Camp Cope – Live at Metro Theatre, Sydney Australia – March 23, 2018 – Triple J Radio, Australia –
Camp Cope in concert tonight – recorded at Metro Theatre in Sydney by Triple J and broadcast on March 23, 2018. Founded in 2015, the group consists of singer, songwriter and guitarist Georgia “Georgia Maq” McDonald, lead bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich, and drummer Sarah “Thomo” Thompson. Camp Cope are signed with independent Melbourne label Poison City Records – where Thompson also works, and independent Boston label Run For Cover Records distributes their releases in North America and Europe.
Their eponymous debut album, released in April 2016, reached the top 40 in the ARIA Albums Chart, and was nominated for a J Award for Australian Album of the Year. They were also nominated in six categories at the inaugural National Live Music Awards and won the ‘Heatseeker Award’. Website Faster Louder choose Camp Cope’s self-titled debut album as their Album of the Year for 2016. The group also won Best Emerging Act at the 2016 The Age Music Victoria Awards. In 2019, Happy Mag placed them at no.3 on their list of “The 15 Australian female artists changing the game right now”.
Camp Cope has been described as “part Courtney Barnett, part Juliana Hatfield”, and “melodic, uplifting and aching”. The band describes themselves as “power emo”.
Like many artists of late, Camp Cope are politically active and their message is one of consciousness raising. Not that it’s anything new or unusual; it’s been part of our musical landscape for many decades – Camp Cope put their money where their mouth is and are committed to change in our current society. In 2016, they led a campaign dedicated to preventing and reporting incidents at concerts and festivals called It Takes One. Through this, they put out t-shirts saying ‘The Person Wearing This T-shirt Stands Against Sexual Assault And Demands A Change.’ Many other artists such as Courtney Barnett, Chris Farren, DZ Deathrays, Ecca Vandal, Dune Rats and Alex Lahey have worn the shirt in support.
While playing the Falls Festival in 2017, Camp Cope changed the lyrics of their song “The Opener” to reflect the lack of female artists playing the festival.
Have a listen.
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