BodyjarCameron Baines Vocals / Guitar | Tom Read Vocals / Guitar | Grant Relf Bass | Shane Wakker Drums
Bodyjar formed in the Melbourne suburbs in 1994, starting out in the worldwide punk boom, alongside Blink 182, Unwritten Law, The Offspring, Pennywise and Frenzal Rhomb. They toured around the world with many of the era’s most revered acts, and appeared on festivals like Warped Tour and Big Day Out in their rise to prominence. Their classic 1998 record “No Touch Red” led to a major label deal, and in 2000 they released the smash hit “How It Works” which was certified Gold, and produced hits “Not The Same” and “Fall To The Ground”. Their most recent self-titled album in 2005 was their last before calling it quits, and until last year’s successful reunion the idea of another album seemed to be off the cards.
With a renewed energy and flurry of incredible songs, the band have rediscovered their love of music, and are back with the brand new album. “Role Model” illustrates that love, allowing them to deliver what could be their more cohesive set of songs yet. The first single “Fairytales” should leave no doubt in fan’s minds that Bodyjar still have it after all these years. Fast paced and full of melody and energy, the track showcases the rare talents of a band that has been around for 19 years.
One of the most revered punk bands Australia has ever produced, Bodyjar have come a long way since forming in the Melbourne suburbs over 20 years ago. Graduating from pub stages during the worldwide ’90s punk boom, Bodyjar went on to tour the globe several times over with many of the era’s most respected acts, and appeared on festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Big Day Out, collecting fans at all stops on their rise. Their seminal 1998 record No Touch Red was only the beginning as 2000 saw the release of their Gold-certified, ARIA Top 20 smash How It Works, which produced the bangers “Not The Same” and “Fall To The Ground”. They released one more album in 2005 before calling it quits for close to a decade.
After a successful reunion, Bodyjar caught the bug again and in 2013 headed back into the studio and came out with their eighth album Role Model, which proved the ‘Jar still have it after all these years. The band then headed over to Europe for a very successful run with fellow icons The Descendents, including a huge set at Groezrock. Back in Australia, Bodyjar played a handful of gigs, including three sold out hometown shows at the Northcote Social Club and a rowdy set at UNIFY 2017.