Fair to say that it’s been a banner year for sweet Melbourne champions Camp Cope, who have smashed everything they’ve touched in a calendar year otherwise full to the brim of interminable shite.
Since releasing their debut self-titled album in April (!!!) of this year, the three-piece outfit has picked up an ocean of thoroughly-deserved praise not only for the LP (it’s very good), but for their live shows (also good), and strong and present voice regarding sexual and social behaviours at shows and in public (extremely good).
From a rollicking record release show at The Curtin back in April, to selling out the Northcote Social Club in literal minutes, to lead songwriter Georgia Maq playing a debut solo overseas show in a sweaty library in Florida to a packed crowd of grinning goofs (I was there, it was *wonderful*), the band’s past 6-months are seriously something to be envied.
And as Australian music awards season is rolling around, the industry is dutifully recognising the efforts of the ridiculously hard-working trio. Maq, along with bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and drummer Sarah Thompson picked up the Best Emerging Act award at last night’s The Age Music Victoria Awards. Later today, their self-titled LP is up for Australian Album of the Year at the annual J Awards, standing alongside fellow nominees and heavy hitters like The Avalanches, Flume, SAFIA, and Violent Soho.
To celebrate, the band has released their first bit of new music since the album release, with the new single ‘Keep Growing‘ officially hitting them internets as of right now.
A staple of their set since debuting it a few months ago, the typically thoughtful tune deals with “society’s skewed standards,” and is an ABSOLUTE CORKER of a tune.
If you feel like slapping down a few dollarydoos for the standalone single, it’ll be available via all the standard places through Poison City Records from tomorrow, Friday the 18th.
The song itself is taken from an as-yet undetailed upcoming release.
The trio also has a whole mess of upcoming live dates, including slots on the Laneway and Golden Plains festivals, and a coupla spots supporting US chums Modern Baseball in January.
All the live giggo details can be found over at their Facebook page.
Hell yes, Camp Cope. You wonderful, wonderful humans.
Photo: Matt Warrell, Camp Cope/Facebook.