It might seem like all news is bad news these days, but there is some good news to be had. Bodyjar have reached their 10 Year Anniversary and to celebrate the boys have put together the definitive collection of their music - Jarchives.
In 1994 the flannel clad rock of Seattle was sweeping the world, bringing newly regenerated angst to teens everywhere. In the same year, on the other side of the globe, a bunch of friends with a love of Dag Nasty and Nursery Crimes were putting together their own garage band. Faster and harder than their grunge contemporaries, they borrowed flavours from 70's and 80's punk rock and even some influences from metal to create a new sound. In the decade that followed local music scene remained fluid as styles rose and fell and the "hot new thing" changed every week.
There have been only a few certainties in Melbourne - the trams will always run, football will always be king and Bodyjar will keep on making good records. From humble beginnings at the Tote in Collingwood to the massive stages in Korea , North America and Japan, Bodyjar have stayed true to their roots.
1n 1998, Ben Petersen left the band to follow other interests, which was good news for young guitarist Tom Read who slotted smoothly in to Bens position. Line-up changes are so often the case for a band that is continually evolving and maturing. And mature they have. 1994's Take A Look Inside was a full throttle, new skool punk rock romp as the Jar poured out their youthful enthusiasm.
Five studio albums later Bodyjar had cemented their love for melody with Plastic Skies. Between the two records is the natural evolution of a band that is determined to stay fresh but equally as fixed on delivering their fans, the raw energy that they have rightly come to expect. 10 years is a massive effort for any band when fans and the industry can be equally fickle. Whilst other bands have reached their demise (either timely or otherwise), Bodyjar has been writing, recording and performing music for a decade now. There will be no quick cash in or sell out for the Jar. As long as the world keeps handing them fodder for their music, the social commentaries will keep coming. As long as there is love and loss, the Jar will be there to put your feelings to music. Here's to a great decade for Bodyjar. Their first but hopefully not their last.