RIYL: Alvvays, Jeff Rosenstock
Label: Saddle Creek
Yeah.. missed the first pressing. Sorry, i even got the email, but that baby flew off the shelves. And for good reason, this first single is killer good. Lady singers are crushing it right now, one after the next.
Take a listen you’re gonna want a piece of this sexy wax.
This is a pre-order item. All items ordered alongside a physical pre-order will ship together to arrive on or before the release date, April 6th, 2018. You will receive an instant download of the track How Simple. Full album download available on release date.
Saddle Creek Store Exclusive : Since the 1st pressing of colored vinyl sold out before some of you had a chance to have your morning coffee, weāre making a 2nd pressing of limited edition vinyl exclusive to the Saddle Creek Store.
- 2nd pressing: Limited edition of 750 tri-color striped vinyl (alternate color). Limit 2 per customer.
- 1st pressing: Limited edition of 500 tri-color striped vinyl. Limit 2 per customer. SOLD OUT
Indie Store Exclusive: Limited edition of 700 translucent yellow-orange vinyl, available to all participating independent record stores on April 6th, 2018
LP PACKAGING NOTES:
Includes download card
April 6th marks the release of Hop Along's third studio record, Bark Your Head Off, Dog. Written over the course of 2016 and 2017 and recorded in the summer of the latter year by Frances Quinlan (songwriter/vocalist/rhythm guitar), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), the album addresses disappointment, particularly in man's misuse of power, and relates accounts from the periphery -- one's attempts to retreat from the lengthening shadows of tyrants, both historical and everyday. It considers what itās like to cast off longheld and misguided perceptions, yet without the assurance of knowing what new ones will replace them. Much like on Hop Alongās first and second records, Get Disowned and Painted Shut, Quinlan seeks in real time to work through these issues.
Throughout the album, one gets the sense that Quinlan is wandering in the thicket of a forestāa state of being that will feel familiar to longtime listenersāand on this outing, she hasnāt left a trail of breadcrumbs behind her. The albumās artwork, which Quinlan painted herself, invites the listener into that forest, as well. āThere is a terror in getting lost,ā she says, āthe woods are at the same time beautiful and horrifying.ā This curious wandering gives the album, both lyrically and musically, a heightened dimensionality.
Bark Your Head Off, Dog is, without question, Hop Alongās most dynamic and textured record yet. Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by Reinhart and Kyle Pulley, Bark Your Head Off, Dog features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ā70s girl group vocal arrangements. This time around, theyāve added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lipsā Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder. In more than one place, Mark Quinlan drums like heās at a disco with Built to Spill.
Most significantly, Bark Your Head Off, Dog shows the band at its strongest and most cohesive. Hop Along (which originally began as Quinlanās solo project under the moniker Hop Along, Queen Ansleis) has never sounded so deliberate, so balanced. āSo strange to be shaped by such strange menā is a line that repeats on more than one song on the album. āIāve been thinking about that a lot. That I just deferred to men throughout my life,ā Quinlan says. āBut by thinking youāre powerless, youāre really robbing yourself. Iām at a point in my life where Iām saying instead, āWell, what can I do?āā
Release Date: April 6th, 2018
1. How Simple
2. Somewhere a Judge
3. How You Got Your Limp
4. Not Abel
5. The Fox in Motion
6. One That Suits Me
7. What the Writer Meant
8. Look of Love
9. Prior Things
Listen on Spotify
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- Too Expensive