Last week, New York City was treated to not one, but two shows by Saint Paul indie-rockers Hippo Campus. The five-piece band have been on tour in support of their latest album, LP3, released only a few week ago on February 3rd, and I caught their second NYC show at Webster Hall.
Jelani Aryeh opened up the show, showcasing their musical talents and upbeat sound. The band got the audience in the right mood for the headliners with their quippy banter with both the crowd and one another, especially during hits “Stella Brown” and “Overexposed”, both from their 2021 release, I’ve Got Some Living To Do.
Finally, it was time for Hippo Campus. The band entered the stage to a crowd of screaming, excited fans and strobing lights. The fans were so excited, in fact, that I could feel the whole venue vibrate and shake well into the the set. Hippo Campus kicked off their set with a personal favorite from LP3 titled “2 Young 2 Die”, a song which exhibits their production skills with its upbeat, interesting sound that really gets stuck in your head. The rest of their 20-song setlist consisted of mostly songs from their latest album, though fans seemed to be excited nonetheless. They finished with “Buttercup” and bid the crowd farewell before thanking them once again for another magical night in NYC.
Photos and words by Susie McKeon.
Be sure to catch the rest of Hippo Campus’ tour!