The Altered Hours have announced details of a new EP, On My Tongue, set for release in early 2018 on Art for Blind/Penske Recordings. 'Open Wide', the first single taken from the EP, opens with a bare tambourine and synth drone, before the band’s full force kicks in to introduce the guitar’s enchanting riff.
Cathal MacGabhann's relaxed vocal is alluring; Elaine Howley’s whisper echoes; while the keys swell to solidify the song as beautifully crafted. While the lyrics explore the fragmentation of morality, musically 'Open Wide' exemplifies the band’s elementary approach to instrumentation, producing a sonic texture that is at once simple and potent.
After a year’s worth of touring in support of their debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, the band headed for Dublin’s Bow Lane Studios, where over the course of three days they produced a fast-paced and grittier recording to their debut. Clocking in at just 15 minutes, On My Tongue is a window into the rock and roll heart of the group; a side they plan on delving into even deeper with their second album.
The band have now announced a string of dates in Europe and the UK starting in March, with more to be added soon.
01 February - Roisin Dubh - Galway, Ireland
10 February - Seoda Shows 5th Birthday, Kasbah Social - Limerick, Ireland
10 March - Night & Day Cafe - Manchester, UK
13 March - The Shacklewell Arms - London, UK
16 March - Supersonic - Paris, France
29 March - DBD Vevue - Dublin, Ireland
30 March - Regional Cultural Centre - Letterkenny, Ireland
31 March - Menagerie - Belfast, UK
13 April - It Takes A Village Festival - Trabolgan, Co. Cork, Ireland