• Still Open Wide: Catching Up With The Altered Hours

    Ahead of playing The Spirit Store in Dundalk tomorrow night – and Dublin & Limerick next month – we chat with Cathal MacGabhann of Cork psych-rock heroes The Altered Hours about their luminous journey & highly-anticipated next phase Go here to buy tickets to the Altered Hours and Alice Robinson at The Spirit Store as part of Collide Hi Cathal. When I interviewed you guys back in 2013, you had a very level-headed – and honestly very refreshing – conception of “success”. You said “Money, popularity and recognition I have no problem with. I really feel that if just one…

  • The Altered Hours – Convertible

    Given that they’ve been releasing music for a full decade now, it’s easy to forget that Cork quintet The Altered Hours are only now releasing their second full length album, Convertible. It must be down to the quality of the EPs they’ve released along the way – no mere stopgaps, releases like 2013’s Sweet Jelly Roll or 2018’s On My Tongue house so much of their most essential material. Debut long player In Heat Not Sorry surfaced in 2016 – an excellent collection of tracks, but one that often took a slower and starker direction than previous releases in a…

  • Irish tracks of the week – October 22nd

    If you can believe it, it’s Friday again, and there’s a fresh round-up of the very best in brand new Irish music to dig into, featuring MuRli, Gemma Dunleavy x2, Junior Brother, windings, The Altered Hours, Melts, New Pagans and more MuRli w/ Gemma Dunleavy – Odyssey windings – Apocryphal Apocryphal by windings Junior Brother – Life’s New Haircut Life’s New Haircut by Junior Brother Group Zero – Everyone’s Already Come Apart Everyone’s Already Come Apart by Group Zero The Altered Hours – Thistle Convertible by The Altered Hours New Pagans – Find Fault With Me MELTS – Maelstrom Leveland…

  • Watch: The Altered Hours – Thistle

    Over the last couple of weeks, Cork’s finest the Altered Hours have been conjuring up their singular magic, night after night, in support of Fontaines D.C. at shows the UK. As an act that has commanded our attention since 2013, it’s been second-hand thrilling hearing high praise for the five-piece in their element. Ahead of a few more weeks zig-zagging across the UK and Ireland (including a Thin Air show at the Black Box with Documenta on November 27th, don’t you know?) the band have unveiled the video for their stellar new single, ‘Thistle’. Taken from their forthcoming second studio album,…

  • Irish Tracks of the Week – September 3rd

    It’s Bandcamp Friday once again, and it’s been yet another stacked week for Irish releases. Dig into best of them below, featuring The Altered Hours, Hey Rusty, NewDad, Natalia Beylis, Silverbacks, ANDI and more The Altered Hours – You Are Wrong You Are Wrong by The Altered Hours Silverbacks – Wear My Medals Wear My Medals by Silverbacks Natalia Beylis – Pink Sky Dawn Pink Sky Dawn by Natalia Beylis NewDad – How Arvo Party – THE GRAND STRETCH Corpus II by Arvo Party Hey Rusty – Anorak Anorak by Hey Rusty Evan Miles – If This Is It of…

  • Irish Tracks of the Week – July 2nd

    It’s been another big week for new Irish music, with tracks and albums coming from all over the country from emerging artists and established favorites. Dig into new releases from the Altered Hours, Aonair, Villagers, Maria Kelly, Zizou, Erica Cody and more. The Altered Hours – Radiant Wound Radiant Wound by The Altered Hours Aonair – Your Man Your Man by Aonair John Francis Flynn – My Son Tim Villagers – So Simpatico Maria Kelly – Good Enough Zizou – Piecemeal Pieces zizou band · Piecemeal Pieces Cubs – River of Amber​/​Frozen Waterfall River of Amber/Frozen Waterfall by Cubs Rónán…

  • Watch: The Altered Hours – All Amnesia

    If you are in any way au fait with TTA, you’ll know our time for Cork psych heroes The Altered Hours is pretty much untold. Whether consistently pushing forward in the studio or killing it live, the band has been a vital presence in Irish music over the last few years. Indeed, if this Inbound piece from eight (!) years ago is anything to go by, we’ve been smitten with the band for a while now. Last month brought the news that the band are once more setting out their stall as stalwarts of the scene, both in Cork and further…

  • Irish Tracks of the Week – April 23

    It’s been yet another banner week for Irish music. Dig into the best new sounds of the past seven days below, featuring new sounds from Ships, The Altered Hours, Villagers, TOYGIRL, Kojaque, Smoothboi Ezra and more The Altered Hours – All Amnesia All Amnesia by The Altered Hours Villagers – The First Day Ships – One to the Ward TOYGIRL – Water Kojaque – Town’s Dead SORBET – Only For The Young feat. Arborist BANYAH – Black Fires Pretty Happy – Sea Sea Sea Smoothboi Ezra – Stuck Seba Safe – Map Runner Amerik – Bouquet EP Bouquet by Amerik…

  • Stream: The Altered Hours – All Amnesia

    Over the last ten years, Cork’s The Altered Hours have repeatedly underscored their reputation as one of the country’s most singular bands. A force to be reckoned with live, and always a fiercely distinctive proposition in the studio, they have flown the flag for psych-leaning experimental rock here like no other. Last week, the Elaine Howley-fronted band announced their return with the news that they’ve signed with Dundalk imprint Pizza Pizza Records, home to Just Mustard, Larry and others. Having released via Art For Blind, Penske and A Recording over the years, it cues the next chapter in the band’s…

  • EP Stream: The Altered Hours – Immediate Believer

    If you’re au fait with Cork’s finest The Altered Hours, you’ll likely know that Cathal Mac Gabhann and Elaine Howley from the band have been treating fans to some serious lockdown listening parties over the last while. And as luck would have it, the band are keeping busy in other music-orientated ways, too. A brand new “works in progress” EP, Immediate Believer is a perfectly homespun three-track release that finds the band at their most masterfully minimalist to date. Better still, it’s all for a very good cause. “All of the proceeds from the sale of this EP will go directly to the Simon…