It’s hard to believe the young lads of Hippo Campus have performed at Lollapalooza and Reading, appeared on “Conan” and toured with My Morning Jacket and Modest Mouse, but they have not yet put out their full-length debut LP.
That will change on Feb. 24, when the buoyant Twin Cities pop-rock wunderkinds will release “Landmark” via Grand Jury Records, the New York label that also issued their prior two EPs. The first single from the new album, “Boyish,” was unveiled a few weeks ago (a video for it is posted below, underneath the new album cover).
The quartet recorded the LP with producer BJ Burton, who also helmed Low's stellar "Ones and Sixes" album last year and has also worked with Bon Iver and Sylvan Esso. Instead of Justin Vernon's April Base studio -- where Burton usually works -- they traveled all the way down to the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso to make the album at Sonic Ranch Studio, where Polica, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House and many other hip bands have worked.
Along with the release date, the quartet has also announced tour plans for early next year. They’re starting with a U.K. trek in late January and then a trip out west beginning Feb. 15 in Fargo. They will be home in time to play a two-night release party for "Landmark" at our local rock landmark, First Avenue, on March 11 and 12. Tickets for those all-ages hometown shows go on sale Friday at noon.
Is Hippo Campus really a big enough band locally to fill the main room two nights straight? If you're interested in a ticket, I wouldn't wait till March to find out.