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Bodyjar is an Australian punk rock/pop punk band based in Melbournemarker, which has been together since 1994, when they changed their name from 'Helium'.

The current lineup includes only two original members - vocalist/guitarist Cameron Baines and bassist Grant Relf. Guitarist Tom Read and drummer Shane Wakker complete the current line up. Tom replaced founding member Ben Petterson who left before How It Works and in early 2004 Shane replaced long-time drummer Ross Heatherington who had been with the band since original drummer Charles Zerafa left after recording the drums on Take A Look Inside.

Bodyjar would gain universal recoginition as early as 1995, while touring with Pennywise and Blink-182. The band would follow up with a tour of Canada, Japan, and the U.S. the following year, promoting the 'Rimshot' album. Their third album, 'No Touch Red' was recorded the following year in Montreal over 12 days. Guitarist Ben Peterson would leave the band following the 1999 Big Day Out Festival with Marilyn Manson, Hole and Korn. Facing an impending breakup, the band added Tom Read of 180 Discord to the lineup. That year Bodyjar would also sign with EMI/Capitolmarker, having completed 33 song demos for their upcoming release. Though independent for the majority of their career, Bodyjar released two studio albums for EMI/Capitolmarker in the early 2000’s. The first album for the major, How It Works, reached the top 20 on the Australian ARIAnet albums chart in 2000 and achieved gold sales (35,000 copies). The album’s first single "Not the Same" was also featured in a Pepsi campaign and the video games Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 and MX Superfly. After their second major label album Plastic Skies and a retrospective featuring new and rare material failed to build on the success of How It Works, Bodyjar have since begun anew with their old label Shock Records, starting with 2005’s self-titled album. In May of 2004, however, Ross Hetherington would leave the band while on tour with The Offspring. Hetherington was temporarily replaced for the tour's duration by Gordy Forman of Frenzal Rhomb until Shane Wakker of the band Channel 3 and dance troop named 'The Nazi Synthesizers'. Shane from the Victorianmarker town of Moemarker, was named the group's permanent drummer later that year.

Despite having their commercial peak seemingly behind them, Bodyjar remain a major attraction on the all-ages circuit in Australia, and continue to tour and play festivals. Selections from their discography have also been repackaged and released for the American and Japanese markets, where they have consolidated live followings.

At the beginning of 2007, Baines and Wakker launched their new harder-edged side project now called Cola Wars, a moniker which Baines has used for various projects since 1999. Mark Brunott (Automan/The Volume Ten) and Mikey Juler (ex-For Amusement Only) complete the lineup. Released demo 'Denim Warrior' in Dec 07. The band have played under other pseudonyms over the last year including Daughters of the Rich and William Shatner's Dacks. Cola Wars are currently working on an full length album to be released in 2009.

Also Read and Relf, have their own side project know as Burn The City. Partnered with Harish Chabria and Pete Cerni, their debut self titled album is available through Dstar records.

According to the official Bodyjar website, as of the 10th of January 2008, a new album "looks to be shaping up for late in the year".

The band announced on September 4, 2009 that they would be be calling it quits after a farewell tour.

Discography

Albums

Studio Albums



Live Albums



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EPs



References

  1. http://www.bombshellzine.com/newspage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4464


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