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Hop Along Unleashes “Texas Funeral” & Shares Vision Behind Album

Thomas Bellflower April 13, 2015

Headlining Dates Extend National Spring Tour

2nd Studio Full-Length Painted Shut,
Out May 4 via Saddle Creek

“ …the tones here are bright and pristine—but the subject matter is far from it.”FADER

The words stem from places of frustration and even darkness, but the music is pure, riff-churning headlong joy.” – NPR (David Dye, World Café)

“Painted Shut might just end up being the best album of the year.” VICE’s Noisey

“Frances Quinlan … boasts one of indie rock’s most pungent and potent voices…” Pitchfork

I hate when people throw around this kind of praise lightly, so please know that I am not throwing this praise around lightly: I have never heard a voice quite like Frances Quinlan’s. She is the charismatic lead singer of the Philly band Hop Along. I just sat here for ten minutes trying to think of a voice even a little bit like hers and FAILED.” Vulture, 12 Best New Songs of the Week

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Philadelphia’s Hop Along will release their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album Painted Shut , May 4th on Saddle Creek. Known for their enigmatic indie-pop meets growling guitar grunge, Painted Shut is a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. The album is now available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.

Today, the band shares irresistible album lick “Texas Funeral” alongside an exclusive interview with Stereogum, offering fans early album insight. “Texas Funeral” is a propulsive pop anti-anthem, which builds as the track ascends to its roaring peak. Listen to “Texas Funeral” HERE and we encourage you to post & share.

Recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, Frances is joined by Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass) and Joe Reinhart(guitar) on Painted Shut. Often depicted on the album 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. It touches upon accounts of poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior. The songs present themselves unencumbered despite the difficult subject matter, at times both jubilant and irreverent. Revered for their electrifying live show, Hop Along recently wrapped up a national tour with The War on Drugs and have kicked off a headlining national Spring tour.
Be sure to catch them in a city near you!

Hop Along National Tour Dates

4/13: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
5/6: Hamden, CT @ The Space
5/7: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
5/8: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
5/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
5/13: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
5/14: Richmond, VA @ The Camel
5/15: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
5/16: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/19: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk- Inside
5/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
5/22: Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
5/23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
5/28: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/29: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
5/30: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
6/1: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/2: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
6/3: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/4: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
6/5: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
6/7: Toronto, ON @ The CAVE at Lee’s Palace

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