Bodyjar - Role Model

Bodyjar - Role Model

Best Enjoyed: A few beers that were bought from the money you found in that wallet-chain monstrosity at the pub.

It has been a long 3 years since we have experienced anything from the Melbourne pop-punk pioneers Bodyjar, and the side project Cola Wars never really filled the void that was left from such a hiatus, and with their eighth studio release Role Model, Bodyjar is proving that time heals all wounds and that they have returned stronger and more resilient than ever.

Role Model explodes off the mark, providing fast and thick pop-punk tracks that’s reminiscent of Bodyjar’s younger years, where their newer styling’s of large rock ballads are hung up to dry. Petty Problems opens proudly with patented riffs and lyrics that Cameron Baines is renowned for, asking the listener if they have taken things for granted and if they don’t mind knowing that everything will be ok. This alone should be a perfect reminder in what it was that we enjoyed from the Melbourne four-piece, the heart that’s attached to breakneck momentum, which is present heavily throughout the album. Tracks like Fairytales, Natural Selection and Stranglehold are the greatest examples.

Bodyjar has invested into Role Model with a new outlook as opposed to before, with Tom Larkin on production duties and fresh from a very successful touring stint with The Descendents, they welcome in friends in the likes of Joey Cape from Lagwagon and Ahren Stringer from The Amity Affliction to share in vocal duties. This provides an eclectic formula of passion colliding with brazen intensity, creating the musical equivalent of a new lease on life. This syncs in perfectly with a production quality that feels truly spacious, loud and brimming with tone, creating a new platform for both old and new fans to agree upon.

It’s actually quite nice listening to this album, as I’m (as well as your lovely self) instantly reminiscent of what made Bodyjar so great and reminded also of how I fell in love with their attitude and sound in the first place. This album is exactly what is needed at this point in time, when the world is rife with mediocrity and stupidity, this slice of Melbourne glory is refreshing, exciting and fun. Role Model truly feels like an accomplishment, as it feels more than just a collection of pop-punk tunes but rather the spirited energy that explodes from mosh pits and passionate yelling. Who knew it took a bunch of seasoned veterans to remind us of what we had missed for so long? Jeez.
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