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Wait A Minute!
As they prepare to release debut Marcata, Dublin act The Minutes talk about signing to Rubyworks, and declare that some bands just don’t cut the rock mustard
Roisin Dwyer, 02 Jun 2011
“We met them a few times initially,” explains Mark. “We’re not kids. We were old enough to go in and say, ‘We’re not settling for anything. This is what we want and this is how we want to do it.’ The first thing they said to us was how much they loved the record, which was really cool.”
The collection has an impressive cast including engineer Kevin McMahon who has previously worked with The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus and Dublin troubadour Mark Geary, John Goodmanson of Jaguar Love and Fight Like Apes fame mixed a couple of tracks and Rocky O’Reilly from Oppenheimer produced ‘Heartbreaker’. Also on the credits is James Felice of The Felice Brothers.
“He’s just a mate of Kevin’s,” notes Mark. “We went to the bar one night and he introduced us to this guy saying, ‘This is James, he plays in The Felice Brothers.’ We just needed a piano player for a couple of songs and he came down and played on the record. He was cool, we sat around drinking beer. It wasn’t very formal at all. He was helping out.”
The band paid a visit to CMJ Music Marathon and stayed on for the recording. Other North American visits over the last couple of years have included a stint at Canadian Music Week, while last year they went to South by Southwest.
“We thought, let’s go over there and play a rake of shows. At the minimum, everybody will know who we are,” says Austin of the SXSW visit. “We got Other Voices out of it too.”
The trio enjoyed their Dingle venture and took full advantage of
“It was a really surreal thing because we were being treated like everyone else. We weren’t the support band for once. Everybody was so nice,” Mark says. “They made us feel really welcome and were so encouraging. We were really nervous because it was going out on national TV and all the press were there, but we gave it our best shot.”
The band have supported many luminaries over the years, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Supergrass, The Von Bondies and The Pigeon Detectives. Given their incendiary live performances, one can easily imagine the troupe upstaging the main act on the odd occasion.