Hop Along have become the most important American band since the Supremes, with their masterful musical dynamics, and ability to not overplay, the group are just so sensational. That makes music matter, And of course then there's Frances Quinlan, she wraps up entire works of dark dark literary fiction in a simple songs, all the while educing the most goosebumps per square inch seen since Bjork's take on Birthday.
I remember seeing the Teenage Fanclub when they were working their A Catholic Education LP, it was at the time the most exciting record in the world and remains unsurpassed by the band in its ability to crush the life out and suck the energy from an audience so visceral is its metallic melodious clang. Incredible. That's how Hop Along connects right now.
Anyways here's what Frances Quinlan says about the video...
“This is my first time appearing in a music video; in which case I decided to do something that felt risky to me,” says Quinlan. “I told myself that I've danced through my own house solo enough times to do an alright job of it in front of a camera. All that being said, I'm still surprised that this piece came to be. I wasn't sure I had it in me to do it. Derrick (Belcham) did an excellent job directing, he made it a lot easier for me to access that part of myself and made it all look dreamy in a way that I couldn't have achieved otherwise."
Belcham says, "Frances came to me with a fully-fleshed out idea for this video, and approached the dancing with so much enthusiasm and vulnerability, it was such a pleasure to work this thing out with her.”
Hop Along's Bark Your Head Off, Dog is out now on Saddle Creek
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