After a successful stint in Europe The Minutes returned to their native Dublin for a one off show in The Academy Saturday night before they head back on the road again. I last seen them live at the launch of their début album Marcata and couldn’t wait to catch up again with one of the best bands on the scene at the moment.
Support on the night came in the form of local band Leaders of men who have made a name for themselves in the past few months. They first came to my attention after they won the Play on the Day competition. They then went on to perform at the Guinness Storehouse on Arthur’s Day before holding their own headline show in Whelan’s towards the end of last year. It was my first time seeing them live after hearing such great things about them and I have to say I enjoyed them. They are a lot more melodic and less intense than The Minutes but they were good in their own right. They appeared to have a few fans of their own and it was easy to see how they have risen through the ranks so quickly.
By the time The Minutes were due on stage the place was packed to capacity. It’s great to see that The Minutes are now at a stage where they can sell out venues. They have worked hard over the years and genuinely deserve all the success that is coming their way. It made me long for the days when you could enjoy their music and still have room to dance and enjoy yourself. However as always we power on and absorb the atmosphere. They played a blinder from the offset and the constant touring has given them a renewed energy and made their live set flawless. They started with “In my time of dying” a song usually reserved for later in the set. Most of Marcata got an outing and they launched into to song after song only taking occasional breaks to interact with the audience. “Fleetwood” “Black Keys” and newly released single “Heartbreaker” got the biggest crowd reactions of the night and deservedly so. Singer Mark Austin gave a particularly memorable rant towards the end in relation to all the comparisons they are receiving to the Black keys. I can understand why they are receiving the comparisons as both bands stick to that raw energy classic rock and roll sound, but on tonight’s evidence I don’t think it will be long until the press begin comparing upcoming bands to The Minutes own unique sound.
The ears ringing and venue emptying I reflected on what had been thoroughly enjoyable rock and roll gig. The new fans have added an intensity to an already intense live show and undoubtedly all left extremely happy with their nights entertainment. The band are so tight now, the live show is almost perfected and truly The Minutes are as Ronseal as a band can get. The Minutes do rock and roll, it does what it says on the tin.