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Hippo Campus

Band: Hippo Campus

EP: LP3

VÖ: 04.02.2022

Label/Vertrieb: Fat Possum/Membran

Website: https://hippocampus.band

HIPPO CAMPUS, die in den USA bereits mega angesagt sind und deren erste Single "Boys" aus dem hier vorgestellten Album binnen einiger Wochen  - 4 Millionen Streams generieren konnte, dürfte man wohl im weitesten Sinne als Indie Pop Band beschreiben. Jung, ohne Scheuklappen, mit einem großen Fundus an instrumentalen Möglichkeiten, noch mehr Ideen und einer unbändigen Freude in ihren Songs und mit ihren Sounds zu experimentieren. 

Und ganz offiziell darf man sagen:
Seit den Anfängen der Band als Highschool-Freunde hat die fünfköpfige Band einen kontinuierlichen Aufstieg hingelegt. Der Song-Katalog verzeichnet mittlerweile knapp 1 Milliarde Streams (momentan 2.8 Millionen Spotify Hörer im Monat), neben diversen Headline-Tourneen (für die US Tour 2022 wurden bereits über 30.000 Tickets verkauft), spielten sie auf namenhaften Festivals wie u.a. Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Reading +Leeds, und traten bei renommierten Late-Night TV-Shows wie  & CBS Saturday Morning auf.

Die US Indie-Pop-Rock Band HIPPO CAMPUS kündigt für den 04.02.22 mit "LP3" - nach 4 Jahren - ein neues Album via Grand Jury Music (Fat Possum) an!  

MAIN-SINGLE: "Ride Or Die" am 11.01.22 ! 

Zum Album Release planen HIPPO CAMPUS im Februar einen Kurzbesuch in Europa, inkl. einer exklusiven Show in Köln:

Exklusive Album-Release Shows:

01.02.22 - Glasgow, UK - The Deaf Institute

02.02.22 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute

03.02.22: - London, UK - The Garage

05.02.22: - Antwerp, BE - Trix Bar

06.02.22: - KÖLN - Jaki

07.02.22: - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet

"Kathartisch" - Pirchfork 

„Glückselig" - Rolling Stone

"Eine der besten Bands der Vereinigten Staaten“ - BBC Radio 1 

"Zukunftsorientiert." - NPR

"Ezra Koenig als Frontmann von Real Estate"- Noisey

"Tanzschuhe sind ein Muss bei ihren Live-Shows" - Nylon

Das neue Album „LP3“ folgt auf die EP "Good Dog, Bad Dream", die im August erschien und fünf intensive Tracks enthielt, die mit dunklem Humor und einem durchaus rauheren Sound gespickt waren - sie schlug eine Brücke zwischen ihrem bisherigen Sound und LP3, was die Band als eine klangliche Entschlackung beschreibt, die den Weg für eine brandneue Ära ihrer Musik bereitet. 

Was Hippo Campus mit LP3 wollten, war etwas, auf das sich alle fünf einigen konnten, nämlich die Art und Weise, wie sie in den frühen Tagen der Band Musik gemacht hatten, als sie noch auf der High School waren. Als ihr Bekanntheitsgrad wuchs und sie fast eine ¾ Milliarde Streams erreichten, mussten sie Kompromisse bei ihren Visionen eingehen, sich Gedanken darüber machen, wie die Fans mit ihrer Musik interagieren würden, und wurden von einem nicht nachhaltigen Ökosystem der Industrie geplagt.

LP3 ist ihr bisher stärkstes und vollständigstes Werk - ein frisch gezeichnetes Porträt, das das junge Erwachsensein und die Identität auslotet und, was noch wichtiger ist, wie diese persönliche Identität in eine größere Gemeinschaft passt. Es befasst sich damit, wie sich das Erwachsenwerden anfühlen kann, als würde es immer an einem vorbeiziehen, während man versucht, es festzuhalten; es ist ein Hin und Her zwischen Loslassen und Festhalten - und der Frage, was am wichtigsten ist. In filmischer und klanglicher Klarheit ist dies ein mitreißender Bericht über Mut und Hartnäckigkeit; ein zärtliches Stolpern, das einen schließlich auf den richtigen Weg führt.

“LP3" Tracklist:

1. Young 2 Die

2. Blew Its

3. Ashtray

4. Bang Bang

5.Semi Pro

6.Ride Or Die

7.Scorpio

8.Listerine

9.Boys 

10.Understand

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Band: Hippo Campus

EP: Good Dog, Bad Dream

VÖ: 06.08.2021

Label/Vertrieb: Fat Possum/Membran

Website: https://hippocampus.band

Good Dog, Bad Dream

Good Dog, Bad Dream is a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure -- a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. Hippo Campus - made up of vocalist/guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist Zach Sutton, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson -- assembled Good Dog, Bad Dream with a genuine sense of freedom and enjoyment. It’s also the first music that the band has recorded in their new Minneapolis studio space.

“There’s a sense of ownership on this record,” Stocker explains. “I think our studio lent itself to that - someplace where we can actually make it our own. That definitely goes hand-in-hand with the music - that this is the first music we’ve produced for ourselves.”

Since the band's wunderkind inception as high school friends back in 2013, the five-piece has continued to ascend. Hippo Campus' catalog has gone on to amass over half a billion streams. Their catalog has also climbed the charts at radio with extensive support from Alt Nation, KCRW, WXPN, KEXP, and multiple #1 Alternative specialty singles. Their live shows prompted the BBC to proclaim them to be “one of the best bands in the United States.” They’ve earned mainstage slots at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Reading and Leeds and more. Their dedicated fanbase continues to grow; on their last tour before the pandemic they sold over 100,000 tickets in the US alone including sold-out shows in over a dozen major markets including New York's Terminal 5, Los Angeles' NOVO, two nights at Seattle's The Neptune, and two nights at Minneapolis' Palace, among others.

“Coming back to this EP, it was almost as if we weren’t making a Hippo Campus record,” Allen says. “It happened naturally, like we just showed up without talking about it. There was a subconscious thing of: we were making music and it felt like the first time in a while that we were making music just to make music.”

“Deepfake” deals with that industry disillusionment most explicitly; originally written for Stocker’s brotherkenzie solo project, it was refracted and rewritten by the Hippo members as a collaborative experience. But opener “Bad Dream Baby,” skews even more personal, with its weirdo, punk energy and distorted Celtic-esque guitar riff; it plays out like an electrified fever dream. In under three minutes it churns through Luppen’s childhood dog being put down, the memories it brings up of his parents’ messy divorce, a complex relationship with his father, his mother’s Mormonism, and the anxiety he felt watching the Britney Spears doc. It unfurls with a borderline-manic energy, a whirlwind of emotion.

“Sex Tape,” written about a character on the fringe of a friend group, was written off-the-cuff in the studio - laced with imagery of the band’s experience cruising around Minnesota in the summer, as Luppen considers the strangeness of seeing a path he could’ve gone down played out by someone else. The looping, hypnotic “Where to Now,” inspired by The National and written by Stocker, feels stuck. It unfolds while trapped physically and mentally, both in quarantine at his parents’ house and in an ongoing disagreement with somebody else, encapsulating the frustration with the cyclical nature of feeling like everything is recycled reality.

As a whole, Good Dog, Bad Dream was catalyzed by its chaotic closer, “Mojo Jojo.” The only song on the EP co-produced by Baby Boys’ Caleb Hinz, the track was a bizarre outlier within the catalog. But Hippo Campus felt like the song suddenly provided context for an EP: strange and unpredictable and genre-less, weaving together a bunch of disparate pieces into something that felt organically whole and human. To them, it blew open the idea of what Hippo Campus could be and offered an opportunity to wipe the slate clean. 

And in that, there’s a sense of elation - translated here via a lot of screaming -- which reaches back to the early days of Hippo Campus, when they’d just go for it without really worrying about hurting vocal cords. There’s also a galvanizing live band element on these songs. Here, Hippo Campus intentionally steered away from the sonics of Bambi, their “depression album.” They wanted to come away with something that was referential to their earlier catalog, but with a contemporary take on it that made sense with who they are today.

“This kind of energy has always existed in the band,” Luppen says. “The language we use on this EP is the language we use to talk to each other. It’s who we are as individuals, and it’s something we never really delved into in songwriting before. There’s something about these songs that is really explicitly human.” 


Good Dog, Bad Dream is tragic, but it’s funny. It’s intense and honest, confident and vulnerable and strange. It’s stasis, a homecoming, Minnesota summers with the windows down and “The Boys are Back in Town” on the radio and the haunts you always used to go to with your friends. It’s disillusioned and manic and anxious, but it’s also catharsis, the joy of making music with your friends in a studio and feeling like, somehow, anything is possible. It’s a celebration of brotherhood, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that has permeated Hippo Campus’ work since the very beginning.

 

 

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