Hippo Campus’ Debut Album Solidifies Their Band Name

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Midwest band Hippo Campus (no, not the part of your brain that is responsible for memory) just kicked off an international headlining tour after the successful release of their debut album, Landmark, which dropped on February 24.

The indie-rock band, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, has been riding the wave of stardom after the independent release of their EP, Bashful Creatures, in November 2014. After being signed by Grand Jury Records just a couple months later, the band re-released their EP with well known tracks like “Suicide Saturday” and “Little Grace.”

With another successful EP and a handful of festival performances under their belt, Hippo Campus’ indie pop-meets-rock sound with catchy hooks and colorful melodies garnered the attention of major music critics. Namely, they were praised by Modest Mouse, The Mowgli’s, and Walk the Moon–the three groups that Hippo Campus has supported in shows and on tours. 

Landmark, a 13-song record is a cohesive body of work, with tracks echoing Hippo Campus’ unique take on the heavily saturated world of indie pop and rock. A sense of ease is encapsulated in each song: easy going, beach weather vibes are especially prominent in the album’s second track, “Way It Goes” and tracks like “Epitaph” rely on heavy synth beats and dreamlike melodies. After listening to the album in its entirety a few times, we also heard sounds reminiscent of Declan Mackenna’s work on “Brazil” and “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home.”

Hippo Campus will be performing at festivals like Free Press Summer Festival in Houston and even got themselves a spot on Bonnaroo’s 2017 lineup in June. After a slot at Lollapalooza in 2015, it is still up in the air if they will make a return in August (I’d say it’s a heavy possibility).

After taking a listen to Landmark, odds are that you won’t forget about Hippo Campus…and maybe that’s the point behind their band name.

See all tour dates here & listen to the full album below: 

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