Philadelphia’s Hop Along will be releasing their third studio album, ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog‘ on April 6th via Barely Dressed Records. Having just announced a handful of shows at SXSW, Hop Along have also shared the next track from the album – ‘Not Abel‘.

It follows on from the release of album opener and lead single ‘How Simple‘. It displayed a miraculous ability to marry folk, punk, rock and power-pop into a cohesive whole. ‘Not Abel‘ in a similar vein begins as a delicate waltz, violins and cellos make way for a series of explosive choruses before the song collapses into an exuberant guitar jam. The song again shows the extraordinary dynamic range of vocalist and songwriter Frances Quinlan as she wrangles with feelings of disappointment and resentment.

Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote a great book called, “A Time for Everything.” I’d say it inspired a lot of little moments, in this song especially. At one point he writes about Cain and Abel, but approaches it with a far more intimate, even mundane lens, completely unlike the Bible, which is pretty bare of any personal description. As you spend a few days with them, Cain becomes increasingly sympathetic. It’s a funny thing trying to examine beliefs. Sympathy and understanding complicate everything too much I suppose.

Listen To ‘Not Abel‘ below.


Bark Your Head Off, Dog‘ will be Hop Along’s third studio album; a formidable 9-song collection of the band’s most dynamic and textured songs to date. Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia, it features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ‘70s girl group vocal arrangements.

This time around, they’ve added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder.

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

1. How Simple
2. Somewhere a Judge
3. How You Got Your Limp
4. Not Abel
5. The Fox in Motion
6. One That Suits Me
7. What the Writer Meant
8. Look of Love
9. Prior Things