Hop Along: Hop Into Taft Theatre for Philly Indie Rock
Another hot, hot show is coming to Cincinnati! Hop on over to the Taft Theatre Ballroom on July 29th to see Hop Along and fellow Philadelphians, Thin Lips, rock the house. These two bands know each other well and you should get to know them too.
Having already played together in bands within the Philadelphia punk scene, Thin Lips hit the ground running with their debut EP, Divorce Year, in 2015 and debut album, Riff Hard, in 2016. The band is made up of Chrissy Tashjian (lead vocals and guitar), her brother Mikey Tashjian (drums), and Kyle Pulley (bass). The group’s second full-length album, Chosen Family, is due out on Lame-O Records on July 27th, featuring the singles “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time” and “Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not The Band)”. Although the new album has a more polished sound than the band’s previous releases, it still maintains their high-energy, punk style with plenty of catchy hooks to go around.
Be prepared to dance and move if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket. Fans of indie punk artists like Jeff Rosenstock and Antarctigo Vespucci will love this band, and they are a perfect opener for Hop Along. In fact, Frances Quinlan and Joe Reinhart of Hop Along worked as producers on Chosen Family.
Hop Along started as singer/guitarist Frances Quinlan’s solo project while she was still in high school. At that time she put out her debut record, Freshman Year (2005), and toured extensively as a solo performer. After years of playing alone she was joined by her brother Mark Quinlan on drums, Tyler Long on bass, and Joe Reinhart on guitar, releasing the EP Wretches in 2009 and the album Get Disowned in 2012, which immediately received critical acclaim. They have continued to surpass expectations with each subsequent release: Their album Painted Shut (2015) was on best of the year lists from Vice and A.V. Club for the year. Their newest record, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, was released in April of this year. It builds on the sound the band is known for, incorporating harmonies and string arrangements to elevate the band to a whole new level.
It is difficult to boil Hop Along down to a single genre, as each album is filled with songs ranging from folk to indie rock to punk. If you are a fan of Waxahatchee or Angel Olsen you should be sure to check them out. Look forward to screaming, jumping, and feeling lots of feelings if you come out!
This show is a family affair, and if you come out you will certainly feel like an important part of this vibrant community! Snag your tickets before they sell out or you’re gonna regret it.
When: Sunday, July 29th, 8:00pm, doors at 7:00pm Where: Taft Theatre Ballroom
How Much? $15 advance, $17 day of