How to Socialise & Make Friends

Camp Cope - How to Socialise & Make Friends
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #182 / 735
User Score
Based on 124 ratings
2018 Ratings: #450
March 2, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

As How To Socialise unfolds, Georgia’s vocals never lose their commitment or gilt-edge, but applied to different stories and circumstances it leaves a different – but no less impactful – impression.

80
The Independent

How to Socialise & Make Friends tackles everything from female representation in the music industry to death and friendship and does so emphatically.

80
The Guardian

Everything about this endearing band and record is unvarnished, from the production to McDonald’s raw vocals.

80
DIY

To write about topics this intimate is brave. For Camp Cope to do so with honesty and enchanting fury takes a lot of energy – and that is nothing short of valiant.

80
AllMusic

In sharing rather than preaching their experiences, Camp Cope offer something personally therapeutic that also challenges listeners.

80
Under The Radar

To say that this album is an incredibly intimate listen would be an understatement, safely compared to Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me. Filled with crippling self-realizations and epiphanies regarding grief and self-renewal, it is truly a special record, heavy and rewarding, like an extremely necessary midnight cry.

80
No Ripcord
These are songs about solidarity and overcoming adversity, either through specifically female friendship or finding that strength introspectively. And musically this is a record in the same vein as Modern Baseball or Hop Along - when everything falls into place there are moments when Camp Cope show that they are on their way to surpassing their peers.
80
Spectrum Culture

Certainly it’s not just now that women are talking about getting treated like shit ... but as the #MeToo movement moves on, Camp Cope can’t help but feel anthemic.

78
Pitchfork
Camp Cope’s windswept punk feels both retro and right now, like Courtney Barnett covering Tigers Jaw covering Ani DiFranco.
75
A.V. Club
From excoriating snide men talking down to women in music, to a harrowing struggle with assault, to deeply personal explorations of love and friendship, McDonald’s strong vocal range makes stirring manifestos of even the more ambiguous lyrical journeys.
70
Exclaim!

The highs on How to Socialise are meteoric while the relative lows are kept afloat by its members' musical prowess and McDonald's ability to wring tension and drama from personal adversity.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes
Camp Cope are effectors of social change casually blending into the indie crowd, plainclothes guerrillas surreptitiously invading the scene.
68
Disclaimer before I start to complain: This record is pretty good. It’s a very solid, above average indie rock record that I like more than I dislike. But it still managed to annoy me, and not for the typical reasons. I have no intention to criticize Camp Cope for being political. We need political bands, it’s hardly a turnaround for Camp Cope, and it helps that I largely agree with what they have to say. It’s the band’s own comments that confuse me. They say that this ... read more
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
69
Lyrically its in-your-face and at times even brilliant. Political indie that really feels like it matters. Its feminist themes are incredibly refreshing, especially for the scene it often aims to critique. However, musically it doesn't do all too much for me, with more interesting indie rock in terms of sound coming out of Australia this year.

Best Track: The Opener (of course).
ryanreviews
70
Lots of great playing and attitude show through on this album. Aussies are killing shit this year.
PSHANDY
80
曲自体は新しさも派手さも一切ない無骨なガールズロックだが、とにかくそのハイパーエモーショナルな歌の力に圧倒される。中でもラストを飾る素朴なアコースティックソングこそ彼女たちの真価。
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MISC LISTS

/Pitchfork (Rock)

Track List

  1. The Opener
  2. How to Socialise & Make Friends
  3. The Face of God
  4. Anna
  5. Sagan-Indiana
  6. The Omen
  7. Animal & Real
  8. UFO Lighter
  9. I've Got You
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