Cork-based quintet The Altered Hours follow up 2016’s debut album In Heat, Not Sorry with this four track EP, a joint release of Penske Recording and Art For Blind Records. Their punchy, melodic style is somewhere between the Pixies and Echo and the Bunnymen, with splashes of surf guitar, and a balance of live feel and shoegazey atmospheric depth that would suit the stage of Twin Peaks’ Roadhouse.
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I had a polyp on my tongue once. It drove me totally mad. Almost felt like it was pierced and had a stud in it. Anyway the doctor soon got rid of it.
So someone has put something on the Altered Hours tongue. A drug perhaps? A midget gem? Anyway whatever it was they make a right old indie racket telling us about it. They have that ace 90s distorted and angular indie thing down pat. The lead track is all over the shop with guitars going off vat all kinds of angles. You can hear bits of everyone in here. They are very scuzzy and naughty like 90s bands like Thee Hypnotics but there's tuneful bits and lots of guitar racket.
Having literally said just that 'Open Wide' and 'Hey No Way' overleaf are much more subdued affairs with low key vocals and plenty of atmosphere going on. Kind of reminds me of something somewhere between Echo & the Bunnymen and Pixies.
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