Hippo Campus reflect on the challenges of young adulthood on 'Semi Pro'


Credit: Tonje Thilesen


US indie-faves Hippo Campus may have been knocking around for a while now, but as they prepare for the release of their forthcoming third album, 'LP3' on 4th February it seems their time to shine is well and truly upon us.


The second track to be shared from their new effort, new single 'Semi Pro' pairs the band's signature euphoric indie-pop with reflective themes of growth, adulthood and identity.


“‘Semi Pro’ was the last song added to the record”, tells frontman Jake Luppen. “We went on vacation with our [touring] crew in the summer of 2020. I was talking to our monitor tech, Geron about the pandemic, and he was saying that he wanted to get out of the music game because Covid had been so hard and everything was unstable. It struck me in this really crazy way because all the shit that we do is literally meaningless in the grand scope of things. When the chips are down, playing a guitar is not really worth anything


The song essentially is about quitting. It’s an athlete metaphor - where somebody spent a long time in the game, seeing themselves age out of it, and then making peace with that and being OK. And furthmore recognizing the ways that you are tied to your craft can really fuck with your head. It took a global pandemic and falling in love to help me find an identity outside of music and in that I finally feel free as an artist.”