Saint Paul, MN
Good Dog, Bad Dream is a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure — a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. Hippo Campus — 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. It’s also the first music that the band has recorded in their new Minneapolis studio space.
“There’s a sense of ownership on this record,” Stocker explains. “I think our studio lent itself to that — someplace where we can actually make it our own. That definitely goes hand-in-hand with the music — that this is the first music we’ve produced for ourselves.”
Since the band’s wunderkind inception as high school friends back in 2013, the five-piece has continued to ascend. Hippo Campus’ catalog has gone on to amass over half a billion streams. Their catalog has also climbed the charts at radio with extensive support from Alt Nation, KCRW, WXPN, KEXP, and multiple #1 Alternative specialty singles. Their live shows prompted the BBC to proclaim them to be “one of the best bands in the United States.” They’ve earned mainstage slots at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Reading and Leeds and more. Their dedicated fanbase continues to grow; on their last tour before the pandemic they sold over 100,000 tickets in the US alone including sold-out shows in over a dozen major markets including New York’s Terminal 5, Los Angeles’ NOVO, two nights at Seattle’s The Neptune, and two nights at Minneapolis’ Palace, among others.