Hippo Campus

March 28, 2019

Hippo Campus return with new video & more US dates

Today Hippo Campus have released the video for “Why Even Try.” Directed by Ruff Mercy, who has helmed music videos for Thom Yorke, Run The Jewels, Preoccupations and Bayonne, the video is a semi-animated trip inside the mind of Hippo Campus. “So much of Bambi is concerned with mental health,” says the band. “The way Ruff Mercy’s video weaves between a relatively under control external world and a more unhinged internal world seemed apt. And the approach to animation really captured the sort of chaos and contradictory emotions that we were attempting to explore on the record.”

In related news, the band continues on the path to world domination today announcing another major US tour, this time joining The Head And The Heart on their summer run across the states. The band has just wrapped a tour of Australia & East Asia and are back on the road here in the US next month touring with our very own Samia. Tickets over in the tour section.

Hippo Campus

January 23, 2019

Hippo Campus premiere new music video, announce tour with Samia

Hippo Campus have released a Tomson Tee-helmed video for Bambi single “Doubt.” Billboard premiered it this morning. The clip is an absurdist exploration of toxic relationships, in which, well, a deer falls in love with a truck. You kind of just need to watch it for yourself.

In related news, yesterday Hippo announced a slew of new tour dates this Spring. We’re particularly excited as the opening act is our very own Samia (pssst – we’ll have more there soon!). Grand Jury Family Vacation 2K19? Check for tickets in the tour section.

Hippo Campus

November 28, 2018

Hippo Campus share “Bambi” / “Baby” Spotify Singles

With the physical release of Bambi now in the books, Hippo Campus return with an acoustic version of the album’s title track and a sublime cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” on a new Spotify Single.

The release also comes on the heels of a pair of sold out shows at The Palace Theatre in the band’s native St. Paul, capping off the first leg of US touring around the new release. As we mentioned, the Current streamed the entire performance Saturday night. Watch it here, and get your copy of Bambi now.

Hippo Campus

November 23, 2018

Hippo Campus new album “Bambi” out on CD/LP today

Hippo Campus’ new album BAMBI is out on CD and LP today – you can finally hold it in your hands!

The band celebrated the release with an early hometown in-store at Electric Fetus Tuesday of this week, and they’ll continue their takeover of Minneapolis with a pair of sold out shows at Palace Theatre, tonight and tomorrow. If you slept on tickets, or if you live anywhere else in the world, the folks at KCMP have you covered with a live stream from the gig tomorrow night.

You can get the standard LP over in our shop or at your local record store. Here’s a link to the breakdown of other exclusive & deluxe versions of the album. The deluxe edition (pictured above) comes with a fold-out 36×24 poster. The album is pressed on 180g Golden vinyl, and the spot gloss jacket comes inside a printed polybag. Get your copy over on Amazon or at the merch booth as the BAMBI tour continues next year. Get tickets in the shop.

Hippo Campus

September 28, 2018

Hippo Campus new album “Bambi” out today

Today marks the digital release of Hippo Campus’ new album, BAMBI. You can stream it right now. Everywhere and anywhere. This thing is a stunner, top to bottom. Prepare.

BAMBI will be available physically on November 23rd, and you can pre-order your copy over in the shop now, or get a tote bag with pre-orders at indie record shops, OR(!) if you’re in Minneapolis, get an exclusive pre-order that also grants entry to a week of release in-store at Electric Fetus. It’s always good to have options.

The band will be hitting the road in support of the album next week. Yes, that soon. Tickets are available over in the tour section. They’re going fast.

Hippo Campus

September 6, 2018

Pre-order Hippo Campus “Bambi” vinyl bundle

Hippo Campus’ new album BAMBI will be released physically on November 23rd! The first 2,000 copies of the LP will be printed on 180g “Midwinter” blue vinyl. You can pre-order yours over in our shop, on Amazon, or as part of a bundle (including lyric book and pin set!) on Hippo Campus’ website now.

But it doesn’t end there. It’s important to us to give back to the stores who’ve supported Grand Jury and Hippo Campus since the start, so we want to make every copy special in some way.

With that in mind, we’re also pressing 1,000 copies on 180 gram “Blossom” Pink vinyl for indie record shops throughout the US and Canada, and another 1,000 copies on 180 gram “Burnt Room” marbled vinyl exclusively for Minneapolis’ Electric Fetus. Fetus is also hosting a private in-store performance from the band on November 21st – two days before the album is out. The first 300 people to pre-order the exclusive will get access to the in-store, where they’ll be able to pick up their exclusive LP and a limited edition Hippo Campus tote. More details here.

But I don’t live in Minneapolis, you say! Where’s my tote? Well, it’ll be at your local record store, too.  Starting September 28th, when you pre-order BAMBI at participating stores, you can pick up your tote, then come back for your record on November 23rd. Find your nearest record store here, and make sure they’ll be carrying a copy for you.

And last, but certainly not least, we’re making a deluxe edition LP on 180 gram “Golden” yellow and black marbled vinyl, packaged in a printed polybag and featuring a 24×36 fold-out poster. This version will be available in limited quantities at record stores and on the road with the band later this year. More there soon!

Once these colors run out, we won’t be pressing more. So don’t sleep.

Hippo Campus

August 23, 2018

Hippo Campus share “Bambi” music video

Hippo Campus return this week with “Bambi,” a new single and music video from the album of the same name. It’s 10 incredibly beautiful and thoughtful new tunes, and it is set for digital release September 28th, with a physical date to follow later this year.

The album was recorded in Minneapolis with BJ Burton, who helmed the sessions for last year’s landmark, in addition to records from Bon Iver, Francis & The Light, Sylvan Esso and more.

The music video, directed by Kyle Sauer, is available above. When asked about the song, singer/guitarist Jake Luppen said, “‘Bambi’ was the last song added to the record and potentially the most elusive. We wrote the original idea in our practice space with a drum machine, op-1, guitar and rhodes. We sat with session for several months before we had the major melodic breakthroughs. The lyrics deal with the challenges of being a friend to those around you when your mental health is getting in the way.”

The band has also announced another float of dates, this round over on the west coast of the US and dotting all of Europe. Find them all in our tour section, and keep an eye out for physical pre-orders are coming next week.

Hippo Campus

June 12, 2018

Hippo Campus share new single “Passenger”, announce Fall US tour

At the stroke of midnight last night, Hippo Campus dropped a new song across the internet alongside an announcement of a massive Fall tour across much of the United States.

Their first new material since last year’s warm glow EP, the standalone-single, “Passenger,” is a pensive, slow-burning indie pop gem. Produced by regular-collaborator BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, Francis & The Lights), the song borrows from the more serene and deliberate moments of 2017’s landmark, while showcasing the band’s ever-increasing knack for soaring melody and dynamics.

“Passenger was written in the winter of 2017 after the first four months of touring on landmark,” says singer/guitarist Jake Luppen. “Lyrically the themes deal with the challenges of growing alongside the person you love. For this song in particular I tried to challenge myself to write a more complex chord progression to sing to. I started off with a TR-8 groove and the rest followed pretty naturally.”

It’s fitting the single was written after a stint on the road, as its release heralds another touring announcement: a massive run across the United States in some of the biggest rooms the band has ever played. Indeed, Hippo Campus will be stopping at Terminal 5 in New York City, The Riv in Chicago, Stubbs in Austin, TX and so many more iconic venues that dot the US. They’ll be joined by special guests The Districts each night. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Get them at hippocampusband.com.

Hippo Campus

January 16, 2018

Hippo Campus share “Buttercup” music video

Today is a busy one for Hippo Campus. In a few hours they’ll be kicking their winter tour in Bozeman at a sold out Rialto, while just this morning we’ve unveiled a new music video for “Buttercup.” The video, animated by the incredibly talented Noah Farrar and Dolorondu, is a kaleidoscopic sugar high of color and energy that gamely matches the landmark standout.

Meanwhile, Bozeman isn’t the only show that’s sold out on this upcoming tour. Massive rooms in LA, Brooklyn, Seattle, Chicago and the band’s hometown Minneapolis are sold out too. If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket already, do send us pictures. If you’re in one of the other cities, stop waiting and scoop up your tickets now. They won’t be around much longer.

Hippo Campus

November 10, 2017

Hippo Campus “Warm Glow” EP out today

Today is the day. Hippo Campus’ warm glow EP is now available to hold in your beautiful hands. If you ordered it from us or the band, you should have your copy now (how you liking it, btw?). If you didn’t, you should be en route to your local record store to snag a copy right now. Seriously, stop reading. Unless you don’t know where your closest record store is. In that case, our friends at Record Store Day have this handy store locator here. Use it.

Meanwhile, our dudes are currently out on the road touring across the great states of America. Full list of shows and tickets over in our tour section. Bonus: if you go, you can also get that gorgeous 2XLP version of landmark and warm glow up there. And if you don’t, you can still snag it in the GJ shop, where we also just launched – several years late… – shirts.