Hippo Campus – Good Dog, Bad Dream – Limited Edition, Red Vinyl, EP, Grand Jury, 2021
Good Dog, Bad Dream is the new EP from Hippo Campus, and the St. Paul, Minnesota five-piece’s first new music since their 2018 sophomore album Bambi. It finds the band at their most honest and vulnerable to date, with five new intensely cathartic tracks tinged with confessions and dark humor. It’s a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure – a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. The band – made up of vocalist/guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist Zach Sutton, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson – assembled Good Dog, Bad Dream with a genuine sense of freedom and enjoyment as part of their first sessions in their new Minneapolis studio space. It’s a celebration of brotherhood, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that has permeated Hippo Campus’ work since the very beginning.