The début EP from Hour 24 makes a splash with a big sound, drive rhythms, and strong vocals.

Riding the edge between hard rock and metal with powerful and catchy riffs that provide a strong foundation for blazing solos and gripping vocals, Hour 24 has crafted a powerful début release with One Step At A Time.

The voice is a magnificent instrument. However, many rock/metal bands with a female singer are either very operatic or too sickeningly pop sweet. With Hour 24, you have a strong female vocalist in Rachel Mayer that harkens back to the great female rock singers such as Ann Wilson and Pat Benetar. Her range and dynamics, combined with stellar guitar playing by Dan Quigley and Cody Sizemore, and the blistering rhythms of Max Klein (bass) and Mike Neumann (drums) make Hour 24 rise above the fray.


Standout tracks on One Step At A Time include the “Stranger to Me,” which has speed and agility in both the guitar solos as well as the driving drums.

“Awakening” hints at the sound of Altered Bridge with its deep focus on melody while still keeping the song heavy.

“Rebound” offers up a fantastic rolling drum lick that is punctuated by galloping guitars.

Taking a break from the speed and intensity, “Solstice” is pastel painting of arpeggios and fantastic percussion punctuated by a grand chorus.

“The Truth” brings another highly energetic song that once again highlights the soaring vocals of Rachel Mayer and the impressive drumming of Mike Neumann. The guitar solo here is tasteful without being over the top.

Hour 24 exudes talent on One Step At A Time. This young band has a great future ahead of them as they continue to refine their song writing and stand apart from the trends by pursuing their originality.

Check out the video for “Take Me Away” from Hour 24:

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Hour 24 Tour Schedule:
Work Hard Play Hard Tour Part One (With Boys Of Fall)
(Dates to be announced Friday, August 15th)
September 12th Hamtramck MI Payckeck’s Lounge
September 13th Joliet IL TBA
September 14th St. Louis MO TBA
September 16th Houston TX The White Swam
September 17th Amarillo TX Bosco’s
September 18th Albuquerque NM Gasworks
September 19th Phoenix AZ TBA

Epic Proportions Tour
September 22nd-November 5th
(All Dates TBA in late August)

Work Hard Play Hard Tour Part Two (With Nadin)
(Dates to be announced in September)
November 6th Albuquerque NM TBA
November 7th Denver CO Casselman’s
November 8th Kansas City MO TBA
November 9th Indianapolis IN Irving Theater
November 10th Newport KY TBA
November 11th Clarksburg WV TBA
November 12th Smyrna DE TBA
November 13th West Babylon NY Evolution Sound Stage
November 14th Boston MA TBA
November 15th Pittsburgh PA TBA
November 16th Cleveland OH TBA
November 21st Utica MI Hatchy’s

About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.