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Track Of The Day #701: Hippo Campus – Suicide Saturday

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Minnesotan fledglings Hippo Campus release their first single ‘Suicide Saturday’ over on 17th July on Transgressive Records. Already causing a buzz following their much talked about SXSW performance earlier this year, they met at high school, released their debut EP ‘Bashful Creatures’ (produced by Low’s Alan Sparhawk) and have been slated to support Modest Mouse this July in the UK, all of this and they still haven’t even hit legal drinking age!

With a chiming riff that tip toes across a spacious percussive bed and a bittersweet harmony palette that’s nagging refrains are as catchy as they are at times lyrically naïve: its the sound of early Vampire Weekend watching the sun go down with Broken Social Scene. ‘Suicide Saturday’ is a deliciously, unfettered, uncomplicated serving of US shimmer pop from a band with bags of potential.

“Having just completed their first tour of the US and UK they return for their first UK headline show and a run of dates with Modest Mouse, and also to play at Reading & Leeds festival. In the US Hippo Campus have been confirmed to support Real Estate and My Morning Jacket on their forthcoming tours.

 

Live dates (* with Modest Mouse)

3rd July – The Lexington, London

5th July – Institute, Birmingham*

7th July – Ritz, Manchester*

8th July – Academy, Leeds*

9th July – Academy, Newcastle*

10th July – Helix Theatre, Dublin*

28th August – Leeds Festival

30th August – Reading Festival

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