Hippo Campus makes mark with new album


Xitlaly Viveros, Fielder Friday Editior

Hippo Campus is an indie rock band made up of four lively young men from Minnesota. The band consists of lead vocals/guitarist Jake Luppen, co-vocals/guitarist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen.
Despite only currently having two Eps (Bashful Creatures and South), they’ve performed numerous headlining shows as well as large music festivals like SXSW, Riotfest, Summerfest, Lollapalooza, etc. Their music is compared to bands like Vampire Weekend, Coin, and Bad Suns.
The band currently has leaked three of their new songs to give a taste of what is to be expected on their upcoming debut album “Landmark,” which will be released on Feb. 24. “Monsoon” was the second song released from the album, and it was far from anything they’ve done before.
Unlike their usual enthusiastic tunes, the band changed it up and slowed it down for this song. For example the lyrics “Unlike a sky copious with death, Precipitation of heart and head, Should wash the rest of her youth away, And carry on with it as she may” really showed deep emotion and what it feels like to grieve.
Their same signature catchy guitar riffs and prominent bass is definitely present in the two other songs they released (“Boyish” and “Way It Goes”).
This album has been anticipated and in the making for a while now. Hippo Campus has occasionally performed these new songs from “Landmark” for their fans while on their summer tours, and now they will finally be available to the public.
All in all, Hippo Campus has had so much success in the past few years they’ve been together and this album will certainly not disappoint.