Hippo Campus’ “Bambi” Is An Emotional Self-Therapy

“I swear to God I wasn’t born to fight”

Photo: Daniel Topete

Minnesota-bred quintet Hippo Campus takes us into a slo-mo therapeutic journey in their video “Bambi” where we see each member of the band being fixated in an object while dealing with their own emotions. Directed by Kyle Sauer, “Bambi” is a metaphorical dance where the five showcase the different sides of vulnerability. Watch:

“Bambi” was largely influenced by current cultural movement, such as #MeToo. “That really made us take a look at how toxic masculinity has influenced the way we see ourselves and the world overall,” commented Hippo Campus’ Jake 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.”

The track is from Hippo Campus upcoming second album, also called Bambi, which will be out on September 28th. They kick off an extensive world tour starting October:

North America 2018

10/5 – Pabst Theater (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

10/6 – Riviera (Chicago, IL, USA)

10/8 – The Crofoot (Pontiac, MI, USA)

10/9 – Pageant (St. Louis, MO, USA)

10/10 – Madison (Covington, KY, USA)

10/12 – Marathon Music Works (Nashville, TN, USA)

10/13 – Masquerade (Atlanta, GA, USA)

10/15 – Oragne Peel (Asheville, NC, USA)

10/16 – Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH, USA)

10/18 – Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

10/19 – Terminal 5 (New York, NY, USA)

10/21 – Town Ballroom (Buffalo, NY, USA)

10/22 – Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

10/24 – 9:30 Club (Washington, DC, USA)

10/27 – House of Blues (Boston, MA, USA)

10/28 – College Street Music Hall (New Haven, CT, USA)

10/30 – Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC, USA)

10/31 – Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC, USA)

11/2 – Iron City Music Hall (Birmingham, AL, USA)

11/3 – House of Blues (New Orleans, LA, USA)

11/5 – Jones Assembly (Oklahoma City, OK, USA)

11/6 – Paper Tiger (San Antonio, TX, USA)

11/7 – Canton Hall (Dallas, TX, USA)

11/9 – Stubb’s (Austin, TX, USA)

11/10 – White Oak Music Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

11/23 – Palace Theatre (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

11/24 – Palace Theatre (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

North America 2019

1/25 – The Truman (Kansas City, MO, USA)

1/26 – Ogden (Denver, CO, USA)

1/28 – Sunshine Theater (Santa Fe, NM, USA)

1/29 – The Van Buren (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

2/1 – Novo (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

2/2 – Fox Theatre (San Francisco, CA, USA)

2/4 – Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR, USA)

2/6 – Neptune Theater (Seattle, WA, USA)

2/7 – Neptune Theater (Seattle, WA, USA)

2/8 – Imperial (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Europe 2019

2/14 – O2 Ritz (Manchester, UK)

2/15 – The Garage (Glasgow, UK)

2/16 – The Riverside (Newcastle, UK)

2/18 – Institute (Birmingham, UK)

2/19 – Dublin Academy Green Room (Dublin, Ireland)

2/21 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London, UK)

2/23 – SWX (Bristol, UK)

2/24 – Concorde 2 (Brighton, UK)

2/26 – Botanique/Rotonde (Brussels, Belgium)

2/27 – Luxor (Cologne, Germany)

2/28 – La Maroqunerie (Paris, France)

3/1 – Tolhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

3/3 – Lido (Berlin, Germany)

3/4 – Molotow (Hamburg, Germany)

3/5 – Hotel Cecil (Copenhagen, Denmark)