EP Release: 'In Heat Not Sorry' by The Altered Hours
Release date: 29 January 2015
Label: Art For Blind Records
More info: Band website
The Altered Hours exist in a swirl of the psychedelic and hypnotic. Their live shows are known for their intensity and the band's ability to envelope both themselves and the crowd in their sound – but where so many focus on the textures, The Altered Hours set themselves apart with as much a focus on the songs themselves. The group have toured Ireland, the UK and Europe and have won critical acclaim along the way.
Having recorded their first EP “Downstream” DIY, the band were invited to record their second EP Sweet Jelly Roll with Fabien Leseure in Berlin. It was subsequently released in May 2013 by Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings, home of psychedelic pioneers The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dirty Beaches and Magic Castles.
The group released a 7'' – Dig Early – on Cork label Art For Blind in April of this year and their debut full length, In Heat Not Sorry, will finally see the light of day early next. Part of a burgeoning Irish scene that continues to spawn young and seemingly brilliant, vital bands, Altered Hours will take their place on a wider scale with this record. Melodic, abrasive, dual girl-boy vocals, a Sonic Youth-esque approach to guitar tone and crashing feedback, this band’s sounds are surely destined to surely travel.
Press reaction to date
'The Altered Hours have a certain darkness to their sound.'
'Recently releasing an EP on Anton Newcombe's sought-after A Recordings imprint, it's there in those brittle tones, the post-punk influenced chugging bass line, and it's there in those pleading, sometimes desperate vocals.'
'But that isn't to suggest that the Irish act are doom-laden naysayers – rather, The Altered Hours continually transgress the intensity of their volition, focussing on shards of pure, white light amidst the black.' - Robin Murray, CLASH