Hippo Campus, Remo Drive
Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN – 10/28/17
Words and Photos by Megan Hilaire
Minneapolis indie pop band, Hippo Campus, played a sold-out show at the Old National Centre in Indy. Hippo Campus’ debut album, “Landmark” came out earlier this year, and they recently released a three track EP called “warm glow” in September.
Remo Drive, a Minnesota based rock band, opened the night. They had a fun energetic performance packed with relatable lyrics and guitar kicks. The band brought to life their debut album, “Greatest Hits” and whipped out jams like “I’m My Own Doctor,” and “Yer Killin’ Me.” They even did a cover of “When You Were Young.”
The anticipation for Hippo Campus to come on hung heavy in the air as Remo Drive left the stage. They opened their set with “Way It Goes,” and everyone immediately started singing along. Several of their songs were accompanied by a trumpet, which brought a soulful element to their performance. Their surrealistic lyrics, upbeat guitars riffs, and rich falsetto of lead singer/guitarist, Jake Luppen, makes Hippo Campus stand apart from other bands in their genre.
The only time the crowd seemed to calm down was during “Monsoon” which is a slow, dreamy song. The energy was quickly turned right back up though with songs like “South” and “baseball.” They closed their set with “Buttercup,” which also closes off their record. Once Hippo Campus left the stage chants for an encore got louder and louder until they returned and ended the night with “Violet.”