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HOP ALONG announce new album & share first single ‘Waitress’ – ‘Painted Shut’ due May 4th via Saddle Creek

March 10, 2015
Shervin Lainez

Shervin Lainez

HOP ALONG

ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘PAINTED SHUT’
OUT MAY 4TH VIA SADDLE CREEK

STREAM NEW TRACK ‘WAITRESS’ ONLINE NOW

 US TOUR W/ THE WAR ON DRUGS

Known for their enigmatic indie-pop meets growling guitar grunge, Philadelphia’s Hop Along return with their second full-length album ‘Painted Shut’, slated for release May 4th on Saddle Creek. The first single from the forthcoming record, ‘Waitress’ is streaming online now.

Following the release of the band’s debut ‘Get Disowned’ LP, Frances Quinlan has emerged as one of music’s most unique songwriters. 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) andJoe Reinhart (guitar) on Painted Shut. The album + 300 limited edition 180g white and pink haze vinyl are now available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.

Painted Shut is a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. It pays homage to post-punk luminaries, while simultaneously driving home a sound that is contemporary, emotive and challenging to define. Frances’ raw, spellbinding vocals cut through distorted guitars and playful percussion on lead single ‘Waitress‘. ‘Texas Funeral is a propulsive pop anti-anthem, which builds as the track ascends to its roaring peak. Swelling guitars drive ‘Powerful Man and an instantly catchy melody keep listeners hooked.

Often depicted on 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. 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 will kick off a national US tour with The War on Drugs this month. UK dates to be announced soon.

Hop Along Tour Dates:

3/28: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa (w/ The War on Drugs)
3/29: Richmond, VA @ The National (w/ The War on Drugs)
3/31: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/1: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/2: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/3: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/4:  Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/5: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/7: Albequerque, NM @ The Historic El Rey Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/8: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/9: Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/11: Wichita, KS @ Lucky’s Everyday
4/12: Champaign, IL @ Mike n Molly’s
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
5/15: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
5/16: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/19: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk- Inside
5/22: 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

Painted Shut’ album artwork:

Painted Shut’ Track Listing:

1. The Knock
2. Buddy in the Parade
3. Horseshoe Crabs
4. Waitress
5. Happy To See Me
6. Texas Funeral
7. Powerful Man
8. I Saw My Twin
9. Well-dressed
10. Sister Cities

Links:
Hop Along Facebook
Hop Along Twitter

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