Bodyjar
Role Model


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
October 19th, 2013 | 28 replies | 4,184 views


Release Date: 10/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Resurrecting the Aussie punk rock legends.

Lately, the Australian punk rock veterans, Bodyjar, have entered the third decade of activity. Initially an underground sensation, they have gradually widened their fan base by releasing a fair number of consistent records and touring with world renowned acts such as The Offspring, Descendents, Blink-182 or Pennywise, among many others. At the dawn of the new millennium, anyone playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 was exposed to the band's most recognizable tune, 'Not The Same', garnering recognition all around the globe. Also, dropping a couple of really strong full lengths (How It Works and Plastic Skies) on a major label, helped reaching out to wider audiences. A few years later, after putting out the darker self-titled album, the Jars have slowly faded out of the public's eye, ultimately announcing a hiatus in 2009. However, most recently, after a reunion tour, they have decided a new album was long overdue, so they returned with Role Model, their first effort in over eight years. While it isn't a step forward, this is more than just a reminder that these guys can still deliver compelling tunes.

Bodyjar have always been one of the more technical punk bands out there, churning a lot of intricate riffs, always topped by great leads. Besides the music, a lot of emphasis was put on the vocals too, as Cameron Baines, the band's unsung hero, has strongly improved his delivery over the years. Fortunately, on Role Model, all these trademark features are present in top notch form, as if the eight-year gap never existed. Moreover, the band bridges the gap between the harder edged early material, represented by No Touch Red and even Rimshot to a certain extent, with the aforementioned more accessible 00s efforts. The best examples of this fusion would be 'Fairytales' and the title track, which constantly switch gears within the structure, while also focusing on the melody.

Other highlights include 'Stranglehold', a tune that could easily find its place on the self-titled record. With a heavier instrumental and some urgent yet infectious vocals, this is one of the most memorable tunes Bodyjar have penned since How It Works back in 2000. Meanwhile, 'Together Alone' and 'Hope Was Leaving' are undeniably catchy and really pack a punch. The latter features Lagwagon's Joey Cape singing alongside Cameron, bringing to mind the revival/golden days of the genre in the mid-to-late 90s. Even if these are more immediate, the rest of the record doesn't disappoint. Upon a few listens, each track will reveal its charm.

In the end, even if Role Model isn't a step forward for these guys, it doesn't need to be. Bodyjar are so good at what they've been doing for over twenty years now, they could easily keep the same formula for decades to come and still drop decent records. Since it's the first collection of new material after such a long break, it does its best to remind why these Aussies never should've disbanded in the first place. They are better than a big number of bands in the genre who enjoy a lot more success, yet in order to stay true to themselves, the Jars have returned to indie labels, even though being mainstream only helped them polish their skills.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So happy these guys have finally started making records again.

Stream Role Model here - http://themusic.com.au/listen/all/2013/10/17/exclusive-bodyjar-role-model/

Role Model - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfFntmhvZvE
Stranglehold - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXe4HvFno2o
Together Alone - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkOu2pRoYaI
Fairytales (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jzKEQDutUI
Hope Was Leaving (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfFGvDSmsGY

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dgrona
October 19th 2013



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so much better than i thought it would be. stoked.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had high hopes and they delivered. It's a strong comeback.

ThenamesTrenton
October 19th 2013



88 Comments


AWWW YEAH

Vicho
October 19th 2013



135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Excellent comeback.
Bodyjar is so fucking underrated. How It Works is one of the best Pop Punk albums ever.

And this, one of the best albums of 2013. Better than I expected.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So true. These guys make such great music, they slay their peers. I remember obsessing over their discography some years ago. How It Works and Plastic Skies are amazing.
It sucks they haven't released it on a label with a wider range of distribution.

Ecnalzen
October 19th 2013



5859 Comments


Never heard of this band. Might have to give them a listen.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You have to listen to these guys, they are amazing. This record is a good starting point, however you mustn't skip How It Works and Plastic Skies.

Ecnalzen
October 19th 2013



5859 Comments


I am listening to their greatest hits right now. This isn't up for streaming yet as far as I have seen.

The songs on the greatest hits are really good so far, but I don't know what songs are from what album, lol.

Ecnalzen
October 19th 2013



5859 Comments


Damn, they have a super crunchy guitar tone going on. I love it.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The stream must have been taken down. Initially it was available only on October 17, but yesterday still worked. They have a good sound indeed.

The album was uploaded on Youtube by UNFD.

Ecnalzen
October 19th 2013



5859 Comments


Ah, I see. It looks like they are all on here, but they are individual videos and instead of just one full stream.

Only 4 popped up when I first searched for it. Once I clicked on a video, they all popped up in the suggested videos side bar.

This is great. Glad I clicked on this!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to hear you dig these guys!

Ecnalzen
October 19th 2013



5859 Comments


Dammmmnnnnnn...

Almost all of their albums are imports and are crazy expensive for new copies.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, they've been out of print for a while until EMI Australia started distributing again.

Spare
October 20th 2013



5223 Comments


not the same jam of a lifetime

tommygun
October 20th 2013



21345 Comments


sweet dug their jams on the kelly slater xbox game might jam

trainofconsequence
October 20th 2013



1420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might check this out

WhiteNoise
October 20th 2013



2881 Comments


About to check this out

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osmark86
October 21st 2013



2986 Comments


damn, didn't know they were still a band.

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