Cam Baines of Bodyjar: “We thought we had a good album, but we ended up scrapping about half of it”

(Image credit: Farley Webb)

Across almost three decades, Bodyjar have cultivated a dedicated fanbase both at home and overseas, utilising a tight regimen of blistering touring and unadulterated live shows. The Melbourne legends’ brand of no‑holds-barred punk has cemented them as one of Australia’s gold standards in the genre, notable not just in their live performances, but in their eight studio albums – a catalogue set to expand with a ninth album next month.

Though it’s been dubbed New Rituals, the release isn’t exactly new Bodyjar. The band, as they tell Australian Guitar, actually made a return to the energetic tones and upbeat rhythms on which they cut their teeth all those years ago. It’s a touch of the old mixed with the new, produced by the band alongside Sam Johnson, whose production resume boasts name like Northlane, Luca Brasi and Camp Cope, among others. Throw in mixing duties by Steve Evetts (New Found Glory, Architects), and you’ve got yourself a whopping serve of tasty Bodyjar delights. 

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