Hop Along is that band everyone you know loves. And you should too. The brainchild of Frances Quinlan, Hop Along was mostly a collaboration between Quinlan and friends resulting in 2008’s Freshman Year. In the years that followed, we saw the lineup of Hop Along (Shortened from Hop Along, Queen Ansleis) shift and change, releasing two EPs in 2009 (Is Something Wrong and Wretches) until settling on the trio of Tyler Long on bass and Franches’ brother, Mark, on drums. The trio has played together for the last two years, and their first proper full length, Get Disowned, as a solid band was long in the making.
Get Disowned is brilliant, from start to finish. From Frances’ unique vocals, to the constant clash of guitars, drums, and bass, the whole record somehow manages to wrangle everything in and give you an incredible listen in exercise in americana, pop, folk, and rock. Songs like ‘Tibetan Pop Stars’ are so strong, simply executed, with all the right parts highlighted. The chorus is hooky, the lyrics are careful and purposeful. Songs like ‘Diamond Mine’,’No Good Al Joad’, and ‘Kids on the Boardwalk’ continue to highlight the bands diverse influences and the way they all come together. Sparsly instrumented, powerful vocals to garage rock and distorted. Moving in and out of choral blasts, lo-fi hazes, and rock and roll, this record is the musical equivalent of ADD. Songs like ‘Laments’ (Originally on Freshman Year) can really illustrate where the band has come from and the direction their heading in.
It’s difficult to write about your friends, especially friends who happen to make music you love. Get Disowned is one of my favorite records to come out this year (thus far) and will probably stay in that position. It’s out now on Hot Green Records.