Posts Tagged ‘Camp Cope’

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, stripes

If you’re hoping to score some life tips from Camp Cope’s sophomore LP How To Socialise & Make Friends, you might want to look elsewhere.

“It’s not like an instructional album. Like I don’t know how to socialise or make friends,” frontwoman Georgia Maq admits . The Melbourne trio are about to follow their acclaimed, self-titled debut with a record that’s even more raw than the first, if that’s even possible.

“In the last one we had like a couple a harmonies and like a gang vocal and this one is just like fully stripped back, there’s nothing,” Georgia says. “Everything was done just really quickly, how we like it, and I think I don’t care as much for this album. I don’t care what people think.

“I care less because I’m happy with what we’ve done and so anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.”

When she says “really quickly”, she means it. The album was written in a couple of months, and recorded in just two days (though half a day longer than the first). In fact, drummer Sarah ‘Thommo’ Thompson says she booked the tour for this album before a single word was written.

“[We] went ‘Uh oh, now we have to record it’ and we just went to the same place we did last time, just booked two days with nothing written knowing that if we didn’t have dates to aim for we wouldn’t do it,” Thomo says.

The album is totally done now, though we’ll have to wait until March to hear it.


Camp Cope the band:

gmaq – vocals/guitar
kelly- lead bass
thomo – drums

Pre Oreders for ‘HOW TO SOCIALISE & MAKE FRIENDS now if you’re in australia, hit up to check out the different colour options, along with this lovely tee designed by Celeste Potter, & the first ever camp cope stickers. friends throughout the rest of the world! run for cover have a different range of colours for you to choose from over at available to order now. thanks so much to everyone who’s helped make this possible, we are stoked for you to hear it



Image result for camp cope,

Camp Cope have made a fiery comeback with the first taste of their upcoming second album.

The empowering punk trio pretty much instantly found their musical voice – loud, fearless, sincere – on their self-titled debut album (which was nominated for a 2016 J Award).

Now we get ‘The Opener’, Camp Cope’s first new music since last year’s ‘Keep Growing’, which doesn’t mess much with the sound you’re used to but it does cement their status as a vital voice in the music scene as they simultaneously call out the hypocrisies within it. ‘The Opener’ bites back at the phoneys in a male-dominated industry who’ve told the band to do things every other which way but their own.

“It’s another all-male tour preaching equality,” bellows singer-guitarist Georgia Maq in a line dripping with acerbic determination; her cutting lyrics coiling around Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich’s mercurial bass melodies and Sarah Thompsons’ sturdy rhythmic backing.

The song is also the first taste of Camp Cope’s upcoming second full-length record. No title or release date yet but the LP is due sometime in 2018 (via Poison City Records)

CAMP COPE ‘The Opener’. Taken from forthcoming 2018 album – via Run For Cover (EU/UK/USA) and Poison City (Australia/ NZ/ Asia).

Camp Cope have inked a deal with Run For Cover Records.

The first move for the Aussies on their new home will be to co-release the band’s self-titled debut album with their domestic label Poison City Records in North America for the first time.

Live footage from Crowbar, Brisbane.

You’ll be able to get your hands on that stateside from 8th September.

CAMP COPE – ” Keep Growing “

Posted: March 28, 2017 in MUSIC

Image result for camp cope

Camp Cope had a big year last year with a superb album, and they’re wasting no time getting started on 2017, announcing this morning one very cool tour of the East Coast of Australia with the excellent Cable Ties – plus a secret show for good measure.

Calling it a “four and a half” date tour, with their post-punk supports,

Not only that, but they’ve got a split 7″ record with US outfit Cayetana now available through Poison City Records, featuring their new single ‘Keep Growing’ on one side, and a rework of frontwoman Georgia Maq’s solo effort ‘Footscray Station’ on the other. Footscray Station is a great song. Still great with this full band version.


Image result for camp cope

What’s most startling about this Melbourne, Australia trio Camp Cope’s self-titled debut is not its collection of tightly played and written indie rock songs. It’s the sneaking, sinking feeling you get from pouring through someone’s well-hidden diary while listening to the damn thing.

In the record’s eight tracks, singer Georgia Maq lets us in far past the point of oversharing; her frustration, fear and grief expressed in “Lost (Season One)” and “Song for Charlie,” delivered through her thick Aussie accent and complemented by her bandmates’ ragtag percussion, it all feels like the kind of things we learn to keep locked up in private. You could call that radical transparency, or tenderness, or both. But it makes for startlingly good singalong fodder. Particularly impressive is Maq’s pen. Her knack for reworking lengthy, unwieldy thoughts like “I’ve been desensitized to the human body / I could look at you naked and all I’d see would be anatomy” (“Flesh and Electricity”) into effortless hooks is demonstrated all across Camp Cope, through songs that tackle sexual harassment, personal tragedy. But through its heavy subject matter, Camp Cope’s inaugural statement of a debut album is, above the mud and murk, to persist and survive

In the same way Benji was about “death” and 69 Love Songs was about “love,” Camp Cope’s enthralling debut is an album about “shame.” There are dozens of times where Georgia Maq, leader of this Melbourne trio, recognizes the subtle way shame has goes viral in real time, tinting and tainting almost every one of her interactions: The discomfort and depression she feels after passing by a homeless man in the park, getting catcalled at a construction yard or busking in the streets. Each encounter is processed as a projection of her emotional state or payback for the original sin of having been born. Maq’s emotional intelligence is off the charts here, but in that aspect, she might admit she’s too smart for her own good.

On “Flesh & Electricity,” Maq exhales, “I’ve been desensitized to the human body/I could look at you naked and all I’d see would be anatomy,” like she just might sink so far into her couch that she disappears. When she modulates the chorus a few steps higher, she sounds even wearier; the effect is like watching someone force a smile in a crushingly repetitive job. It’s perhaps the saddest of Camp Cope’s eight songs because it was inspired by her actually trying to do good in the world; Maq worked as a nurse during the writing process of Camp Cope, but her altruism might have just been shame management: “My father says it’s atonement for my reckless years,” she says in “Flesh & Electricity.”

Camp Cope’s sound is, increasingly, the sound of indie rock today: a divergence from the too-cool VUthe FallPavement lineage that embraces the effusive, empathic and emphatic qualities of emo, with some pop-punk (Tigers Jaw and UV Race are namedropped in “Stove Lighter,” WHY? is paraphrased in “West Side Story”) and a social awareness that negates any of the aforementioned’s previously questionable politics. You can tell from the stock chord progressions and loudly projected vocals that Camp Cope used to be Maq’s solo project, but if it’s folky at all, it resembles the superlyrical the Front Bottoms or the Mountain Goats rather than any roots music.

It’s a testament to Camp Cope’s unique magnetism that they never cheat towards the catharsis typically expected to balance out such heavy subject matter. They often use deadpan humor instead: “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams” references nutball 9/11 conspiracy theories, but uses it as part of a pattern where any authority condescends to you, whether it comes from the NRA (“the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun”) or the victim-blaming inherent in most sexual assault investigations.

The most powerful moments on Camp Cope come when Maq shows a willingness to take some kind of power back after being talked down to her entire life, by parents, by teachers, by partners (“Hey, I was looking for a reason to leave and it’s you”), friends and peers in the punk community. There are no revelatory epiphanies for Maq, just valuable growth spurts that feel like acceptance. In “West Side Story,” Maq gets closest to the “survive and advance” thesis statement of Camp Cope:  “It all comes down to the knowledge that we’re gonna die/find comfort in that or be scared for the rest of your life.”




Pairing gentle indie-punk with no-holds-barred lyricism, Camp Cope’s debut self-titled record has been a highlight, even in a year as musically outstanding as 2016. And considering they’ve not even left their homeland of Australia for a show this year, that’s no small feat. The band have just released a new song “Keep Growing” please give it a listen here.

Instead of the usual cycle (tour, release some music, tour, tour, and tour some more) their rise has been perpetuated almost entirely by word of mouth down under. Whether it’s bands like Modern Baseball, PUP and Jeff Rosenstock waxing lyrical about the band after touring with them; or gushing 140-character album reviews by people picking up on the record, the hype around the Melbourne trio has been entirely organic. That’s a rare thing for sure, but then it’s rare to find a band with the sheer songwriting ability and integrity of Camp Cope.

And being that they’re such a rare prospect, and since the album really is brilliant, we reckon its among one of the best albums of 2016.

Single out now via Poison City
Recorded & mixed by Sam Johnson @ Holes & Corners

This is the among the strongest albums I have heard in a long time. I’ve listened to it probably 10 times in the past few days and I can not get enough of it. The lyrics are powerful and the instrumentation strong. I hope people around the world will start to listen to this Australian band another from the incredible city of Melbourne, Camp Cope, and I hope I will one day get to see them tour the UK, and specifically come to my city.


It’s no surprise that Melbourne’s Camp Cope are resonating with people all over the world. The trio of Georgia Maq, Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and Sarah ‘Thomo’ Thompson have only been together for 14 months but have accomplished some incredible feats in that time. None of those feats have been more important than leading conversations surrounding safety and representation within music. Listen to Maq’s formidable vocals, set to the thundering backbone of their music and you too will be convinced – Camp Cope are a band with important things to say.

Camp Cope’s songs are notably very personal in nature with Maq, the band’s lyricist, emphasising the importance of being vulnerable within songwriting and sharing your experiences with an audience. “It’s like yoga. When you touch your toes and want to retract you instead leave it and relax into the pain, so the more you tell people these personal things the easier it is. That way your vulnerabilities become your strengths because they’re out there.”

The future for Camp Cope is certainly shaping up to be mammoth as the band talk allusively about their plans for the next six months. “We’ve got some stuff coming up that’s a different audience to what we’re used to in different settings. There’s heaps of cool stuff coming up that we can’t announce yet,” says Hellmrich.

“We’ll only be a band for a year and a half next year and we’ve got such big things planned,” adds Maq. “I’m so proud of us.”



welcome to Camp Cope,
here is a a demo.
thank you for listening

kids from my high school still ignore me when they see me busking in the city 😦 and i think they’re going somewhere to take horse tranquilliser and act like they’re too cool to be there, and they’ll still call me when they wanna get high.

those i look up to look down on me 😦 or maybe it’s just my crippling anxiety? because it’s been happening a lot lately, i think it’s got something to do with you but you make me pretty happy, i’m just whining about the same shit as yesterday.
and i would sneak him into my mothers house :/ where he would draw the things i’d talk about, and we only ever made out and listen to tigers jaw and uv race, yeah it was pretty grouse, but i gave him my old phone and he moved away.
now i read my text books like the bible, there’s something about truth that makes existence bearable, we’re sitting ’round the kitchen table, it kinda feels like family but a little more unstable, and we still have to light the stove with a lighter.
it’s kinda like i almost want you to understand this like the first time you were here, it’s kinda like i almost want you to understand me like the first time we were here.
and all this time it made sense to me why life was so unfair, because the universe don’t know and the universe don’t care. it took years to figure out everyone else had shit on their mind, and the darkness that lives inside of me looks exactly like you sometimes.
i’ll sit alone in my bedroom, hope they can’t hear me in the next room. always alone in my bedroom hoping no one can hear me.

released August 29, 2015

Poison City have a reliable nose for urgently melodic punk bands, and Camp Cope fit that bill perfectly. A Melbourne trio fronted by Footscray songwriter Georgia Maq, they recall the raw, barking release of Waxahatchee, whom they’re supporting in Melbourne this month. The terrifically named ‘Lost: Season One’ finds solace in bed-bound binge-watching and manages to squeeze in a Dogs in Space reference amid all the cutting lyrics.