- 22 Oct 21
Cork alt-rockers triumph on second record.
This quirky quintet are perhaps best known in their hometown for taking over an ex-government building in the heart of Cork city, turning it into a studio, and creating a hub for their local scene.
As they’ve grown, the group have continued to develop their music based on that kind of anarchic, revolutionary energy. Their sophomore offering Convertible is an idiosyncratic gem, fusing melodic indie with a distinct punk sensibility. There are also underground tinges, whether they’re using classic shoegaze as the basis for opener ‘You Are Wrong’, or intricate surf guitar on ‘Street Sinner’.
However, ‘Thistle’ – an atmospheric take on garage-rock – is the clear standout. Even if the song is slower than the rest of the album, Elaine Howley’s voice really gives it altitude.
As someone who is not usually a fan of heavier rock, The Altered Hours offer a fine introduction to the genre. They have a relentless energy, and the noisier parts of Convertible are a richly textured joy. Impressive stuff.
Convertible is out now via Pizza Pizza Records
Read the October 2021 Hot Press interview with The Altered Hours here.