Irish psych band The Altered Hours have announced details of a new EP ‘On My Tongue’, set for release in early 2018 via Art for Blind/Penske Recordings. Open Wide, the first single lifted 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. Take a listen to the track via YouTube below.
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 – Rosin Dubh – Galway, Ireland
10 February – Seoda Shows 5th Birthday, Kasbah Social – Limerick, Ireland
10 March – Night & Day Cafe – Manchester, UK – TICKETS
13 March – The Shacklewell Arms – London, UK – TICKETS
16 March – Supersonic – Paris, France
29 March – DBD Vevue – Dublin, Ireland – TICKETS
30 March – Regional Cultural Centre – Letterkenny, Ireland
31 March – Menagerie – Belfast, UK
13 April – It Takes A Village Festival – Trabolgan, Co. Cork, Ireland – TICKETS
‘On My Tongue’ is set for release in early 2018 via Art For Blind Records & Penske Recordings on 12″ vinyl and digital.