31st December 2016
Words by Laura La Rosa
Cover image credit to Matt Warrell
If you happen to be scrounging around for an epic band that addresses mental health, rape culture, and some of the nuances of millennial life in a neo-liberal society, then look no further than Melbourne-based, three-piece outfit that is Camp Cope.
The band formed almost seamlessly less than two years ago with vocalist Georgia Maq flipping the most trivial on its head into profound and glorified anecdotes. As if dipped in a post-nineties punk-esque sub-culture then splashed in third wave feminism, Maq’s vocal melodies have you waiting with full expectation that she’ll surely go out of tune any second. Instead, Maq more than nails the contrary (every time) leaving you singing, bopping along and saluting all things gen-y.
Featured on their debut, the track Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams captures this sentiment beautifully. Opening with “I’m not gonna climb a ladder for the rest of my life”, it serves as a melodic call-to-arms to stick it to ‘the man’ and unlearn everything imposed on us about safety stigma and victim-blaming. The track then draws attention to the notion of conspiracy, pointing to the authorities of society as beneficiaries of a system that seeks to selectively make us feel unsafe, while controlling us simultaneously.
Similarly is the band’s post-LP track Keep Growing, of which I’ve had on repeat since they dropped it last month. Keep Growing, in all its simplicity, is the perfect tune for fans on the cusp (or in the midst) of marvelling in self-liberation. It gives the bird to the inflicted pressures from those who once had unwarranted influence on us, as both a literal and metaphoric manifesto for those making no apologies for personal growth and thriving body hair.
Just as evident as the LP’s fierce undertones is the layers of anguish and vulnerability - namely, the track titled Lost (Season One) is a heart wrenching number that divulges the grief experienced by lovers drifting apart and reluctantly leaving each other behind.
With any luck we’ll be hearing a lot more from Camp Cope in 2017 and beyond. In the meantime, feast your ears on this lovely Triple J Like A Version recording: