A MODEL CA­REER

If the stars don’t align – and there’s a good chance they won’t – then this could be the last time alt-rock­ers Mod­els hit the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - BETHANY TYLER

Punk pop group Mod­els re­turn to the Gold Coast this week­end, giv­ing fans what might be their last chance to see the band. The group be­hind hits in­clud­ing Out of Mind, Out of Sight, Bar­ba­dos and I Hear Mo­tion is em­bark­ing on its first na­tional tour of the cen­tury.

Front­man Sean Kelly, who has been con­sis­tently writ­ing and com­pos­ing through Mod­els’ var­i­ous hia­tuses, says the run of shows could be the band’s last.

“I’m not go­ing to say this is our last one, but I know for a fact that so many stars need to line up to get th­ese things to hap­pen, but then of course so many things can go wrong,” he says.

“It’s a bit pes­simistic, but I’m making the point that if peo­ple are in­ter­ested they might as well get along lest we turn into one of those bands that just aren’t around any more.”

Kelly’s air of cyn­i­cism blan­kets his re­flec­tion on the Mod­els legacy.

A band known for main­tain­ing its cred­i­bil­ity through fre­quent live shows, and for hold­ing on to cre­ative con­trol in the face of in­flu­ence from record la­bels, Kelly ques­tions if it was all worth it.

“I think it was maybe naivety in that we cer­tainly would get in­ter­mit­tent di­rec­tives from var­i­ous man­age­ment and record com­pa­nies that we should kind of do this and do that,” he says.

“And we were really stub­born in that we just didn’t want to be per­ceived as some kind of main­stream band or in­deed com­pro­mised in any way.

“We naively tried to re­tain artis­tic con­trol. But for what it’s worth I don’t know now if it made that much of a dif­fer­ence.”

Fans would dis­agree, prais­ing the band for its in­tegrity 30 years on from one of its big­gest albums, Out of Mind, Out of Sight.

The band has gone through sev­eral line-up changes over the years, com­pounded by the death of for­mer vo­cal­ist and bassist James Freud, who took his life in 2010.

As a found­ing mem­ber, Kelly has been there through it all.

“I could barely re­mem­ber the early days,” he says. “We had so many line-up changes in the first few years, but there was al­most a kind of ethic and goal within the band, one of try­ing to, I guess, ex­plore mu­sic and set a bench­mark.

“I think it was a pretty healthy view where we didn’t want to be re­stricted by the con­ven­tional con­straints of pop mu­sic and ar­range­ments.”

Get along to the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel, it could be your last chance to see the Mod­els.

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