Over the course of December, we’ll be running a series of interviews with Irish acts reflecting on the past 12 months, how it was for them and for music in general. As part of the 2013 round-up there may also be a couple of lists to sink your ears in to as well. Here’s the first act to be featured in the round-up, Altered Hours.

It’s been a great year for Cork five piece Altered Hours. They released ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’ on 10″ with the German label A Records, won over plenty of new fans with their summer slots at the festivals, continuing that trend at Hard Working Class Heroes, and with a headline tour of Ireland. Singer and guitarist Cathal Mac Gabhann, who also plays with Grave Lanterns, reflects on his and the band’s year.

How has 2013 been for Altered Hours? What have been the highlights of the year?
I have had a good year with the Altered Hours. We’ve got to tour a lot more than previous years and released ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’ which is a record we are really proud of.

Best gig you’ve played? And best festival you played/attended?
I enjoyed our gig at Workman’s Club, Dublin with Documenta. Liverpool International festival of Psychedelia was something special too, that whole festival is really well put together.

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What are some of your favourite songs of the year?
Cate Le Bon – ‘I think I knew’

Dead Meadow – ‘1000 Dreams’

Ice Age – ‘Morals’

Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Food for Clouds’

Which new bands, Irish or abroad, have you been impressed by this year?
New to me? I listen to a lot of older music in general, Awesome Tapes From Africa is a great new label rereleasing music and I’ve been listening to a lot from that. Bright Channel aren’t extremely ‘new’ but I discovered them recently too. I’m listening to a lot of the Northern Drones at the moment, I really enjoy Documenta too and Girls Names.

And finally, what plans have Altered Hours got in the works for 2014?
There’s a 7″ coming out in Febuary with a track called ‘Dig Early’, a couple of tours are being booked at the moment too which will be announced pretty soon. I’m really looking forward to some more recording as we’re going back to work with Fabien Leseure again at the Funkhaus studio in Berlin and record all our new ideas.