Written by Kat Nicholls The more gigs I go to, the more I find my priorities changing. Yes I look forward to seeing a favourite band playing live and soaking up all that endorphan-y, sweaty goodness in the atmosphere, but also I get quite excited about the supporting acts. It seems the days are gone where some shitty band came on that were just a poorer version of the headliners, now I seem to find hidden gems and new favourite sounds. This ended up being the case when I went to review 'The Hours' when they supported Kasabian at the Portsmouth Guildhall. Not only were 'The Hour's' pretty special, but the band before them have become a bit of a wonderful enigma to me. As I walked into the venue, on stage stood a pretty girl with a short brown bob and an awesome cape reading 'Dark Horses'. They played a pretty intense set for a first supporting act who were only singing for a few faces. See, this is when the magic happens, when everyone else is heading to the bar to get pissed up. I didn't get the band's name unfortunately and couldn’t find anything on Spotify or Myspace about 'Dark Horses' apart from a country band... so an enigma they became. Their music sounded like a mixture of 'Howling Bells', 'Bat for Lashes' with the lead singer looking the spitting image of Karen O. Personally I loved it and am still hunting to find out their name! Even Kasabian, who were cheekily poking their heads out from the side of the stage, seemed engrossed by her almost trance like state as she sung. So we were off to a good start support-wise and I was excited to see what 'The Hours' were going to have in store for us. The Hours are quite established and most of you would probably recognise their album cover, if not their name, (a big skull with clocks for eyes). Supporting Kasabian and later on this year U2, the band are riding with some big names off the back of their second album "See the Light". This album is incredibly 'of the times' with the title track supposedly 'looking for positive things in difficult times'. In fairness, they've picked a good theme and a lot of people are going to connect with their lyrics, so I commend them for that. The set itself was an incredibly energetic and passionate one, (I know that's quite a cliché statement to write, but in this case it simply was). The two founding members, Antony Genn and Martin Slattery played like they were headlining Glastonbury. After all, the worst thing about supporting acts is when they clearly think they are bigger than their headliners and look bored, luckily these guys didn't and even responded cheerfully when an audience member shouted out "Who are you?". All they cared about was getting their message across and that the audience were having a good time. At this point the room had started to fill, but of course most were propping up the bar waiting for Kasabian, not that The Hours cared, I get the feeling they would have played exactly the same way if it was just me and my boyfriend standing there. The music itself is somewhere in between Keane and Kasabian, very melodic with some nice piano riffs thrown in. Their songs on the whole were upbeat even though some lyrics were a bit more harrowing. For example their first single, "Big Black Hole" is predominantly about alcoholism. Their second and next single to be released July 12th, 'These Days' is much more upbeat reminding the audience that 'these days' are all we have. This seems to be a philosophy they live by in their personal lives and musical ones. They were giving it their all at this gig and played like it was their last, I can imagine every day is like that for these guys. Check out their website for more live dates.