This past Saturday, Australian-bred band Camp Cope stopped at the Church for a sold-out show with Philly locals Thin Lips and New York’s Oceanator. Their set featured cameos from Kiley Lotz of Petal, members of Thin Lips, and Elise Okusami of Oceanator. Playing through most of their two LPs and throwing in a new solo song from frontperson Goergia Maq, there wasn’t a slow moment in their performance. Clearly having developed a dedicated following of their catchy, complex rock while also handling tough topics with their lyrics, the Melbourne three-piece showed off the power their songs have, even halfway across the world from their hometown. Continue reading →
The last time Australian punk trio Camp Cope was in town, their second LP How To Socialise and Make Friends was brand new and they played back-to-back sold-out shows at PhilaMOCA on a co-headlining run with Petal. Now they’re back for round two: a headlining show in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Saturday, April 27th. Continue reading →
Camp Cope is the kind of band that, when they release new material, you know you need to listen right away — not only because their songs are gorgeously crafted and just the right amount of catchy, but because there’s an urgency to Georgia Maq and crew’s music, a sense of importance that can’t be ignored. Luckily, our wait for new Camp Cope tunes is over. How To Socialise & Make Friends is out now via Run For Cover Records, and it’s the Australian trio’s most powerful release yet.
To go along with the album, the band announced a run of U.S. tour dates, which launch Thursday, June 21st at PhilaMOCA in Fishtown. Scrantonian indie rock singer-songwriter Petal joins them, and more information on the gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
When I woke up yesterday, my plans for the evening were about the same as most Tuesday nights so far this summer: Go to work, leave around nine and get home in time to watch the Phillies lose. Then I saw the news that Melbourne, Australia’s best punk rockers, Camp Cope, were headlining a last-minute gig at the Trocadero Balcony — last night. If the punk rock gods were kind enough, I maybe hada chance to make it in time for Camp Cope’s set, the last of a four-band bill.
I made it. It was as great as expected. I am sorry to Kississippi, Who Loves You and Larry Nodder, the first three acts of the night. Work commitment kept me away just long enough to miss you all. I’m sure you were great, and I’m hopeful any readers in attendance can attest to such an assumption in the comments.
Considering my attendance was as impulsive as the show itself, I did not record the order of the setlist. I can recall at least five numbers from the band’s lone LP — “Done,” “Lost (Season One),” “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” “Trepidation” and “Stove Lighter” — two from their more recent split with Cayetana — “Keep Growing,” “Footscray Station” — and, as pointed out in this Facebook-comment fan video, one new song. Whatever order those songs were played in doesn’t matter because what they sounded like was near-perfect. Continue reading →
Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2. The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →
Well, friends — the day has finally arrived. Philly’s favorite punk trio has gifted your patient waiting by dropping an early online stream of their new record, New Kind of Normal, over at Hype Machine. And gosh dang, what a gift this is.
Cayetana’s new album does not disappoint in the slightest, as the record’s twelve songs weave a beautifully powerful rollercoaster narrative where the band faces adversity and personal struggle with a resilient roundhouse kick to the face. Continue reading →