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Artist: Camp Cope (Facebook, Instagram, BandCamp, SoundCloud, Spotify, Wikipedia)
Melbourne, Australia's Camp Cope have returned with a powerful, poignant, and purposeful sophomore album in How to Socialise & Make Friends. Melding the best elements of fuzzy indie, pop, punk, and rock with lyrics that are fiery and biting, Camp Cope have produced a record that perfectly speaks to the moment with such passion and heart and anger through songs that are catchy, hooky, and fun no matter how pissed they might be. The record opens with the scorching "The Opener" and never lets up, tackling topics ranging from misogyny to relationships to death to discrimination with such righteous and profound honesty one can't help but live inside each of the nine songs. We're only two months in to 2018 but this is easily one of the year's best releases. Also, I think we can nominate Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich as bassist of the year, she's amazing!