About the Tour
The Certain Three Tour returns for its fifth year this April with another eclectic lineup of three of the most exciting acts to emerge from Ireland and the UK in some time.
Curated and organised by Irish booking agency Word of Mouth, this year’s tour sees psych-rock act The Altered Hours (A Recordings) and New-York/Dublin-based literary pop artist Myles Manley join Manchester’s new shoegaze stars Patterns (Melodic Records) for five dates across Ireland.
After five years, fifteen bands, and over twenty-five different venues, The Certain Three Tour has become a staple of the music calendar, with previous tours featuring acts as diverse as Katie Kim, O Emperor, We Cut Corners, Windings, The Lost Brothers and Alessi’s Ark.
At just over a tenner a ticket for three acts, The Certain Three tour could be the best value going this January in rip off Ireland…It’s a tour with very good credentials.
…the Certain Three Tour was conceived by a canny promoter as an annual start-of-year taster for (mostly) Irish acts we’re hopefully going to be seeing and hearing a lot more of.
The Irish Times
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THE ALTERED HOURS
The Altered Hours exist in a swirl of the psychedelic and hypnotic.
The band’s debut release, Downstream, was recorded in a reclaimed government building which housed the band’s Cracks in the Light Studio, and was released independently.
Their latest EP, Sweet Jelly Roll, was produced by Fabien Leseure in Berlin and released in April 2013 as a 10” vinyl on Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings Ltd (home to The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dirty Beaches, Dead Skeletons etc).
The Altered Hours have brought their blend of guitar-driven garage rock and lush dream pop to audiences around Europe, including tours with White Hills, Singapore Sling and invitations back to play both Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia and Electric Picnic for two years in a row.
The band will return to Berlin in the coming months to record their debut album in the city’s legendary Funkhaus studio.
Myles Manley is a popstar from Sligo, Ireland who released a first greatest hits collection Greatest Hits 2012-2013 in September 2013.
The 13-track album collects the best of three collections of songs released in 2012/2013. The first was a self-titled EP of orchestrated folk; the second a sparse rocknroll album called Rocknroll Vicar / Rocknroll Priest made with backing band The Little People; and the third an EP called Jagger Manqué with electronic arrangements by London-based producer Mr. Jefferson. (Genres are rough and songs, songs.)
Myles Manley’s Greatest Hits 2012-2013 was preceded by a further single Next Please in summer 2013 and festival appearances at Castlepalooza and Electric Picnic, and followed by an Irish and UK tour in support of the release.
A new 7″ single will be released later this year.
Anchored pop-infused shoegaze, as are contemporaries Deerhunter and Panda Bear, Patterns extract the walls of dissonance of bands like The Jesus & Mary Chain or My Bloody Valentine and soften the edges. Using electronics and hushed reverb and delay, they aim towards the otherworldly, putting their vocals to the forefront to create a real emotional core. Speaking about the aforementioned 80s influences, McAuley explains that Patterns “never wanted to be a rock band in the same way that those guys were” making “music that’s somewhere between drone and pop, almost like it’s stretched in two different directions.
The sound of 80s shoegaze and noise pop isn’t the only influence on the band’s sound, they lend freelyfrom the Flying Lotus or Brainfeeder school of electronica, as well as the warped pop of Gold Panda. Using Ableton Live, an SP 404 sampler, a Microkorg XL and a host of plugins, Patterns refuse to be one of those bands that record themselves ‘live in studio’, instead opting to mess with their sounds in the trend of many a bedroom artist. Finding ideas in the surreal cinema of Luis Buñuel, the philosophy of Jacques Derrida and the writings of Franz Kafka and Milan Kundera, it becomes clear the band find influence across a myriad of distinct outlets.
In a world focused on image and attention seeking, Patterns are a breath of fresh air that recall the days when new music and sounds were discovered through exploration, when gems were discovered live, hidden away in metropolitan backwaters or isolated rural territories.
Word of Mouth Agency has been running the Certain Three Tour for the last five years, featuring both Irish and international acts in venues across Ireland and sometimes the UK.
Below are the posters, lineups and tour dates for the past four tours: