With MUZU.TV HQ based in Dublin, we’re always keen to support local home grown talent. We caught up with Dublin boys The Minutes, who are fast becoming one of the latest exports from the Irish music scene who are on the road to indie rock stardom. We asked them a few questions about what it’s like to tour with greats such as Albert Hammond Jnr, and what 2012 has in store for them.
Artrocker have described you as “The greatest rock and roll band in Dublin”, which is certainly an accolade, do you feel worthy of this?
“As far as we’re concerned we’re the best band in the world . Thats not being cocky either . That’s something all bands gotta believe otherwise whats the point, you know? Artrocker can write what they want, sure its nice, and that reviewer has obviously got great taste But it don’t really bother us either way. They could just have easily have called us the worst band in Dublin.
Tell us a little bit about the Dublin music scene and how it has nurtured The Minutes to the band they are today.
The Dublin music scene had nothing to do with the band becoming who we are. We aren’t part of any collectives, cliques or ought like that. We made this band ourselves. The fact that we’re from Dublin is just a happy coincidence.
You released Marcata in 2011 to great reviews, was the album release a particular highlight?
Obviously it was great to finally have our Album out for all to hear. We’ve worked for years to to get to this point. So when the album dropped we were happy, we celebrated but we also kept planning for the next step.
You’ve a long standing history as a band, playing together for over 9 years. How does that influence and shape the way you create music together?
We’ve only been The Minutes for the past 4 years. Before that we were in the same band but the music was shit. But the upside of that is we know each other so well now. We’ve played together for longer than some peoples marriages last.
You’ve already supported modern rock and indie mainstays such as Albert Hammond Jnr, Supergrass and The Pigeon Dectives, do you drawn influence touring with bands that have already made their mark on the scene?
What we learned from all those bands was how to run your ship professionally. It gave us a good hunger, to want what they had. And hopefully we’ll get there.
You’ve got a UK and Irish tour planned at the beginning of 2012, what else can we expect from you next year, anything else in the pipeline for the minutes?
January will involve some writing for Album no 2 plus a trip to Eurosonic. February we have our UK tour, a trip to Russia and our own headline in the Academy Dublin. March will be SXSW plus an EP release in the USA, then Back to Scotland for some more shows . April will probably be in Germany again & hopefully France too. Summer will be festivals and in-between that Recording album no 2.
So, catch ‘em while they’re hot, and check out the awesome video for Black Keys below.
Check out the official The Minutes website here.