Love them or hate them (the latter seems to only be applying to insecure white dudes on Facebook at the moment), there’s absolutely no denying Camp Cope’s place as one of the most prominent rising acts in the Australian music scene (and possibly the only one of these acts to be engaged in a significant amount of public political discourse). The reaction to their recently released sophomore album, ‘How to Socialise and Make Friends’, which was recorded live in just two days at a South Melbourne studio, is a testament to this.
The album debuted at #6 on the ARIA charts last week (thirty places higher than the band’s debut self-titled album landed at almost two years ago), making it the highest debut of the week – including both local and international releases. This made them one of the only three new charting positions in the Top 50, and the only in the Top 10.
Aside from its chart success, ‘How to Socialise and Make Friends’ has garnered significant critical praise. In a four-out-of-five-star review for The Guardian, Andrew Stafford labelled “the unrestrained gusto of [Georgia] McDonald” as “empowering”, predicting that “in 20 years, young women especially will approach her and thank Camp Cope for encouraging them to pick up a guitar and tell their own stories”. The album received the ‘Album of the Week’ title from numerous radio stations and music publications, including Beat Magazine, Triple R and FBi Radio, with the lattermost noting the band’s “crucial presence in Australian music, fusing dynamic and impassioned musicianship with refreshingly honest, no-bullshit lyricism.” The band has also received considerable acclaim from the likes of Cheryl Waters of KEXP and Ilana Kaplan in The Independent UK.
By the end of the week, the band will have performed three sold out shows (and a Brisbane show that is “selling fast”) as part of their current Australian tour with U.S. band Chastity Belt. The band have also gathered an eclectic lineup of local support acts (see below) to open shows in their respective cities.
CAMP COPE Australian Tour – March 2018
with special guests Chastity Belt (USA)
Wednesday 14 March – Republic Bar, Hobart SOLD OUT w/ Erica Freas
Thursday 15 March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT w/ Erica Freas
Friday 16 March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT w/ Waterfall Person
Saturday 17 March – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane w/ Kellie Lloyd (Screamfeeder)
Tickets from the venue SELLING FAST
Tuesday 20 March – Jive, Adelaide SOLD OUT w/ She’s the Band
Wednesday 21 March – The Basement, Canberra SOLD OUT w/ Moaning Lisa
Thursday 22 March – Heritage Hotel, Bulli SOLD OUT w/ The Nah
Friday 23 March – The Metro, Sydney SOLD OUT w/ Sports Bra
‘How to Socialise and Make Friends’ is out now via Poison City Records.