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In Session: The Golden Hours?
By Matthew Crist

Golden Hours
The Golden Hours hug BBC Radio Berkshire in their Session with Jenny Minard

In Session at BBC Radio Berkshire this week was five-piece The Golden Hours, or is it Golden Hours?

It is something that the guys are not too sure of themselves.

"It's open for debate" Alex told us, "I don't like THE, for some reason, The Golden Hours makes me think of a James Bond film".

The band are no strangers to the music scene having recorded and played as The Wookies for the past five years and achieving a loyal following.


They had hits such as In the Forest, but now, despite keeping the original line-up they have decided to rebrand themselves.

"We had a bit of an identity crisis and we felt we don't sound like The Wookies anymore", explains Luke.

"So we wrote some new songs and decided to put them under a new name."

That new name actually comes from a photographic term, something that budding amateur snapper Will tried to describe.

"We spent a couple of weeks coming up with random band names and spouting words at each other," he says.

"The golden hours are that period in the morning or evening when the light has a certain golden quality that is really good for taking photos."

Golden Hours

Golden Hours are certainly not ashamed of their former guise, in fact one of the highlights of their career so far was hearing themselves being played by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 music.

He is a radio icon in the eyes of Alex. He says: "It really was emotional, it's the biggest thing that's happened to us."

Along with the new name comes some new material in the form of a double A side, Pioneering and Wash the Night Eyes, two differing songs which highlight the bands fondness of sharing the limelight.

They maintain a unique and democratic process of dividing both performing and writing duties. "Alex's lyrics are powerful and more politically charged, whereas Will's style is more melodic and I'm somewhere in between", Luke says.

Golden Hours are Alex, James, Luke, Sam and Will and begin performing under their new identity this month, starting at Play in Milford Road, Reading on Saturday, 13 March.

Local bands Vienna Ditto, Sixty Watt Bayonets and Attention Thieves will also play at the gig which starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £5 door, £4 advance Buy tickets

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