St. Paul’s Hippo Campus returns to Gabe’s in April. — video still from “Boyish”
University of Iowa’s SCOPE Productions announced today that they’re bringing St. Paul, Minnesota indie rockers Hippo Campus to town. The band, made up of former conservatory kids Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton and Whistler Allen, will be at Gabe’s on April 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Iowa City’s Anthony Worden (who hits The Mill on April 4 as part of Mission Creek) will support.
Hippo Campus is touring its ultra-pleasant pop stylings in support of debut full-length Landmark, released in February. Landmark follows the band’s earlier EPs Bashful Creatures (2014) and South (2015). Despite a firm rooting in the classic sounds (such as on the Squeeze-flavored “Suicide Saturday,” off of Bashful Creatures), Hippo Campus keeps things fresh and modern with a constant rhythmic curiosity and many-layered playful vocals.
Luppen (vocals/guitar), Stocker (guitar/vocals), Sutton (bass) and Allen (drums/vocals) formed Hippo Campus in 2013 after meeting in high school as students at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Their current tour included a second successful stint at South by Southwest and will take them out to this year’s Bonnaroo in June.