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How to Socialise & Make Friends

by CAMP COPE

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1.
The Opener 03:40
Tell me you never wanna see me again and then keep showing up at my house tell me you’ll never be in love again, now you’re walking ‘round with someone else If I was hungry then you were starving and he was so sick but you were dying now tell the dead man that you’re the one dying treat them like queens until they disagree and never reflect to think “wait…maybe the problem was me.” Nah man, just keep smoking weed. tell this one “Yeah they were all crazy unlike you, baby.” tell me that no one know me like you do & tell me that my friends don’t tell you the truth & maybe I’ll come crawling back to you. like that was never your plan, right? You worked so hard but we were just lucky to ride those coat tails into infinity, & all my success has got nothing to do with me, yeah, tell me again how there just aren’t that many girls in the music scene! It’s another all male tour preaching equality. It’s another straight cis man who knows more about this than me. It’s another man telling us we’re missing a frequency. Show ‘em, Kelly! It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up the room It’s another man telling us to book a smaller venue ‘Nah, hey, come on girls, we’re only thinking about you” Well, see how far we’ve come not listening to you Yeah, just get a female opener, that’ll fill the quota!
2.
He left a key hidden by the backdoor but I never showed up. There was something sleazy about it that made me wanna rob the place & run. & I’ve been ignoring the calls, I’ve been riding my bike with handlebars through empty street in the dark, & I think I’m getting pretty good Maybe I’ll leave the house tonight, maybe I’ll even watch the bands & maybe I’ll cry. Maybe I’ll tell everyone I cried while you sleep next to your wife, for the rest of your life while I’m riding in the dark on my bike with no handlebars, yeah. And I heard it from a friend that he talks to the primary school kids through the fence. Yeah, you should’a seen his book collection, it was ‘How to Socialise & How to Make Friends’, yeah I guess we’ve all got our problems and areas to improve. & I know one of mine is to go a night without sympathising with you I can see myself living without you & being fine, for the rest of my life, it’s just me on my bike & I’ll wave to you as I ride by.
3.
I had to leave because I had to say ‘no’ & ‘stop’ more than once, way too many times. But you just kept trying to change my mind. So I left, and it was 3am, & I slept in the middle of my bed with the comfort of my own choices. Yeah, I bet you didn’t even think about what you did. “Couldn’t be true, you don’t seem like that kind of guy.”, “Not you, you’ve got that one song that I like.” They said “he’s got one song that I like” Now I don’t even know why I went, every light on the way was screaming ‘RED’. Now you’ve got me questioning everything I did, & what would have happened if I’d done one thing different. & I saw it, the face of God, & he turned himself away from me 
& said I did something wrong, that 
somehow what happened to me was my fault. You can see it apologists and hear it in the songs. “Couldn’t be true, you couldn’t do that to someone”, “Not you, nah your music is too good.” They said your music is too good. Kept saying your music is too good.
4.
Anna 05:52
She packed her bags & went on her way back to Adelaide. The cat’s been crying out wandering all alone around the horse saying “I really hope you’re happier where you are now.” Just get it all out, put it in a song. Just get it all out, write another song, Anna. Bed bound doesn’t feel the same without you, you are the other half, the missing parts, the sleepless muse. And he said “I get a lot of problems & one of them is always you, but I’m fine with that, lets just work on it, I mean, you’ve got yours too.” Don’t get used to the isolation, you’re gonna want it when you’re gone, when there’s no one with any patience. & you think “Are they my friends or do I just want something from them?” The 
endless record spinning inside my head. Tell ‘em what went wrong.
5.
They said “Since the death, your absence has been noticed” & there is nothing that I don’t owe the past. Sagan-Indiana never saw where she was named after. Follow the future back to me. There’s a man filling my petrol tank to feed 
his children on Christmas day, I’m avoiding seeing my family. & I buried my heart, comfortable stranger. The last thing she said was “Don’t go digging up the dead.” She said her house was like a friend. Keep the lights on & stereo going while they were mapping out the world, she was inside taking care of herself Sagan-Indiana never saw where she was named after. Said “it didn’t matter, I found me.”
6.
The Omen 03:58
We all sold weed for a while & we all made our mother cry. It’s a habit that I’ve finally broken at this point in my life. Now I’m kinda getting by, but sometimes it’s hard to go outside and I’ve been driving way too much, I’ve been too lazy for my bike. Now as long as I close my eyes I’m by myself, and I’d rather be at home with you than anywhere else. Now I’m turning onto your street, now I love you like you never hurt me, the planet took a real sharp turn before all that space in between. And I really don’t agree that your merit’s buried in your gender normalities. & I promise I’ll take care of you if you promise to let me be. Now 
as long as I close my eyes I’m by 
myself. & I rather be alone with you than
 any body else & I’ve never needed god, I think I kinda 
knew that all along. To need a promise of 
heaven to do the good deeds always 
seemed inherently wrong & so I wrote you this song, it probably isn’t as good as all the other sad ones & I’ll pass out I your bed after getting too high while you were gone. Look at me, it was all for you and it’s about time that knew that I’ve loved you since I was seventeen. & for all the things I’ve seen, there’s still some wounds that I need to clean but let’s move far away from here when I finally get my degree. Where we’ll live happily, get some rescue dogs and a house by the sea, And I promise I’ll take care of you if your promise to let me
7.
Two am or something, and the past won’t 
leave the present alone, won’t leave 
me alone. & the underground’s not for everyone, the things you learn working the graveyard. & although I’d never 
listen, your voice is loud in my 
god damn head, boy. all the other 
animals are laughing at me & you. Yeah, it’s just me and you Can’t escape this perspective or the 
mark that was left on me, damaged 
goods for the world to see, they walk 
straight past and away from me, will you? I know what those hands can do, 
how I wish you’d use them on me, 
like I was an instrument, feels good, 
doesn’t it? Yeah, I know I am lucky, this makes 
me feel better, this makes me feel animal & reel Then two am came around, drove his 
car into the ground. Smother the pain 
with sound, or is it just bringing you down? Let’s talk about saving face, let’s talk 
about putting me in my place, come & 
then walk away, as long as you came.
8.
UFO Lighter 04:31
It’s a question that I never learned to ask, How far I’d follow you into the dark, & it’s still a question that I’m too afraid to ask, how far I’d follow you. When she saw that I’d tattooed my hands, I said “Mum, I don’t think I was ever going to work for the bank.” & I said that I was sorry about that line, I only wrote it ‘cause it rhymed. We’re not those kids sitting on the swing set, & I will follow you across the planet if we could take our time, we’d get it right. He was so bitter when he said “they’ll offer you the world but they’ll leave you for dead” & nobody tried to understand, or at least act surprised when I said that I wasn’t the one who was unfaithful, but I can see why people thought I was. Sometimes making love is the only time I’ve ever felt love, there was never any middle ground. Now he sits alone in his one bedroom apartment. Tells himself he’s happy & he made the right decisions. & he expected that I was gonna fail and back. Well, fuck that. I’ll wait for you, at the end of the earth is where I’ll wait for you. You can meet me there, see I never really stray from here. ‘cause my head just gets too loud that I can’t hear the words coming out of your mouth. Sorry I don’t react the way you want me to sometimes. I only wrote it ‘cause it rhymed. Your silhouette against the fire. Where I thought I saw a UFO but it was just a lighter. And we nearly died, shit I’m still amazed how we survived. You probably shouldn’t let me drive.
9.
I've Got You 05:23
It was the last time I felt like this, I felt nothing at all. & I was fifteen when you got sick, I still remember the phone call. When they said there’s something inside of You, so they tried radiation & chemicals too & now you’re standing on the last line, & so am I, I’ve got you. & you’ve got me too, hold on, I’ve got you. You said there’s broken links in your brain, & I said “It’s ok, mine’s exactly the same.” There’s still some things I don’t understand, like the casual blindness toward the cruelty of man. & a cop shot the wrong guy again & they tore down a childhood home again. Nobody seemed to blink an eye when they wanted you to pay to see the sky. I’m running out of time, & you’re still running for your life. There are days I wish you could forget when the Broken glass cut open my arm & my chest, & you just held me down as the needle went in & out. & mum was retracing her steps, when the doctor asked her for a cigarette, a two year old child in a hospital bed. I will never run with glass again. Just like you said “don’t be an idiot.” & I know that when you go, part of me will go with you to the infinite unknown. & will stand at the edge of the divide, & I will hold your hand & together we’ll dive. & I will never meet a man that can make me question like the way you can. A defender of freedom, an advocate for truth. I’m so proud that half of me grew from you. All the broken parts too. I’ve got you. I will always hear you when I speak, I will always see your face in me. We never found the subway

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How To Socialise & Make Friends anchors on the cycles of life, loss, and growth through resilience, and those moments of finding and being yourself. The title track and “Animal and Real” celebrate the joys of being an independent unit and knowing who you are without any influencing external factors, while “Anna” and “Sagan-Indiana” speak to the love you feel towards friends – the women who shape you and work together to find strength in numbers. “The Face of God” is a raw account of sexual assault and the feelings of isolation that follow, and album closer “I’ve Got You” showcases vocalist and guitarist Georgia Maq solo, singing of her late father’s battle with cancer and their close friendship that prevails, even in death. Throughout the nine songs on How To Socialise & Make Friends, it becomes clear that if their 2016 self-titled debut was the flame, this is Camp Cope rising from the ashes, stronger and more focused than ever.

Camp Cope – Maq (vocals/guitar), Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (bass) and Sarah Thompson (drums) – have become a force in music since forming in 2015. Their Australian Music Prize-shortlisted debut saw critical acclaim from all corners, including Pitchfork (8.0, “effusive, empathic, and emphatic”), Noisey (‘Best Albums of 2016’), Brooklyn Vegan (“one of the most promising debuts from a young new band this year”), and DIY (“it’s rare to find a band with the sheer songwriting ability and integrity of Camp Cope”), among others. They sold out two shows at Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid LIVE 2017, headlined Melbourne’s Weekender Fest 2017, and toured the US for the first time earlier this year, playing through 13 states with Worriers.

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released March 2, 2018

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