U.K.’s The Hours, hailed by the mighty Gallagher as well as artists like Damon Albarn and Bono, have announced their next appearances in North America this November for nine dates opening for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, starting in Toronto, Ontario on November 7th at Massey Hall. Their new EP, I Want More, will be released on Adeline Records on November 1, 2011.

The Hours’ tour takes place just a year after their debut full-length U.S. release, 2010′s It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish, produced and mixed by the band and producer Flood (U2, Depeche Mode).

The Hours considered to be one of the “most dynamic and provocative rock ensembles on the London music scene today,”  began when Sheffield-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Antony Genn (whose creds 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 The Clash’s Joe Strummer in 1999. The Hours’ music has also inspired many high-profile artists to contribute to their cause, among them, Damien Hirst, the UK artist, who loved them so much he went on to develop the band’s clock-eyed skull logo used in their artwork and onstage set. Their video for “See The Light” features actress Sienna Miller and was directed by the legendary Tony Kaye (American History X).

THE HOURS TOUR DATES

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