Staff pick: Hop Along at Skully's
Frances Quinlan and Co. return to Columbus this week
“We knew we wanted to not worry at all about how things would translate live. We just wanted to make a studio record," Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan told Alive in 2018, speaking of its critically lauded album Bark Your Head Off, Dog.
Don't worry, though. The Philadelphia indie-rock quintet has plenty of shows under its belt, so onstage chemistry and song arrangements shouldn't be a problem when Hop Along takes the stage at Skully's tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 8).
Quinlan, who also released a solo record, Likewise, last year, has the superhuman ability to turn dense, literary lyrics into catchy, cathartic pop hooks, which should translate well onstage. As a preview, check out the video for "Somewhere a Judge," my favorite Hop Along song.