The Academy Greenroom, Dublin: 19th February, 2019.
+special guest Lauran Hibberd
Doors: 7pm | 18+
HIPPO CAMPUS RELEASE SPOTIFY SINGLES: Includes stripped back version of ‘Bambi’ and cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson classic ‘Baby’. NEW ALBUM BAMBI OUT NOW ON TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS
Hippo Campus are pleased to share two new cuts, recorded for Spotify at their studios in New York City. Part of the Spotify Singles series, the band performed a stripped back version of fan favourite ‘Bambi’ alongside a unique take on Donnie & Joe Emerson’s classic ‘Baby’. The release follows the band’s critically acclaimed second album Bambi, championed by Annie Mac at Radio 1, MTV, DIY Magazine and many more - whilst also amassing millions of plays worldwide. Hippo Campus will also be bringing the Bambi tour back to the UK and Europe for a run of fast-selling shows in February and March next year, including a Landmark date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 21st February. Tickets are on sale now via http://hippocampus.band/
Hippo Campus - Bambi
UK & EUROPEAN DATES
14th Feb - Manchester, UK @ 02 Ritz
15th Feb - Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
16th Feb - Newcastle, UK @ The Riverside
18th Feb - Birmingham, UK @ Institute
19th Feb - Dublin, IE @ Dublin Academy Green Room
21st Feb - London, UK @ O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
23rd Feb - Bristol, UK @ SWX
24th Feb - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
26th Feb - Brussels, BE @ Botanique / Rotonde
27th Feb - Cologne, DE @ Luxor
28th Feb - Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
1st March - Amsterdam, AN @ Tolhuis (Paradiso Noord)
3rd March - Berlin, DE @ Lido
4th March - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
More info on Bambi.
Not only driven by exacting introspection, Bambi was also shaped by cultural shifts, including the #MeToo Movement. "That really made us take a look at how toxic masculinity has influenced the way we see ourselves and the world overall," says Jake Luppen. "In the past we might have been apprehensive about being super-vulnerable, but now we're more aware of how important it is to come forward about dealing with depression or anxiety. Because if more men are able to do that, they might be less likely to express those feelings as anger or violence."
Partly recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago, Bambi finds Hippo Campus working again with producer BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Low, Francis and the Lights), who handled production on their 2017 full-length debut Landmark. And in sculpting Bambi's distinctly inventive arrangements, Hippo Campus significantly expanded their use of drum machines and synth.
Throughout Bambi, Hippo Campus match their relentless self-examination with a joyfully adventurous sonic approach, ultimately transforming the emotional experience of the problems they're exploring. One of the band's greatest hopes for Bambi is that the album might help others in dealing with their own pain. "I've always considered the responsibility of art to be representing your specific experience," says Sutton. "We're saying, 'This is what I'm doing now, this what I'm living like.' It's about sharing what you're going through, so maybe someone else will feel less lonely."
And as Nathan Stocker points out, Bambi may find a particular connection with those feeling shaken up by the chaos of current times. "The only thing I'm sure about with this album is how unsure it is," he says. "I want people to feel as confused as we are about everything, because confusion can be an interesting thing. When you don't totally understand what's going on, you never stop thinking and questioning and trying to figure things out for yourself. I think a lot of good can come from that."