The Hours (band)
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|Past members||Peter Wilkinson Ben Relton|
Antony Genn got his start as a 16-year-old joining Pulp and went on to play with Elastica and Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. He went on to co-write a number of songs with Robbie Williams, Josh Homme, Brian Eno, Ian Brown from The Stone Roses, Scott "Walker" Engel, Jarvis Cocker, Lee Hazlewood and others, along with writing and producing scores for film and television.
Martin Slattery is an established pianist and keyboard player, who had previously toured with Shaun Ryder’s group Black Grape. Both Genn and Slattery also have worked with Joe Strummer as a part the group the Mescaleros, and Slattery has written and worked with KT Tunstall, Grace Jones and Joe Strummer.
The band is managed by Pat Magnarella who also manages The All-American Rejects, the Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day. The artwork for the band, including the skull image, was created by British artist Damien Hirst. He is cited as having Michael Buble as one of his biggest influences.
They have received support from BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, and from Jarvis Cocker who said "They understand what music is for—it's for human beings to communicate with other human beings. It's that simple, it's that important. Let them into your life. You won't regret it."
Their single "Ali in the Jungle" is featured in the EA Sports FIFA '08 football game, '2K Sports NBA 2K13' and is the song that snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan entered to in all his matches at the 2010 Wembley Masters during his run to the final. "People Say" has twice been used in the opening scenes of British soap opera Hollyoaks.
Their second album, entitled See the Light, was released on 20 April 2009, and was produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins). It was preceded by the single "Big Black Hole" on 6 April that year.
The Hours were the support act for U2 on their 360 Tour in 2009.
Their song "Ali in the Jungle" is the soundtrack to the Nike short film Human Chain, which debuted as an advertisement during the 2010 Winter Olympics. They released an EP with "Ali In The Jungle" through Hickory Records.
- Narcissus Road - 5 February 2007, A&M Records - UK No. 47
- See the Light - 20 April 2009, A&M Records UK No. 115
|Year||Release date||Title||UK Singles||Album|
|2006||6 November||"Ali in the Jungle"||113||Narcissus Road|
|2007||22 January||"Back When You Were Good"||NA||Narcissus Road|
|2007||26 March||"Love You More"||194||Narcissus Road|
|2008||8 December||"See The Light"||NA||See the Light|
|2009||6 April||"Big Black Hole"||NA||See the Light|
- The Hours: Biography & History AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
- Song Facts: Ali in the Jungle by The Hours SongFacts.com. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
- The Hours - It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish Discogs.com. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
- "Official Site". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012.
- MySpace page
- Free download of 'Murder or Suicide'
- A & M Records
- Scotsman interview with Antony Genn
- Interview with Antony on LeftLion.co.uk
- Playlouder 'Class of 2007' interview with Antony Genn
- GQ Online album review of Narcissus Road
- Rockfeedback single review of Back When You Were Good
- Drowned in Sound single review of Back When You Were Good
- Ali In The Jungle performance live at the Zodiac, Oxford, UK on 9 March 2007
- Nike press release for "Human Chain"