Camp Cope: “I really wanted to make something that I would like enjoy listening to”

Camp Cope. Credit: Nick Mckk
(Image credit: Nick Mckk)

Cutting her teeth as a busker playing heartrending emo slow-burners on a weathered acoustic guitar, it was magical to see Georgia Maq blossom into the headstrong bandleader she was destined to become with Camp Cope. Their self-titled debut was a solid introduction, beefing up Maq’s lowkey crooners with bold, scene-stealing basslines (courtesy of Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich) and punchy drums (via Sarah ‘Thomo’ Thompson). Its follow-up, 2018’s How To Socialise And Make Friends, galvanised the group as a force to be reckoned with, melding their venomous riot grrrl ethos with searing indie-rock motifs.

Though the band have kept quiet over the last four years, their artistry’s only continued to grow. Hellmrich launched her own project, Kelso, exploring a different corner of the indie bubble with her 2019 EP Always A Godmother, Never A God. That same year, Maq broke out into bubblegum pop with her shimmery, synth-driven solo record Pleaser. That experience, making such a startling detour from the style she’d spent over half her years establishing, led the frontwoman to wildly reconsider what’s possible with Camp Cope.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…

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