At some point last week, various social media sites began lighting up with talk of a new Hop Along track. A friend on Facebook sighted the Philadelphia quartet as one of his favourite bands, and Birthday Cake For Breakfast favourites Tall Ships were overjoyed at their return. Listening to the new track was my first taste of the indie darlings, and what a blinder it is. The uniquely infectious vocals of Frances Quinlan are an instant attention grabber, backed up by the jangly, bittersweet track. ‘Waitress’ is taken from their upcoming album ‘Painted Shut’, out May 4th through Saddle Creek.
The new record follows on from their critically acclaimed debut full length ‘Get Disowned’ released in 2012, and this time around vocalist Frances is again joined by Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass) and Joe Reinhart (guitar). The album was recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, and will be available on 300 limited edition 180g white and pink haze vinyl (though stock is reportedly almost wiped out!)
Available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.
Painted Shut is being touted as a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. On one hand it pays homage to various post-punk luminaries, while simultaneously bringing forth a sound that’s contemporary, emotive and challenging to define.
The new album will touch on themes of poverty, abuse and greed, with the lives of two legendary (though generally unknown) musicians Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths, featuring throughout.
With the news of the album’s release, Hop Along also announced plans to kick off a national US tour with The War on Drugs this month, with UK dates to be announced soon.
You can check out the new track ‘Waitress’ below.