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Artist presale: Wed. 4/27 10am – Fri. 4/29 10am (password: UNDERSTAND)

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In the years between 2018’sBAMBIandLP3, Minneapolis’ Hippo Campus–made up ofvocalist/guitarists Jake Luppenand Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist ZachSutton, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson–has grown up and into itself. Although the five-piecehas been friends since middle school and put out a number of studio releases since its inception,it’sthe new record,LP3, that’s the most honest portrait of who Hippo Campus is.It’s also a study in the nuances of growing up–coming to terms with mortality, the confusingjourney of sexuality, bottoming out, seeing decisions from the night before in theharsh morninglight; finding your identity as a person and as an artist–how that can be a collision of elationand shame, painful and joyful all at once.LP3marks a sort of ego death–and ultimately feeling okay with that. So much ofLP3waswritten in the chasm between grappling with the value of your own art and the larger, chaoticcontext of the world. It traverses the end of relationships, of careers, and the chance of meetingyourself as a brand new person. If you take the signifier of “musician” away, what does it mean?And how do you expand your identity outside of work? Here, it’s something the band worksthrough. And, in the end, it happens with the same ride-or-die crew at your back to hold youdown–or up–the entire time.Over the last few years, the Hippo universe has expanded outward. Luppen and Stocker both putout solo records as Lupin and Brotherkenzie respectively, and the two also teamed up with CalebHinz to put out the debut Baby Boys record while DeCarlo Jackson founded, andcollaboratedwith multiple bands around the Twin Cities, including DNM, Arlo, and FPA. Navigating soloprojects and new dynamics and the spotlight alone is humbling, bringing up new insecurities anddefense mechanisms. It was challenging in its own way tobranch outside of Hippo–and it madethe eventual return to the project feel like coming home.”WithLP3, Hippo felt like a very safe space to express those things because you have your bestfriends around you, rallying behind you,” Luppen says. “And each person could chime in withtheir own experience. I felt like it was a very safe space to be earnest.”Here, Hippo Campus killed what they knew and started again. Death, in all its metaphorical andlyrical forms, looms across the record. Album opener “2 Young to Die” sets this up mostexplicitly, the push-and-pull of simultaneously weighing mortality and invincibility, of youth, ofwanting to kill parts of yourself and be born anew; “Bang Bang,” a fan favorite from the live set,explores the death knellof a long-time, fizzled-out long-distance relationship, while “Blew Its”captures the same chaotic burst of energy in Maggie Nelson’s prose-poem book; and “Semi-Pro,”a pop gem, explicitly charts the death of a career, the meaningless of fame, how dreamschange.What Hippo Campus wanted withLP3was something all five of them could agree on, the waythey’d made music in the early days of the band. As their profile grew, they found themselvescompromising on their visions, thinking about how fans would interact with their music, andplagued by an unsustainable industry ecosystem. Now, they just wanted unity.Luppen explains: “Songwriting-wise, we wanted to place a priority on more personal lyrics andmore self-referential storytelling as opposed to largerconcepts like we did onLandmarkand

Bambi. In that way it’s similar to what we did on the [Bad Dream Baby]EP, but in a moreearnest way. The priority was on finding the feeling that we had in the early days–when wewere really happy making music, youknow.””There’s so much insinecre bullshit in this climate that’s making everything more and moreconfusing,” Stocker adds. “So being able to distill something down to what itreallymeans in away that’s really accessible and honest and earnest was definitely, definitely the goal.”They also give enormous credit to producer Caleb Hinz (Baby Boys, Samia, Miloe) for his handin shaping the album. A rising St. Paul producer and another friend since high school, Hinz is arelatively new name in the studio, but someone who ultimately had the biggest influence. He putlong hours into the record, and left his fingerprints all over its production–the distorted drumson “2 Young to Die,” the drumkit on “Boys” crafted on a literal trash kit of garbage cans, pots,and pans, or “Listerine,” where Allen was playing inside of a makeshift blanket fort. Aside fromhis experimentation and long hours spent tinkering with the sounds, he also served as a rallyingcall for the band, pulling them back on track, an encouraging and confident force who helpedshepherd the band into the best version of itself.Luppen also explains it was the first time Hippo Campus, as a concept, got to be “dead.” Therewas an open timeline, no tour lined up, no necessity to lean into the grid–just breathing room,and the experience of their last five years as a band naturally exposing itself. The five-piecewrote somewhere in the ballpark of 35 songs for the record, the most they’d written for an albumsince their debut,Landmark.They joke that it was a return to form in “quantity over quality”–but in a way, it’s true. They had the time to simplywrite, to expel a sonic catharsis, and then usetheir honed, incisive editing tools to put the best ten songs on the record. “It’s finally the albumthat we always admired from other artists,” Stocker says. “It’s just airtight.”LP3is, then, their strongest and most complete work yet–a freshly-inked portrait excavatingyoung adulthood and identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a largercamaraderie. It looks at how growing up can just feel like something that’s always moving pastyou when you’re trying to grab a hold of it; it’s a push-and-pull of letting go or holding tighter–and figuring out what matters the most. Through cinematic, sonic clarity,LP3is a sweepingaccount of courage and tenacity; tender-hearted stumbling that leads you on the right path after all.

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