Role Model fits Body­jar im­age

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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

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