Dublin rock ‘n’ roll trio the Minutes are set to play the Odessa Club in Dublin next Wednesday (November 26th) as part of the venue’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Band member Mark Austin took the time to speak to TLMT about the group’s sophomore album Live Well, Change Often and their plans for the future.
With 2014 coming to a close, how do you look back on the year and the release of the Minutes’ second album?
‘Cherry Bomb’ was a success on the radio. Today FM to be exact. They really got behind it and gave it some serious airplay. But even at that the year was stifled a bit, between me getting sick and having to cancel shows and us generally not playing as many shows as we would have liked, its been an odd one for sure. Roll on 2015 says I.
With the album’s release, sold-out Whelan’s shows and festival appearances. Was there a particular highlight for the band?
The last Whelan’s show was an important one for us. I felt we had nothing to prove to anyone at that point and we owed it to ourselves to go out and enjoy the gig. It wasn’t the tightest show we’ve ever played. It was loose and there was a lot of improvisation going on but I’ve not enjoyed a gig like that in years. And by us visibly relishing the crowd really got behind us. There was a special atmosphere that night.
The album was very well received. During my review of the L.P I said it was your best to date. How do you feel about the album?
It’s different. I don’t look back on the process fondly, nor do I believe it’s our best work or anywhere near it. I’m hungry to get back into the studio to make a superior record. Like any artist you should always want to better your previous efforts.
Have you listened back to the album as a whole recently?
I probably listened to it start to finish when the masters came back to us at the start of the year. I’ll doubt I’ll ever listen to it again. Theres nothing new in there for me to discover.
Are you currently writing or working on ideas for album number 3 or is it too early?
Yes we are in the process, we’re writing. It’s going well. I’ve no Idea how its going to sound and that energises me.
With 2015 nearly here, what do the Minutes have planned for the coming year?
A German tour in February with a bit more in Europe throughout the summer. More writing and hopefully recording the next record too.
The Minutes play Odessa Club, Dublin as part of the club’s 10th birthday (month) on Wednesday 26th November. Doors: 8pm. Pre gig Q & A with Stuart Clarke. Tickets: €10 / €8 (students) via entertainment.ie.