Female Fronted isn't a Genre: Frances Quinlan of Hop Along

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 4:37pm

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Set to release next year is Likewise, the solo album from lead singer of Hop Along, Frances Quinlan. Starting in Philly in 2019, the band has released a total of three albums, carving out their own unique place within the alternative music scene by mixing hints of punk and traditional indie rock, creating something completely their own. However, Frances has decided to release music under her own name, and you’ll find out why in this week’s episode of Female Fronted is not a Genre.

As usual, we talk about community dynamics within the DIY scene. Frances explains how DIY contrasts with the music industry as a whole. Although this atmosphere was integral to the development of Hop Along, as it gave them a place to develop as a band without working within a business system, it still has it’s problems. Frances also reflects on the struggles that her band had while on the road while still in the DIY circuit and how these were different than what DIY musicians might go through now.

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In addition, Frances explains how comparing bands can be both harmful and helpful. When we compare certain sounds — especially those coming from female musicians — we tend to describe one as better than the other, when in fact they’re completely different. The only similarity is the fact that there is a woman in the band. However, Frances says “creative comparisons” can be motivating and positive.

When it comes to the label of female fronted, Frances says that although her experiences as a woman are included in her lyrics, they aren’t a defining factor of the band or it’s sound. We get into this and more in the fifth episode of Female Fronted is not a Genre.