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Hop Along opening for The Thermals (who have a Record Store Day 7″ & are streaming their new LP) & playing other shows

by Andrew Sacher

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As mentioned, The Thermals are releasing a new album, Desperate Ground, on April 16 via Saddle Creek, and they’ll be going on a tour to support it which hits NYC on May 28 and 29 at Bowery Ballroom. When those dates were first announced, no openers had been revealed yet, but we now know that support on the 5/28 show will come from Hop Along. Their 2012 album, Get Disowned, was one of the great and often overlooked albums of that year, and they’ll be a solid fit on a bill with The Thermals. Tickets for both Bowery Ballroom shows are still available.

UPDATE: You can now stream Desperate Ground in its entirety at Pitchfork

The Thermals are also putting out a Record Store Day release, Desperate Ground Demos, which includes demos of four tracks — “The Sword By My Side,” “Born to Kill,” “You Will Find Me,” and “The Sunset” — from the new album that were recorded at home by the band on a 4-track. The album art for that 7″ is below.

Hop Along also open The Thermals’ Philly date, but both of those shows happen after they tour Europe with The Sidekicks. All dates are listed, along with a stream of Get Disowned and the Thermals album art, below…

Hop Along – Get Disowned

The Thermals – Desperate Ground Demos

Hop Along — 2013 Tour Dates
April 23 – White Trash Fastfood – Berlin, Germany^
April 24 – KOZ – Frankfurt, Germany^
April 25 – La Miroiterie – Paris, France^
April 26 – Sanctuary – Basingstoke, England^
April 27 – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Brighton, England^
April 28 – Old Blue Last – London, England^
April 29 – The Old Angel – Nottingham, England^
April 30 – Royal Park Cellars – Leeds, England^
May 1 – The Fish Tank – Durham, England^
May 2 – Bar Bloc – Glasgow, Scotland^
May 3 – Wahlbar – Manchester, England^
May 4 – The Fish Factory – Cornwall, England^
May 5 – Gwdihw – Cardiff, Wales^
May 6 – The Cavern – Exeter, England^
May 7 – Joiners – Southampton, England^
May 8 – Patronaat – Amsterdam, Netherlands^
May 9 – Rock Cafe – Leuven, Belgium^
May 10 – Aetherblisseme – Cologne, Germany^
May 11 – Budejovický Majáles Festival – Ceské Budejovice – Czech Republic^
May 12 – TBA – Graz, Austria^
May 13 – Headquarters – Prague, Czech Republic^
May 25 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
May 28 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY*
^ – w/ The Sidekicks
* – w/ The Thermals

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