Hippo Campus perform in The Current studio

Hippo Campus perform the title track off their South EP. (MPR)
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  • Hippo Campus - Souls (Live on The Current) 04:06
  • Hippo Campus - Violet (Live on The Current) 04:07
  • Hippo Campus - South (Live on The Current) 03:55

What is it like to grow up on tour with three of your best friends? Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton and Whistler Allen — better known as the members of Hippo Campus — have a pretty good idea. They've spent months on the road, hitting states such as New York, Mass., and Ohio this month, and they're headed back to Minn. for Rock the Garden this Saturday.

Ahead of their Rock the Garden set (which will include new songs off a forthcoming album, they say), Hippo Campus performed a few songs in The Current's studios and chatted with Andrea Swensson. Check out the audio to hear their live session as well as their thoughts on Minnesota, their friendship, and playing music outside.

Songs Performed

"Souls"
"Violet"
"South"

"Souls" is off Hippo Campus' Bashful Creatures EP; "Violet" and "South" are off the South EP. Both are out now via Grand Jury Music.

Hosted by Andrea Swensson
Produced by Andrea Swensson
Engineered by Mike DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Words by Cecilia Johnson

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    Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Hippo Campus in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Zach Sutton of Hippo Campus performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Whistler Allen of Hippo Campus performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Jake Luppen of Hippo Campus performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)