REVIEW // Camp Cope – Keep Growing

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There are many a good things about Camp Cope. Case in point, they’ve been drowning in nominations and awards this year, from the J Awards to the National Live Music Awards to the Music Victoria Awards.

But their standout quality, and what I believe is a key reason for the rise to success following the release of their debut album in April this year, are their truly relatable songs. They consistently hit a nerve point of, “Hey, this is me!”. They’re like a “How normal are you” Buzzfeed article or a Fuckjerry Instagram account personified into a band. The warm tones of Georgia Maq are certainly as instantly gratifying as a clickbait article.

Exhibit A. The story of everyone’s lives exist in these lyrics:
“Still can’t decide whether I wanna waste money or waste my time”.
“I never wanna do anything.”
“Maybe I haven’t learned anything.”


As always, the lyrics in their newest song ‘Keep Growing’ are thinking-out-loud, reflective on lyf. If song writing is therapeutic, Camp Cope’s brand of song writing is a particularly strong drug. The lethargy of the lyrics is mirrored by apathetic drums and lazy guitar riffs. Georgia Maq, Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and Sarah Thompson’s all-female take on traditional rock sensibilities is certainly a breath of fresh air.

As they continue to release captivatingly somber music, the question is how long we can keep them a hidden local secret before they take the world.


Based in: Melbourne, Australia.
Upcoming album: A Split 7″ with Cayetana out January 2017, via Poison City Records. 
Sounds like:
Ceres, Gretta Ray, The Smith Street Band
Say what? Camp Cope led an awesome video campaign around sexual assault at gigs (and anywhere, for that matter) called It Takes One.


Jane loves watching birds sit, getting lit af with the fam, and that type of laughing when it hurts and you can't breathe.

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