FRANCES QUINLAN (Hop Along) Shares New Song, Announces Intimate Album Release Show + Pop-Up Art Galleries in NYC and LA

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along will release her official solo debut Likewise later this month on Saddle Creek—an album that has already been named one of the most anticipated of 2020 by numerous outlets like Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Paste, and more—and today she shares the sublime and rollicking next single “Your Reply.” This track reveals a narrator approaching a loved one with tenderness, even when met with a palpable silence. “There can be a one-sidedness to even the most loving and rewarding relationships,” Quinlan says. “We will always have a part of ourselves we can’t or don’t know how to share. There are so many risks involved. Regardless, I think of this song as celebratory. If anything, the speaker is frustrated at coming so close to understanding another person completely, but perhaps only just missing the mark. But still what a gift that is, to come close.” Listen to the song and watch the visualizer featuring Quinlan’s own artwork HERE.

Frances produced all of the artwork on Likewise, including the self-portrait on the album cover, and to celebrate its release she has announced pop-up art exhibitions. The free and open-to-the-public gallery events will showcase Frances’ artwork, feature a live Q&A, and include album playback. These will take place in NYC on January 29th at the Selina Chelsea, and in Los Angeles at Junior High on March 13th. For the week following album release, Selina Chelsea will also host a Frances Happy Hour, where her artwork will remain on display in the lobby and the album will be played daily at 6 pm. Also, artwork will also be displayed in the Blackwing Pop Up space in Rough Trade NYC for the month of February.

In addition to her already announced tour dates featuring stops in London (including the newly announced Rough Trade East in-store,) a west coast run with harpist Mary Lattimore, and a very special show with Ben Gibbard in Milwaukee, Frances has added an intimate album release show in NYC. She will perform at the Sultan Room in Brooklyn on January 30th, the eve of her album release, and tickets go on-sale tomorrow. Get your tickets to the upcoming shows HERE.

While Hop Along began as Quinlan’s solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise is Quinlan’s debut under her own name. Recorded with bandmate Joe Reinhart at The Headroom, Likewise sees Quinlan tap into new sounds. “Working with Joe on this made me able to better see that the guitar is just one vehicle… there are so many others to explore,” Quinlan says on this collaboration, which features synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. This newfound openness to sonic exploration echoes the sentiments of Likewise, which is a gorgeous rumination about the universal struggles of communication and connection between human beings. Likewise will be released on January 31st via Saddle Creek. All limited edition vinyl are sold out, but the standard black vinyl are still available. Pre-order physically or digitally HERE.


1. Piltdown Man

2. Your Reply

3. Rare Thing

4. Detroit Lake

5. A Secret

6. Went to LA

7. Lean

8. Now That I’m Back

9. Carry the Zero (Built To Spill cover)

Tour Dates

01/13/20 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East In-Store

01/15/20 – London, UK @ Five Day Forecast Festival

01/19/20 – Chicago, IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at Sleeping Village +

01/23/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *

01/30/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sultan Room

03/01/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop at Swedish American Music Hall #

03/03/20 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir #

03/05/20 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater #

03/06/20 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rubber Boot Club #

03/07/20 – Victoria, BC @ TBA #

03/11/20 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Memorial Library #

03/12/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pico Union Project #

03/14/20 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah #

03/16/20-03/21/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

+ = support from Indigo De Souza

* = supporting Ben Gibbard

# = support from Mary Lattimore

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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