Camp Cope @ The Zoo

Sweaty, heartfelt indie punk

Camp Cope are one of those bands that is almost impossible not to love.They played to a sold out room at The Zoo, which was a clear indicator that plenty of other people were in that same, undeniable love boat. 

Opening the night was Brisbane locals Sweater Curse, who brought their indie rock sound to the stage in what was a pretty long set for a local support. The drummer was hard hitting and timed every note to perfection, even with their ever changing time signatures and changing feels. Slightly depressing but still groovy, they set the overall tone for the evening with their slow burning rock ballads and nice boy girl harmonies.

All the way from the USA, Worriers took to the stage next. The double headline between them and Camp Cope was a match made in heaven, and their melodic punk rock sound drew in the already packed audience to the front of the stage. Lead singer Lauren Denitzio sung through her set with the velocity of a seasoned professional, and the other members of the band all performed with great energy and stage prescence. Playing mostly songs from their new record due to be released this week, tracks like The Possibility and Future Me were definite crowd winners. 

By the time Camp Cope came on the stage the Zoo had turned into a sardine carton, with barely any room to breathe. However, the men who had attended the last Camp Cope show had seemed to had learned their lesson and were lingering at the back of the room - the front was definitely the place to be for females and non-binary people. They powered through their set with limited stage banter, the usual set list of songs like Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams, Flesh and Electricity, Done and West Side Story encouraged a sing-a-long to most songs by the obvious fans in the crowd. Newer track Keep Growing made an appearance near the end, and was flanked by an awkward thankyou by front woman Georgia Maq  before finishing off with Lost: Season One

Camp Cope are a band to put on your must see list, and it will be good once we hear some more tunes from them. We don't know what else they're capable of, but it's about damn time to find out. 

Olivia Shoesmith

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