About a year ago, I decided to attend a show at Madison Live to check out a band I didn’t know much about. All I knew is that they had a clever band name and I liked a song of theirs that was on my Spotify “discover weekly” playlist. That was the night I was introduced to a four-piece indie band from Minnesota, called Hippo Campus. For not knowing much about them myself, they had gathered a decent crowd of people. When they first came out on stage that night and starting playing, I kind of fell in love.
Skintcinnati was asked to do a Hippo Campus feature and there was no way I was going to miss out. These guys give nothing but good vibes when they perform. They are incredibly energetic and play with huge smiles on their faces. You can instantly tell they enjoy what they do.
They opened with “Boyish”, their new single that was recently released earlier this month. That track set the mood for the rest of set. With it’s pop infused guitar riffs, the drums and catchy lyrics, you can’t help but start dancing when you hear it. They followed that track with “Little Grace” off their EP Bashful Creatures.
These guys are talented and they are going places. If not for the music, go for the bass player’s sweet dance moves, because he has moves.
The Hippo Campus dudes were cool enough to answer a few of our most burning questions:
Clara: You guys have seriously blown up since last year with your hit single “Suicide Saturday”, were you expecting that quick of a response?
Hippo Campus: Not in the slightest. We didn’t really think we had a single, and to be honest we didn’t know what a single was when we released ‘bashful creatures’, it was just a grouping of songs that meant something to specific to us, so we’re consistently humbled by the response we’ve gotten.
You recently released a new single, “Boyish” on Spotify, which I really enjoy by the way. Will we be expecting a new album soon? If so, what should we expect?
Can’t say right now. Just expect to expect.
You get compared to Bombay Bicycle Club and Vampire Weekend, so what are your musical influences?
Our friends inspire us quite a bit, as gushy as that is. Everyone in Minneapolis is always creating and collaborating so it’s exciting to be apart of that community. But other band favorite’s are wu lyf, little comets, way yes, last dinosaurs, and Jonathan Boulet.
What should one expect when they see a Hippo Campus show?
Expect to expect a darn good time. Our chefs have labored tirelessly to craft a quality family friendly experience, full of fun, laughs, and good music. We just try to have fun and not biff it.
Last question, if you could tour with any band, alive or dead, who would it be?
It would be pretty cool to tour with sum-41 in the early 2000’s, back when pop punk was the thing. Any band that made it into an American Pie soundtrack I guess.
Artistically speaking, bon iver’s live show is massively impressive, as well as kanye’s live show. Stylistically that doesn’t make any sense so… Sum-41.