Philadelphia band Hop Along recently announced their new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, for release on April 6th via Saddle Creek. With the announcement they put out the song 'How Simple', a quicksilver pop-punk number full of barbed lyricism that amplified all of the strengths we've come to know and love from Hop Along. Today comes the second taste of the album, 'Not Abel', a song that sees them leaping into some quite new sonic territories for them.

Opening on simplistic acoustic guitar, 'Not Abel' quickly swells into a whirlpool of pristinely arranged strings (violin and viola from Sarah Larsen and cello from Rachel Icenogle) that swell and flow with Frances Quinlan's taut lyricism, full of novelistic imagery and raw passion. As her disappointments unwind their way into the track, the violins squeak and moan in perfect symphony with the effusive nature of her words. Then, towards the end of the song, Hop Along switch gears back into their more classic pop-punk stylings, for an emphatic and resounding conclusion to 'Not Abel', full of multi-tracked backing vocals and broad guitar melodies.

Listen to 'Not Abel' below.

Pre-order Bark Your Head Off, Dog from here ahead of its April 6th release.