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
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.