Who? After years waiting in the wings Antony Genn (guitar, vocals) and Martin Slattery (keyboard) teamed up in 2004 to make music for themselves. With a combined rï¿½sumï¿½ that includes Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape, and Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, this pop duo have cut their teeth with an esteemed group of frontmen. Joining forces has earned the twosome numerous accolades including the endorsements of pop-tunesmith Jarvis Cocker and world-renowned artist Damien Hirst, whose artwork graces the cover of the Hours’ debut LP, Narcissus Road, which is out now in the U.K. via A&M. Plans for a domestic release are slated for January.
What’s the Deal? Following a credo that exemplifies honesty and asserts ambition to change the musical landscape, the duo has released the self-produced Narcissus Road, an eleven track power-pop rummage through the dark that never gets dreary. Album opener “Ali in the Jungle” is an inspirational jaunt through the folds of the downtrodden, hip with references to a bevy of cultural figures including Nelson Mandela and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Strewn with jangley piano, earworm hooks and wheelbarrows of earnestness, Narcissus Road will steal fans smitten with the likes of Keane and Snow Patrol.
Fun Fact: Antony Genn wrote some of the lyrics to “Ali in the Jungle” on his mobile phone while at a Patti Smith concert three years ago. How’s that for a splash of inspiration?ï¿½
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