mp3: "The Opener" - Camp Cope
"The Opener" compiles all the frustration, anger and enraging moments that come with being a woman in the world of music. It's the first taste of the band's upcoming album, due out later next year on Run For Cover Records. Regardless of your day job, the inequalities often faced by women are represented validly here and it's a cry against sexism that's much needed in these times. The soft, meandering strings that open the track are shortly joined by percussion and then vocals with the band tearing into men who insist on telling others exactly what to do and how to live. Subtlety turns to shouts, with the band recounting some of the most distressing moments they've experienced; from those that insist their success isn't their own to the men who say they can't fill up the room or need to adjust their sound. "The Opener" is a powerful gut check, a reminder to always be aware of how we're treating others and to use our voices to uplift those in music and not tear them down.