touring and living in each others pockets,’’ he says.
The four-piece – Baines, Grant Relf, Tom Read and Shane Wakker – reformed last year, feeling energised about the prospects of a new record.
‘‘We started writing songs and had so many ideas floating around – it didn’t take long to make the album,’’ says Baines.
‘‘We have all grown up a fair bit – Grant and Tom had kids. Now we have all found an appreciation for what Bodyjar does.’’
Bodyjar and Luca Brasi play the Coolangatta Hotel on Saturday night. Next year marks Bodyjar’s 20th anniversary and Baines says the creative juices are still flowing.
‘‘We haven’t got anything planned to celebrate. It depends what’s going on. Maybe we will put an album out on cassette or something,’’ he says, laughing.
Back in the swing: punk rockers Bodyjar