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The Hours to play London's Proud Gallery (2008)

The Hours

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hours have announced two December shows at Manchester Ruby Lounge on Monday, Decmeber 1 and London Proud Galleries on Tuesday, December 2.

The Hours released their stunning debut, Narcissus Road, in the UK on A&M Records in February of 2007.

The album was described by the Sunday Times Culture as “a deep, dark, disturbing beauty of a debut album, stalked by Scott Walker, Radiohead, The Blue Nile and Gang of Four” and Q Magazine touted the band as “one of the year’s most tipped bands, with the tunes to back it up”.

The album artwork was created by long time friend and champion, Damien Hirst: a painting of a skull, with clocks for the eyes and one of Hirst’s spin paintings in the background.

Fast forward to 2008 – The Hours are now a seven-piece band with Genn and Slattery at the helm. They are locked away in the studio, recording their second album to be released in early 2009 with Flood, the uber-talented producer of some of the best post punk/alternative rock records this side of the 20th century (U2, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and most recently Sigur Ros and Goldfrapp).

To catch an early glimpse of what to expect, catch them at either….

December 1 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
December 2 – London Proud Galleries

Tickets cost £7 (Manchester) and £8.50 (London).