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Hippo Campus Share Single “Bang Bang” Ahead Of Album Release This Friday, February 4th via Grand Jury

February 2, 2022
Photo Credit: Tonje Thilesen

HIPPO CAMPUS share final LP single ‘Bang Bang’

Third album ‘LP3’ out this Friday (Feb 4th) via NYC indie label GRAND JURY

UK/EU headline tour
 rescheduled for May 2022

US indie juggernauts Hippo Campus share veracious, bubbling new single ‘Bang Bang’, the final reveal from the band’s upcoming record ‘LP3’, set for release February 4th via NYC indie label Grand Jury (Samia, Twin Peaks, Jordana, Native Sun, Hovvdy)

The cascading, silvery track poetically compares the lust-over-logic struggle of a long distance relationship to the bleakness of winter, featuring a crystalline synth line and driving, burnished guitar riffs. It’s accompanied by a trippy animated clip (video here) directed by multimedia artist Lachlan Turczan (Phoebe Bridgers, Blake Mills, Flock of Dimes), and follows the band’s charismatic late-night US TV debut performing the anthemic ‘Ride or Die’ on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ (Jan 19th).

On the track, Luppen says,“I was in a long-distance relationship for a long time and I knew that it wasn’t working. But instead of us talking about it, we ignored it. It was a situation where our attraction to each other caused us to neglect all the very logical issues that were at hand.

In explaining his vision for the video, Turczan says, “The goal for this project was to create an abstract visual language that synchronized with the energy of this song. My inspiration pulls heavily from the pioneers of visual music in animation, namely artists like Oskar Fischinger and Len Lye. It was also a nice challenge to incorporate the feel of the album artwork into this piece so that everything exists as a ben-day halftone pattern on newsprint.” 

“Bang Bang” starts with the manipulated rhythm that sweeps into focus and brings with it the intricate notes which build the passages and the sweeter vocal melodies which ooze such charisma whilst delivering a tender tonality. As the verse builds and brings this explosive transition into the chorus, the incredibly raw lyrics add this affectionate appeal into this melodic creation. As the passages flow, Hippo Campus creates this immersive loop which adds to the appeal of the ensemble, countless hooks, countless hypnotic rhythms. The magnitude of the vast soundscape showcases the attention to detail this outfit posses, whilst the deep lyrics offer a contrast to the elevated tones.

With effusive praise rolling in from key indie press champions (DIY, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit, The Independent, Gigwise, Clash, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Consequence of Sound), as well as countless plays on the BBC Radio 1 airwaves (Jack Saunders, Clara Amfo), Hippo Campus’ vast potential is certainly gathering pace ahead of this week’s LP release, with a huge UK/EU/US live run lined up over the coming months.

Hippo Campus’ ‘Bang Bang’ is out now via Grand Jury and will be available on all digital platforms.

Hippo Campus is Jake Luppen (vocalist, guitarist), Nathan Stocker (vocalist, guitarist), Whistler Allen (drummer), Zach Sutton (bassist), DeCarlo Jackson (trumpeter)

2022 Live Dates
17th Feb – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
18th Feb – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
19th Feb – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
21st Feb – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
22nd Feb – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
24th Feb – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
25th Feb – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
26th Feb – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
28th Feb – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
1st Mar – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
2nd Mar – New York, NY – Webster Hall
4th Mar – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
5th Mar – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
6th Mar – Boston, MA – House of Blues
8th Mar – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
9th Mar – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11th Mar – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
12th Mar – Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE!
29th Mar – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
31st Mar – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
1st Apr – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
2nd Apr – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
4th Apr – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
5th Apr – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
6th Apr – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
8th Apr – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
9th Apr – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
10th Apr – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
12th Apr – Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Palladium
13th Apr – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
15th Apr – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
16th Apr – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
17th Apr – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
19th Apr – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
20th Apr – Oklahoma City, OK – Jones Assembly
21st Apr – Omaha, NE – The Admiral
23th Apr – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory

6th May – Manchester – Academy 3
8th May – Glasgow – G2
9th May – London – The Garage (sold-out)
10th May – Antwerp, BE – Trix Bar
11th May – Cologne, DE – Jaki
13th May – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet


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