If you ask musicians in Cork who their favourite Cork band are quite often the response you will hear these days is - The Altered Hours. Cathal Mac Gabhann, Patrick Cullen, Nora Lewon, Andrew Hyland and Elaine Howley have quickly become the choice musicians musicians and, on listening to a sneaky preview of the quintet's debut EP - Downstream, are on course to win over quite a few more people with their own brand of psychadelic rock.
Recorded in Cathal's own Cracks in the Light studio based in the former FAS/Revenue Government Buildings (on Sullivan's Quay) as part of the Sample Studios art collective, the freedom has paid dividends with the result one of the, if not the, best releases to hit Cork in 2011.
Splashes of sixties psychadelia soak a spine of menace despite a raincoat coloured pure pop, Downstream is not merely a decent debut EP, it is a statement of intent from a group of artists who are not afraid to experiment and will continue to not just step but dance in puddles for as long as their creative forces flow. Seeing as the excellent 'Garden of Sonic Children', their contribution to the recent Cork Rock City II compilation (see here), didn't make it onto what is quite a long EP (more a mini-album), it does not look as if those forces will be running low anytime soon.
Full tracklist :
1. The Balancing Act
2. Daydream Parade
3. Flowers Die
6. Wicked Son
- The Altered Hours play The Pavilion on Saturday, November 26th.
- Downstream will be for sale on the night.
- Support comes in the mental yet quite brilliant form of Trumpets of Jericho. Quite an array of talent on show for FREE entry.
- Doors at 8pm.