“as receptive and unflinching as ever” – New York Times
“Fearless, minimalist punk… But beyond the bombast, in the band’s quieter moments, singer Georgia Maq’s honest introspection feels just as powerful.” – NPR
Melbourne Australia trio Camp Cope announce their highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Running with the Hurricane’ will be released Friday 25 March via Run For Cover Records (Poison City Records in Aus). They’ve also released their new single, the title track from the album – ‘Running with the Hurricane’. The follow-up to their ARIA nominated, critically acclaimed LP, ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (2018), ‘Running with the Hurricane’ uncovers the aftermath of walking through the fire and emerging together, stronger, calmer and happier than ever before.
Named after the Redgum song of the same name – a nod to Maq’s late father, who was in the band – lead single ‘Running with the Hurricane’ is all about going through it and getting through it, about hitting rock bottom and discovering, as Maq’s soaring vocals command, “the only way out is up”. Fittingly, the title track encapsulates the album’s key theme of overcoming tension and finding light at the end of the tunnel, “I push through the pain, running with the hurricane”.
Four years on from their last full-length release, their forthcoming album ‘Running with the Hurricane’ breathes growth for the trio, both personally and professionally, and sees Camp Cope older, wiser, and more at peace with the world. ‘Running with the Hurricane’ reflects on faltered romances, secret crushes and vibrating with the confidence that makes you feel like you’re on fire. It’s about taking comfort in knowing who you are, feeling yourself and returning, always, to the city of Melbourne. If Camp Cope’s self-titled debut (2016) was the spark, and ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (2018) was the fire, ‘Running with the Hurricane’ is Camp Cope in the calm after the storm. As Maq describes it, “The first record was us diving into whatever Camp Cope created, the second album was us when we were in the thick of it, and then this album is about how we’ve come out the other side. And we’ve come out stronger, more loving, more peaceful and better friends.”
For this album the band spent longer in the studio, taking the time to fine tune every aspect of the album and layer in piano, backing vocals and additional guitar. Working with engineer Anna Laverty at Sing Sing Recording Studios, who produced the album alongside Maq, the trio were able to create something with the overall plan of, as bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich notes, “just do something that makes us happy and might make other people feel good too.” They brought in friends Courtney Barnett and Shauna Boyle of Cable Ties to provide added instrumentation on ‘Caroline’/’Sing Your Heart Out’ and ‘One Wink At A Time’ respectively. The resulting sound is still recognisably Camp Cope, just a little softer, a bit more relaxed and much more refined.
Released late last year, the album’s first single ‘Blue’ opened the floodgates for ‘Running with the Hurricane’, what is Camp Cope’s most triumphant and complex work yet. At its core, it’s not an album about other people, but about getting comfortable with yourself. Whether it’s being full of love (‘The Mountain’), getting vulnerable with someone new (‘Jealous’), learning to let affection in again (‘One Wink At A Time’), processing the world and sitting with yourself (‘The Screaming Planet’), or yearning for connection (‘Love Like You Do’). The album’s emotional closing track (‘Sing Your Heart Out’) reflects on finding peace and wishing the same for others.
Founded in Melbourne over home job tattoos, Camp Cope – Georgia Maq (songwriter, vocals, piano, acoustic & electric guitar), Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (lead bass guitar) and Sarah Thompson (drums & percussion) – have been a force since the release of their debut album ‘Camp Cope’ (2016). Their critically-acclaimed follow-up ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (2018) debuted at #6 on the ARIA Charts with incredible international acclaim including NPR (“Every unpolished moment stuns with turn-of-age earnestness”), New Yorker (“The words, as raw as the band’s nervy energy, spill out as though she’s been holding them in forever”) and The Guardian (“In 20 years, young women especially will approach her and thank Camp Cope for encouraging them to pick up a guitar and tell their own stories”).
‘Running with the Hurricane’ Tracklisting:
2. Running with the Hurricane
3. One Wink at a Time
5. The Screaming Planet
6. Love Like You Do
8. The Mountain
9. Say the Line
10. Sing Your Heart Out