:: This story originally appeared in The Brag magazine and online

It’s midday on a Friday, and Georgia Maq has barely slept.

“I had a Tinder date,” she enthuses down the line from her home in the western Melbourne suburb of Footscray. “It was the most perfect, ridiculous person I’ve ever met in my whole life. We did nangs until 5 in the morning … We ate waffles and I was like, ‘You need to leave at midday because I’ve got interviews to do.’”

It’s an unusual start to an interview, but it comes as no surprise from Maq, whose candour is exactly what makes her songwriting so personable and invigorating. As the singer and guitarist for Camp Cope, the 23-year-old exemplifies the old saying about the personal being political – she draws from her own life and experiences to create powerful commentary on culture, politics and the world around us.

“I’ve always been a very strong feminist,” she says. “When I was 11, me and my friend had a march, a protest, around our school oval about equal rights. We didn’t know what we were talking about, but we knew that women were treated worse than men.”

That feminist ethos is central to what Camp Cope is all about. Maq, bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and drummer Sarah ‘Thomo’ Thompson – “we’re like three sisters, like the Kardashians,” the singer laughs – have been playing together since 2015, after years of Maq performing and busking solo.

In 2016, the band released its self-titled debut album, which reached the ARIA top 40. Over 36 minutes, Camp Cope announced themselves with short, sharp folk-punk tracks covering serious topics from homelessness to street harassment.