We are giving away a pair of tickets to Hippo Campus @ Crystal Ballroom on February 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 28.
True West Presents at the Crystal:
with special guest Now Now
February 4, 2019
All Ages | Doors 6:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $26 advance, $28 day of show
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W Burnside St. Oregon 97209
When Hippo Campus formed in 2013, their intentions were pure and simple. “We were in high school and the main idea was, ‘Let’s start a band and make our friends dance,'” Sutton recalls. “There was no real context to what we were doing, it was just total creative joy.”
But over the past five years, that context has shifted dramatically. The world around them warped into something bleak and unsteady, and reckoning with mental health issues became more and more crucial. On their sophomore album Bambi, the St. Paul, Minnesota-bred band navigate that upheaval with deliberate self-reflection. The result is a selection of songs that drift into much darker terrain, but unfold with a frenetic yet fragile beauty that makes even the most painful moments feel glorious.
Not only driven by exacting introspection, Bambi was also shaped by cultural shifts, including the #MeToo Movement. “That really made us take a look at how toxic masculinity has influenced the way we see ourselves and the world overall,” says Luppen. “In the past we might have been apprehensive about being super-vulnerable, but now we’re more aware of how important it is to come forward about dealing with depression or anxiety. Because if more men are able to do that, they might be less likely to express those feelings as anger or violence.”