The Altered Hours
The Altered Hours are a five-piece music group based in Cork city, Ireland. IN HEAT NOT SORRY is their first full length album, recorded at the Funkhaus studio in Berlin and released through Art For Blind and Penske Recordings.
Following their work with Fabien Leseure on the Sweet Jelly Roll EP (A Recordings) in 2013, plans were made to further explore the potential for capturing the band’s intense live energy. The group returned to Berlin in 2014 and spent three weeks exploring, experimenting and recording with Leseure at the controls.
The project began with a great variety of songs and ideas, a unique and cohesive style emerged with an emphasis on live recording.
The resulting ten tracks are representative of the group’s evolution – beginning with a lush psychedelic sound and pushing towards a stark headspace. This album has been influenced by the beautifully dismal surroundings of the 1950s Funkhaus studio building (a former DDR radio center). In many ways IN HEAT NOT SORRY‘s sound and atmosphere encapsulates the band’s ongoing fascination with testing and sometimes disrupting that fine balance between tranquility and chaos.
The album will be available on 12″ vinyl / CD / Digital via Art For Blind Records & Penske Recordings on January 29th 2016.
The Altered Hours have a certain darkness to their sound. 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
Galvanic psych majesty and tectonically-charged rapture
The Line of Best Fit
The Altered Hours specialise in swirling psychedelia that could be described as Jefferson Airplane for the post-punk era….one of the genre’s most exciting new acts
Drowned in Sound
…this is not so much carefree psych for a sunny summer’s day but something more sinister creeping out of the shadows, albeit allaying any fear with a mightily catchy chorus
Louder Than War
The Altered Hours are not a band to be pinned down too neatly. The layered, cyclical guitars bounce between shoegaze detachment, psychocandy aggression and chiming raga folk. The intertwining vocals of Cathal Mac Gabhann and Elaine Howley float somewhere above it all, by turns transcendent and paranoid. Buried underneath is the droning noise, propulsive drums and fuzzed- out low end.
The Irish Times
With buckets of potential to offer, the most inspiring aspect of the Altered Hours has to be the confidence they display on stage. They’re utterly fearless and exude the kind of self-belief that only commands the same in their audience