Camp Cope have become somewhat of a force in music since forming in a Melbourne backyard over home job tattoos a few years ago.
Shortly after the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut album, Camp Cope launched the It Takes One campaign to say enough is enough: no more sexual and physical assault at shows. The widely-covered campaign continues to drive conversation around safe spaces at live music events, including the implementation of an ongoing safe spaces Hotline initiative at Laneway Festival in Australia.
They share this experience on their acclaimed sophomore album How to Socialise & Make Friends (2018). It features the standout ‘The Opener’, a rally cry which called the music industry to task on its sexist and inequitable structures.
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.