Australian trio Camp Cope performed a cover of Sam Fender’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’ for triple j’s Like A Version. Watch it below.
“When I first heard this song it really resonated with me, growing up and living still in Western Sydney, because this is a song that’s about growing up poor and then wanting to experience life as a child but then that being your home life,” the band’s Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich explained. “So kind of wanting to go out and experience the world but then the world being a very hard place to navigate as well. And then when I brought it to the band, I knew that they could relate to it in a lot of ways too because it touches on themes about toxic masculinity and boys’ clubs which we’ve done before with our own music.”
“Part of the reason why we chose this song is because it went viral on TikTok because a lot of women were using the line ‘I was far too scared to hit him but I would hit him in a heartbeat now’ to voice their experience of gendered violence,” singer Georgia Maq added. “The fact that it resonated with so many women was just incredible and also completely devastating.”
‘Seventeen Going Under’ is the title track from Sam Fender’s latest LP, which came out in October. Camp Cope’s new album Running With the Hurricane is set for release on March 25 via Run for Cover. Earlier this month, the band played several songs from it on CBS This Morning.