Camp Cope: The changing face of what's normal

They called out festivals for lacking female artists.They campaigned against sexual assault at gigs.They got trolled for trying to make a difference. Marc Fennell chats with CAMP COPE.

Posted by The Feed SBS VICELAND on Thursday, July 12, 2018

Australian rock trio Camp Cope spoke with Marc Fennell on The Feed SBS Viceland about the criticism they have received from men in the music industry and how they’re changing the face of music by calling out festivals for not having enough female acts on their lineups and campaigning against sexual assault. The band gained popularity after dropping their single, “The Opener” off their 2016 debut album, How to Socialize and Make Friends, which is about men in the industry telling the band they can’t fill bigger rooms, even though they’re performing at Sydney Opera House, Australia’s most notorious venue.

In the interview, Camp Cope discusses how the lyrics in “The Opener” were “direct quotes” from men (“Yeah, just get a female opener, that’ll fill the quota”). Even after they were selling out shows, Camp Cope was still being criticized and told what to do. Lead singer Georgia Maq got personal and talked about the track, “The Face of God,” which is about an experience of sexual assault. She said she was nervous to include it in the album at first because she was afraid people would think she was only “doing it for attention,” but felt less afraid in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Camp Cope is currently on a US co-headlining tour with Petal. For more information, check out their website.