By Natalie Greener
If you’ve been missing the smooth indie sound – reminiscent of Oasis and the retro vibe of Stereophonics, Ocean Colour Scene and Shed Seven – Hippo Campus serenade your ears with their modern twist on classic indie tunes.
It’s hard in this day and age to find bands that have stripped back their music to a time when the indie genre was much more simple and easy going. No over complicated riffs or far-fetched lyrical stories, Hippo Campus give the everyday gig goer an enjoyable night out. Don’t misunderstand me – the guys have really catchy music but it’s less about image and more about raw talent. With a creditable turn out at Rescue Rooms despite the boys travelling from the US, nobody could fault the performance that was fast approaching. The venue was the most chilled I had ever seen it, with an atmosphere emphatically inviting. Hippo Campus seemed to bring a chillness to the gig, something I had never seen before. There were no annoying fans or a violent mosh – the pit was surprisingly peaceful. With a lot of jumping in unison, no injuries seemed to be on the horizon.
The indie rock band consists of Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton and Whistler Allen. My favourite track of the night – one of which I have become very familiar with since it’s release in 2015 – was “Suicide Saturday”. A surfer sound and melodious tune, the song had instant appeal. Sacrificed beautifully live, Hippo Campus will – one hundred percent – be on my ‘ones to watch’ Spotify playlist!
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