Hop Along, Field Mouse, Lithuania, Woozy | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Hop Along, Field Mouse, Lithuania, Woozy 

When: Fri., June 5, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $12
In recent years few punk singers have captivated me quite like Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan. The front woman pushes her husky voice past what sounds like its breaking point, emitting howls and yelps that express the kind of hurt her vocal cords must be experiencing. Quinlan’s captivating vocal lunges and dives make Hop Along one of the most interesting bands in a Philadelphia DIY scene that has recently grown into one of the most vital punk communities in the country—and fourth-wave emo, which Hop Along rests on the cusp of, is at least partially responsible for Philly’s underground bloom. In the fall Hop Along inked a deal with indie heavyweight Saddle Creek Records, which has a history of releasing emo-tinged albums, and last month the group released its first album for the label, Painted Shut. Hop Along gussy up their feral-sounding catharsis with brisk wallops: they incorporate nimble guitar lines and smoothed-out, easygoing vocal harmonies on “Buddy in the Parade,” and dive into shoegaze bliss on “Texas Funeral.” And though this time around it sounds like Quinlan’s voice is taking less of a beating, her singing remains as fierce as ever. ­—Leor Galil



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