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Good Dog, Bad Dream

    Good Dog, Bad Dream is the new EP from Hippo Campus, and the St. Paul, Minnesota five-piece's first new music since their 2018 sophomore album Bambi. It finds the band at their most honest and vulnerable to date, with five new intensely cathartic tracks tinged with confessions and dark humor. It's a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure -- a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. The band - 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 as part of their first sessions in their new Minneapolis studio space. 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.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Bad Dream Baby
    2. Deepfake
    3. Sex Tape
    4. Where To Now
    5. Mojo Jojo

    Hippo Campus

    Bambi

      When Hippo Campus formed in 2013, their intentions were pure and simple."We were in high school and the main idea was, 'Let's start a band and make our friends dance,'" Zach Sutton from the band recalls. "There was no real context to what we were doing - it was just total creative joy."

      But over the past five years, that context has shifted dramatically. The world around them warped into something bleak and unsteady, and reckoning with mental health issues became more and more crucial. On their sophomore album Bambi, the St. Paul, Minnesota-bred band navigate that upheaval with deliberate self-reflection. The result is a selection of songs that drift into much darker terrain, but unfold with a frenetic yet fragile beauty that makes even the most painful moments feel glorious.

      Not only driven by exacting introspection, Bambi was also shaped by cultural shifts, including the #MeToo Movement. "That really made us take a look at how toxic masculinity has influenced the way we see ourselves and the world overall," says Jake Luppen. "In the past we might have been apprehensive about being super-vulnerable, but now we're more aware of how important it is to come forward about dealing with depression or anxiety. Because if more men are able to do that, they might be less likely to express those feelings as anger or violence."

      Partly recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago, Bambi finds Hippo Campus working again with producer BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Low, Francis and the Lights), who handled production on their 2017 full-length debut Landmark. And in sculpting Bambi's distinctly inventive arrangements, Hippo Campus significantly expanded their use of drum machines and synth.

      Throughout Bambi, Hippo Campus match their relentless self-examination with a joyfully adventurous sonic approach, ultimately transforming the emotional experience of the problems they're exploring. One of the band's greatest hopes for Bambi is that the album might help others in dealing with their own pain. "I've always considered the responsibility of art to be representing your specific experience," says Sutton. "We're saying, 'This is what I'm doing now, this what I'm living like.' It's about sharing what you're going through, so maybe someone else will feel less lonely."

      And as Nathan Stocker points out, Bambi may find a particular connection with those feeling shaken up by the chaos of current times. "The only thing I'm sure about with this album is how unsure it is," he says. "I want people to feel as confused as we are about everything, because confusion can be an interesting thing. When you don't totally understand what's going on, you never stop thinking and questioning and trying to figure things out for yourself. I think a lot of good can come from that."


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Despite the oft-serious lyrical matter, Hippo Campus manage to craft a uniquely serene but groove-laiden mix of psychedelic rock, funk and good old-fashioned indie without breaking step. A brilliantly crafted and thoroughly enjoyable listen.

      TRACK LISTING

      1.  Mistakes
      2.  Anxious
      3.  Doubt
      4.  Bambi
      5.  Why Even Try
      6.  Think It Over
      7.  Bubbles
      8.  Honestly
      9.  Golden
      10.  Passenger

      Minnesota-natives Hippo Campus release their highly anticipated debut album ‘landmark’ on Transgressive Records.

      Written and recorded over the past twelve months and produced by the fast rising BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Polica, Low), the record marks a true coming of age for the hotly tipped young band.

      Hippo Campus are to tour the UK in 2017, following a near non-stop run since the band’s first dates outside of their hometown back at SXSW 2015, including tours with the likes of Real Estate, Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and Modest Mouse as well as festival appearances at Reading and Leeds and Lollapalooza.

      TRACK LISTING

      Sun Veins
      Way It Goes
      Vines
      Epitaph
      Simple Season
      Tuesday
      Western Kids
      Poems
      Monsoon
      Vacation
      Boyish
      Interlude
      Buttercup

      Hippo Campus

      The Halocline EPs

      Transgressive Records are proud to present ‘The Halocline Eps’, a combination of Hippo Campus’ first EP ‘Bashful Creatures’ and latest EP ‘South’.

      It’s another exciting step for a brilliant young band that are quickly becoming darlings in the UK. Previous efforts ‘Suicide Saturday’ and ‘South’ have seen them named as Huw Stephens’ Single Of The Week and led to sessions for BBC Radio 1 and XFM, whilst The Guardian, NME, DIY and Q have all marked Hippo Campus out as a band to keep a serious eye on.

      Hippo Campus are four Minnesotan boys making music that is infectious, joyful, and thematically soaked with the sense of cynicism accompanying the youthful search of self-meaning.

      The band met in High School and are still yet to hit legal drinking age but following an explosive SXSW - which marked their first shows outside their native town - the four teenagers signed to legendary indie label Transgressive Records.

      ‘Violet’, from the band’s new single, also marks something of a milestone in a year that has seen Hippo Campus evolve from playing packed shows in their hometown of Minnesota to touring both sides of the pond with the likes of Modest Mouse, Walk The Moon, Real Estate and My Morning Jacket.

      Explosive performances at SXSW (the band ended the festival with a live appearance on US talk show Conan), The Great Escape and Reading & Leeds festivals have further set the band out as ones to watch for 2016.

      TRACK LISTING

      Sophie So
      Little Grace
      Souls
      Suicide Saturday
      Opportunistic
      Bashful Creatures
      Close To Gold
      Dollar Bill
      South
      Violet
      The Haloclin


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