Frances Quinlan has one of those voices. Urgent, soulful, expressive. But not always right in tune. For the fans of her band, Hop Along, that last bit does not matter. At times, the song seems to take her over so completely that it seems her voice, which often gets a bit raspy, will give out.
Hop Along’s SXSW schedule.
But the voice that keeps some away has been described as “the best voice in indie rock” by others and it is that voice, and the feeling behind it, that grabs you and won’t let go when you see this 12-year-old Philadelphia quintet.
SXSW has turned away from big name artists (in recent years they’ve had Kanye West, Prince and Bruce Springsteen; the biggest names this year were Dashboard Confessional and Todd Rundgren) and among the lower-tier names at the 2018 fest, Hop Along is royalty.
Their 2015 album, “Painted Shut,” was the best album of that year on several lists. And after a long hiatus, there is finally a follow-up, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog,” due in April on Conor Oberst’s Saddle Creek label. The band’s sound has been compared to Rilo Kiley and Oberst’s Bright Eyes: tuneful, anthemic pop telling a powerful story.
In Austin the band played five shows, including a treasured date at the Willie Nelson Luck Ranch Reunion, held outside the city on the Old West set of Nelson’s movie, “Red-Headed Stranger,” which the singer had moved to his property.
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Source:: The Mercury News