We’ve been following Minnesotan indie rockers Hippo Campus for several years now, but, believe it or not, despite critical accolades galore, they’ve only released two EPs—Bashful Creatures (2014) and South (2015). Accordingly, we’re tickled that their first full-length, landmark, comes out February 24th.
Hippo Campus is comprised of four alums of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (MN)—Jake Luppen (vocals/guitar), Nathan Stocker (guitar/vocals), Zach Sutton (bass), and Whistler Allen (drums/vocals). For reasons unknown, they have also adopted “street names” (perhaps it’s a Minnesota thing?), and are known as Turntan, Stitches, Espo, and Beans, respectively.
The band is signed to Grand Jury Records in the United States and Transgressive Records in the UK. No strangers to the festival circuit, they’ve played SXSW, Lollapalooza, Red Rocks, Reading, and Leeds. They’ve also supported such A-listers as My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, The Mowglis, Walk the Moon, and JR JR.
Check out the first two singles from landmark below—the video for “Boyish” and the audio for “Monsoon.” If you find yourself head-bobbing to the band’s buoyant pop—reminiscent of Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema Club—you’re not alone.
Dates for their spring tour follow the tracks. Enjoy.
Hippo Campus 2017 Tour Dates:
2/15 – Fargo, ND @ The Sanctuary
2/16 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
2/17 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
2/18 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird
2/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
2/21 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
2/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
2/24 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
2/25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
2/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
3/02 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
3/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
3/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
3/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
3/22 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
3/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Visulite Theater
3/25 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
3/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/29 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
3/31 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/03 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/04 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
4/06 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
4/07 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
4/08 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre