Hippo Campus’ frontman Jake Luppen takes the stage with fellow band members at 9:30 Club on March 4, 2022. (Photos by Katie Child)
Hippo Campus has always been a band I’ve heard praise for, though I hadn’t looked very far into their sound until I heard of their plans to visit the District for their recent two sold-out shows at the famed 9:30 Club. Upon exploring their discography, to say I was absorbed would be an understatement.
The five-piece band has been together since their middle school days and has been creating music as a group since then. With their first singles having been released in 2015, they’ve only continued to grow into their truest, most authentic sound, which they captured best in their latest studio album, LP3, released this past February.
Jake Luppen fronts Hippo Campus at Black Cat on March 29, 2017.
Hippo Campus filled a sold-out show at Black Cat last Wednesday with upbeat vibes and their Afropop-tinged post-punk songs, which often carried hidden wells of conflicted feelings.
Hippo Campus (Photo by Alice Baxley)
I was out of town when Saint Motel played at the 9:30 Club in October 2016, but I returned to hear plenty of buzz — buzz for opening act Hippo Campus, that is!
The indie rock quartet from St. Paul, Minnesota, charmed a bunch of new admirers in that opening stint, and now they are circulating on a headlining tour that includes a stop at the Black Cat on Wednesday, March 29.