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Artist Bio

Hop Along has had multiple lives.  First conceptualized as a freak-folk solo act by Frances Quinlan, it progressed towards a fuller sound with the addition of Mark Quinlan on drums, Tyler Long on bass and Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Dogs on Acid) on guitar.  Emerging as one of music’s most

unique songwriters, the captivating vignettes Frances has weaved tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening.  Her powerful voice is a spellbinding entity all it’s own, celebratory and raw, and one that can’t be shaken away.Their new album, Painted Shut, (out on May 5, 2015 via Saddle Creek) is their 2nd full-length (preceded by Get Disowned in 2012).  However, this release marks their first time creating as a full-formed entity, arranging everything as a group.  It was co-produced, recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, etc.) in the great cities of Philadelphia and Brooklyn, and incidentally finished in the shortest span of time the band has ever made anything.

Like their debut, Painted Shut is a series of accounts, a procession of fleeting and repeating characters.  However, it diverges from its predecessor in its close-up, controlled approach (most of the album features the band recording live), and more focused portraiture.  Whereas Get Disowned calls forth a dreamy collage of protagonists in a tone that’s often anthemic and surreal, Painted Shut is a grounded, less merciful image of many struggling adults (and children) in a severe landscape.

Often depicted in Painted Shut are the two lives of legendary (though generally unknown) musicians, Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths.  Included are accounts of more everyday poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior.  Society is unveiled as a structure that, in reality, was most certainly not built with everyone in mind.  Clearly this is difficult subject matter.  Yet the songs themselves move unencumbered and easily, forming angular pop anti-anthems, at times jubilant as well as irreverent.  Somehow, they are not sad songs.  There is joy, in the abandon of Frances’ unforgettable voice, in the exulting choruses.   One wakes to a sky that is a bright, ageless blue.  It’s morning and so clear outside that multitudes of lives can be seen, in focus despite the distance.  All of this is viewed through a window sealed with cracked paint that cannot be opened on either side.  That is how we must often view the lives of others, especially when it comes to people who have lived and gone from this world.  That’s another story.

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Tour Dates

May 31 2019
Trix
Antwerpen, Belgium
Jun 01 2019
Best Kept Secret Festival (5.31-6.2)
Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Jun 02 2019
Musik & Frieden
Berlin, Germany
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Jun 04 2019
Hafenklang
Hamburg, Germany
Jun 08 2019
NOS Primavera Sound
Porto, Portugal
Jun 09 2019
Patterns
Brighton, United Kingdom
Jun 11 2019
Islington Assembly Hall
London, United Kingdom
Jun 12 2019
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds, United Kingdom
Jun 13 2019
Centre for Contemporary Arts
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jun 14 2019
Gorilla
Manchester, United Kingdom
Jun 16 2019
Button Factory
Dublin, Ireland
Jun 23 2019
Firefly Music Festival
Dover, DE
Jun 29 2019
Logan Square Arts Festival
Chicago, IL
Jul 09 2019
Rex Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 10 2019
Grog Shop
Cleveland Heights, OH
Jul 12 2019
Forecastle Festival
Louisville, KY
Jul 13 2019
The Basement East
Nashville, TN
Jul 15 2019
The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
Jul 16 2019
Motorco Music Hall
Durham, NC
Jul 17 2019
The Broadberry
Richmond, VA

News

01/24/2018

Hop Along Announce New Album Bark Your Head Off, Dog Out April 6 on Saddle Creek

Hop Along have announced the release of their third studio album Bark Your Head Off, Dog (out April 6 on Saddle Creek) along with their first single ‘How Simple’. Crafted…

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