Quinlan writes and sings with a vulnerability that transcends the traditional sounds and notions of rock music. Joe, Travis, and Mark are perfect contributors to layer with music necessary for Frances’ narratives. Each song acts as a collective journey, holding vigor and distinctive idiosyncrasies in an attempt to breathe truth into a world that does not stop moving; helping to gain ground when we may be lost.
Their music goes hard, but they couldn't be more lighthearted and silly. The banter actually made transcribing this quite difficult (but I laughed a lot). Below is just a glimpse into the thirty minutes I spent with chatting with Hop Along.
You’re all from Philly originally?
Frances—Well, we’re all from Pennsylvania.
Joe—And I feel like the city was the obvious place where, you know, creative people tend to migrate.
F—And generally we like things close to our families. The tours that we’ve gone on, there’s never been another city that grabbed me more than Philly.
Frances, this was originally your solo project if I’m not mistaken?
F—Yes. Hop Along, Queen Anselis.
And what is that derivative of?
F—Queen Ansleis is a wild flower, and I deliberately altered the spelling so it would become a character.
So almost like performance art?
F—Well, I don’t know who that character was, but I just wanted some strange name. I listen to a lot of Neutral Milk Hotel. I’m a little...mysterious sounding stuff.
Speaking of influences, any other notable ones?
F—I mean from that time, you know, Bright was was a big one, Joanna Newsom became a big one for me. We’re all really big Built to Spill fans.