The Hours 2011 North American tour dates with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

The Hours

U.K.'s The Hours are excited to announce their return to North America this November for a nine-date tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The dates kick off in Toronto, Ontario on November 7th at Massey Hall and wind down in San Francisco, CA on November 19th at the Orpheum Theater.

The Hours will also be releasing a new EP, I Want More, on Adeline Records on November 1, 2011.

The tour comes one year after The Hours' first full-length U.S. release, 2010's It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish. The album saw the band putting their own twist on Brit-pop with songs fueled by soaring choruses and powerful ballads.

Produced and mixed by the band and renowned producer Flood (U2, Depeche Mode), the 11-song set features the band's iconic "Ali In The Jungle," which was featured in Nike's 2010 Winter Olympic TV/web campaign The Human Chain.

The Guardian hailed the band as "putting every last emotion and sinew in a death-or-glory assault on pop's heavyweight title" while The Sun said the album is "stunning and they're great live...and their fans include the Gallaghers, Damon Albarn and Bono."

One of the most dynamic and provocative rock ensembles on the London music scene today, The Hours got their start when singer-songwriter-guitarist Antony Genn (whose BritPop credentials include stints with Pulp and Elastica), and multi-instrumentalist Martin Slattery (whose resume includes playing with Shaun Ryder's Black Grape) formed The Mescaleros with then-former Clash-frontman Joe Strummer in 1999.

The Mescaleros performed their first gig in Genn's hometown of Sheffield in June 1999 and Antony (who'd been all of eight years old when London Calling first hit the record store racks) co-wrote and co-produced Rock Art & the X Ray Style, the highly-acclaimed album that marked Strummer's long-awaited return to music.

The Hours' music has inspired contributions from a variety of high-profile artists. Damien Hirst, the controversial post-modern UK artist, threw his support behind the band and developed the representative clock-eyed skull logo used in The Hours' artwork and onstage set.

Likewise, the music video for "See The Light" features actress Sienna Miller and was directed by the legendary Tony Kaye (American History X).

The Hours - "See The Light" video:

The Hours North American tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

November 2011

11/7 - Toronto, ONT - Massey Hall
11/8 - Toronto, ONT - Massey Hall
11/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
11/12 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
11/14 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11/15 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall
11/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall
11/19 - San Francisco, CA - Orpheum Theatre

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