Australian punk veterans Bodyjar are back and they will be dropping a brand new 7” / digital EP Terra Firma on October 13 via UNFD. Landing just in time for their Australian tour with Less Than Jake, first single “Burning It Down For Nothing” premiered on triple j’s Short.Fast.Loud last night.
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.
Outside of that the members of the ‘Jar have been getting on with life, looking after their families and businesses: Cam Baines owns the Locality Skateboard shop in Greensborough, Tom Read runs and own Sorrento Locksmiths, Grant Relf owns his own flooring business and plays in his band After Burner, while Shane Wakker is busy training for a Grand Tour and tending to veggie patch. They have also been adding to the Children of Bodyjar cult with seven offspring between them.
After a phone call from their old mates Less Than Jake, asking them to jump aboard their upcoming Australian Tour, Bodyjar got together and to show each other the material they’d been working on in their spare time. With four cracking songs between them, Bodyjar had no option but to head back into the studio and record. That’s how Terra Firma was born.
Catch Bodyjar on tour with their buddies Less Than Jake in October.