Good Dog, Bad Dream is a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure -- a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. Hippo Campus - made up of vocalist/guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist Zach Sutton, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson -- assembled Good Dog, Bad Dream with a genuine sense of freedom and enjoyment. It’s also the first music that the band has recorded in their new Minneapolis studio space.
And in that, there’s a sense of elation - translated here via a lot of screaming -- which reaches back to the early days of Hippo Campus. There’s also a galvanizing live band element on these songs. They wanted to come away with something that was referential to their earlier catalog, but with a contemporary take on it that made sense with who they are today.