Hop Along Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Blessed are the emo at heart as Hop Along, royalty of woe and heart-wrench, returns with another record of skewed songwriting. Painted Shut progressed her sound further from its entrenched sparsity and its follow-up doubles down on the dynamism: Bark Your Head off, Dog, is a record that collects older and more nostalgic pop influences into the usual broth of grunge, folk and open source feelings.
The announcement of a new album by Hop Along is like receiving a letter from a disappeared friend. Ever since the formidable Wretches EP, when the band was still known as Hop Along, Queen Ansleis (Queen Ansleis having apparently hopped along by now), any news from the band is good news. Singer Frances Quinlan’s voice is hectic, powerful and astonishing, with a conviction that makes you want to ask whether she’s okay. For Painted Shut, the band worked with John Agnello, known for his work with, among others, Kurt Vile and Dinosaur Jr. Expect great things.