St. Paul-based indie rock band Hippo Campus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Zorn Arena.
Hippo Campus got their start when a group of high school friends thought they would form a band in 2013 and “make their friends dance.”
Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton, Whistler Allen and DeCarlo Jackson met while they were students at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, and within a year they independently released their first EP, titled “Bashful Creatures.” By late 2015 Hippo Campus had landed an appearance on the “CBS Morning Show” and shows at such festivals as Lollapalooza in Tennessee, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Rock the Garden in Minneapolis.
The band’s first album, “Landmark,” which was released in February 2017, was described by the Star Tribune as “loaded with thickly cushioned ambiance, billowy melodies and concisely written songs.” The rest of that year brought a full tour calendar, a sold-out show at the landmark club First Avenue in Minneapolis, festival lineup spots at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and more television appearances, including “Conan” on TBS.
The band’s second album, “Bambi,” was released in September 2018 and has been widely received as a successful venture showing distinct growth both musically and lyrically. The Line of Best Fit website described the album as “a fine balance, between wistful, effervescent music that brims with youthful exuberance, and a grounded, more mature, somewhat troubled outlook on life.”
“It’s about sharing what you’re going through, so maybe someone else will feel less lonely,” says lead singer Luppen, explaining to LBF what they hope the album will achieve.
Visit HippoCampus.band for more information about the band, the tour and links to their social media sites.
The opening act for the Saturday concert will be Minneapolis three-piece band GullyBoys, who describe themselves as a Neo-emo band with a slight beach vibe, “three emo/soulful/flower ladies trying to make Tom Klemond proud.” See the band’s Facebook page for more information.
The UW-Eau Claire University Activities Commission is presenting the concert.