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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
“Every time we get a support gig we think, ‘Let’s blow these motherfuckers away,” admits Mark. “We weren’t going to blow BRMC away though. We’re big fans of theirs. And Supergrass! That was the one time I was nervous. I am such a fan of Supergrass, I grew up listening to them. I’ve never had that with anyone else – usually I don’t give a fuck about the other band.”
The Minutes have quite a dynamic approach to live performance and have shaken it up on quite a few occasions by bringing fans on magical mystery tours, booze cruises and playing in living rooms. Is it important to keep the show fresh for the audience?
“Yeah, and for yourself,” states Mark. “I think we’ve played everywhere in Dublin probably ten times or more. The last time, we did a gig in the boat and played a show after in the Leeson Lounge. The boat was great craic and then in the Leeson Lounge was amazing. It’s easier for us as we’re a three-piece so we can pretty much play anywhere.”
The band also have a novel approach to songwriting.
“In 2009, we gave ourselves from May to Septmber to write the songs for the album,” he says. “We had hundreds of songs so we said, ‘Let’s fuck all that in the bin, and just write the record we want to do’. Over that time we were playing late shows in Whelan’s. We’d rehearse two or three days a week and play the songs at night to see if they got a reaction. If they did, we’d keep them. If not, we’d work on them or scrap them.”
Ever contrary, the trio are working ahead on the next two records, not
“We’re planning the second one but shortly after that we want to release the third one as well,” he declares. “There is no excuse for sitting around on your arse. We want to keep it going, we don’t want to disappear.”
The Minutes’ debut album Marcata is out now on Rubyworks. The Minutes play The Forum, Waterford on June 4 and Dolan's, Limerick on June 11 as part of the Hot Press Freezer Sessions. Tickets are free but must be applied for at hotpress.com, where you can listen to album track 'Black Keys'.