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Empowering Australian indie punk trio Camp Cope have announced an 11-date UK tour this September. Last September saw them play a sold out Tufnell Park Dome at their first ever London show, having upgraded from the smaller room after they sold it out in a matter of hours.

Camp Cope have become somewhat of a force in music since forming in a Melbourne backyard over home job tattoos a few years ago. They’re a band whose work far extends that which happens on stage, or in the recording studio. They use their resilience and strength to fight for the betterment for the music industry and related communities, and have proven that they aren’t afraid to put their heads on the chopping block to do so.

They share this experience on their acclaimed second album ‘How to Socialise & Make Friends”, which was released in 2018. It features the standout opener ‘The Opener’, a rally cry which called the music industry to task on its sexist and inequitable structures, and ‘The Face of God’, a harrowing account of sexual assault at the hands of someone whose art you admire.

On ‘How To Socialise…’, Sarah Thompson lays powerful drumlines that rise steady, laying a foundation for Kelly Hellmrich’s driving, winding bass riffs (that exclusively centre around the G and D strings – much to the dismay of men in basements around the world). Their watertight rhythm provides the platform from which singer and guitarist Georgia McDonald stands with strength and ferocity, taking listeners on a trip through the pages of a personal diary, thriving in the uncomfortable and the unspoken.

The energy at a Camp Cope show is rare. Not just because they write good songs that have the audience on their feet. They’re a band that takes action – they say no, they stand their ground, they take up space, and the audience can feel the power from those words. They unite in a space that is truly equal as they scream back every word, arms in the air, veins pulsating. You can feel it in the air. It doesn’t just feel a show – it feels like an uprising.

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Camp Cope’s newest album How To Socialise & Make Friends released on March 2nd 2018. The follow up to their 2016 self-titled debut kicks off with the instantly remarkable bass line of “The Opener,” an explosive diatribe against the sexist double standards of the music industry at large. What follows the lead single are a collection of songs that anchor on the cycles of life, loss and growth through resilience and those moments of finding and being yourself. The second album from the Australian trio hums with rage and retribution, executed with biting specificity and vast emotional range by singer Georgia Maq.

Throughout the nine songs on How To Socialise & Make Friends it becomes clear that if their debut was the flame, this is Camp Cope rising from the ashes, stronger and more focused than ever. Camp Cope wrote How to Socialise before the #MeToo movement really took off. But reckonings don’t just fall out of the sky, and not since the alt-rock boom of the ’90s has music felt more ripe for a revolution. Camp Cope’s windswept punk feels both retro and right now, like Courtney Barnett covering Tigers Jaw covering Ani DiFranco. Their sound is jangly but unpolished, folky but not crunchy. Maq’s voice, decorated with Australian diphthongs, ably meanders from shouty to soft, conjuring an inexplicable mashup of Joe Strummer and Joni Mitchell.

‘Sagan-Indiana’ track taken from ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ LP/CD/Digital via Poison City Records.

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It’s a sad fact that whenever anyone goes to a gig, they run a very real risk of being assaulted, attacked, or harmed in some way. While it’s not a new trend, the modern age we live in allows for these heinous acts to receive greater attention, and thankfully allows for those responsible to be called out and brought to justice.

As we reported earlier this year, numerous artists, such as Melbourne’s Camp Cope, have joined the #ItTakesOne campaign, intended to make everyone more safe at gigs. Camp Cope’s end goal is obviously to see this behaviour stamped out completely, but the #ItTakesOne campaign’s first step is to ensure that environments exist in which this behaviour is not tolerated at all. With the rising popularity of the campaign, we’re becoming ever-closer to a point in which we will hopefully never have to hear about people being assaulted at gigs.

Let’s not pretend there is a more socially impactful band in Australia right now than Camp Cope are knocking down the interior walls of the Australian music industry and renovating it with sledgehammers, Australia’s most melodic bass player, and a brand-new blueprint. This is a band that refuses to settle for anything less than revolution, and you’re going to hear about it on their second album. Expect broadened subject matter – devastatingly smart songs about friendship and about coping with loss, in addition to a entire fistful of middle fingers raised at all those who stand against. Camp Cope

Camp Cope / Cayetana Split Single release

Alongside two sold-out performances as part of Vivid LIVE last year, Camp Cope filmed their new single ‘The Opener’ live in the stunning Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House. The Melbourne punk trio are no strangers to confronting contemporary issues head on, and their latest single does just that. The alt-rockers are now preparing for a March tour in support of their forthcoming sophomore album, How To Socialise & Make Friends. The video shows Camp Cope playing against views of Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanic Garden, the vibrant tapestry of Utzon’s own design which adorns the western wall, and the dramatic concrete beams of the sails across the ceiling.