The Altered Hours played their first Cork headline show in a few months months on Saturday, decking the Pavilion stage with lights and making it their own for about an hour. They’re such an exciting band – when Elaine Howley unfurls the mic lead and the instantaneous ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’ begins, everything just makes sense, as if 2D becomes 3D, as if the ‘Altered’ aligns perfectly. Altered Hours are the centrepiece of the zine that I’m involved in, We Play Here, which is out on November 16 (more info here). During an enlightening hour-long interview alongside Elaine, Cathal said that, with the recording process in a studio, “it’s scary to try and reach your full potential. Live, you’re not really trying to reach your full potential. You’re just reaching now, nowness. You’re reaching for a togetherness with the crowd and a moment that comes and passes.” And the band showcased that togetherness on Saturday. They’ll release a new track, the anxious ‘Dig Early’ (live, Kevin Terry’s guitar stabs during the song are mesmeric), on 7″ with Art for Blind records in the spring. They play Whelan’s this Friday, supporting Phospherescent, and will be back in Dublin on December 18, playing the Button Factory with Windings and Princess. All pictures after the jump by Brid O’Donovan.

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