The Minutes live @ Fred Zeppelins, Cork 23 June 2018

We have managed to get to the halfway point of 2018, and despite previous fears, we have managed to do so without malignant, megalomaniacs blowing us all to smithereens. Another of the year’s big positives has been the abundance of great Irish music released, and in particular the re-emergence of some of our more established acts. Delorentos, David Kitt, Hedge Schools and Ash, (to name just a few) have all returned and the latter half of the year is set to see releases from We Cut Corners, Villagers and Brian Deady, all of which I am personally looking forward to.

The Minutes are another of Ireland’s prodigal sons making a comeback in 2018. The Dublin based, 3-piece burst onto the scene with the release of their excellent, 2011, debut ‘Marcata’, a record which is one of the strongest debuts by any Irish act of that time, in my opinion. However, The Minutes have been scarce since 2014’s follow up ‘Live Well, Change Often’ and it was great to see them release singles and put on tour dates in recent weeks.

Fred Zeppelin’s wouldn’t be one of Cork’s most prominent venues but it is certainly one of the city’s most intimate. The venue couldn’t be more than 40m² and it was a little disheartening to see that it wasn’t closer to capacity by the time The Minutes took to the stage. However, that feeling wasn’t long passing as ‘Gold’ got the show off to a blistering start.

There was no let-up in the intensity from the get-go, as the Dublin, rockers, expertly wheeled out the hits. An early highlight was their version of ‘In My Time Of Dying’ a song from the band for whom this venue was named. That was quickly followed by The Doors ‘Roadhouse Blues’ as way of an into to new single, ‘Got My Love’, which sounded exceptional live. ‘Love Hope And Other Plans’ the second of their new-releases was equally as good and featured a thumping outro.

After 11 songs, frontman, Mark Austin unapologetically announced; “You’re not getting any encore, so don’t bother asking – there is 3 left – they will be good – and then beer”. He proved true to his word; first up ‘Guilt Quilt’, featuring Austin on his knees in the crowd, had all of the pageantry that we have now become accustomed to. ‘Hold Your Hand’ followed suit and this time it was the turn of Cosgrove and his bass to join the crowd. The show finished up on the sensational, ‘Supernatural’ and the beer had been well and truly earned at that stage.

For me, the highlight of the show, was the floor vibrating beneath us as the opening bars of the fantastic, ‘Fleetwood’ rang out.

Words by Anthony Kelly