Album Review: The Minutes – Marcata

By on Wednesday, 18th January 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

The Minutes have been gaining a lot of coverage as of late here at TGTF Towers, from their debut single release to a fantastic live performance, Dublin’s newest blues-rock trio are gathering speed and could be heading for the big time. Having released their debut album ‘Marcata’ in Ireland in May last year, it’s now ready for a full UK release on Model Citizen Records.

Clocking in at just under 35 minutes, the 11-track LP is short, sharp affair that starts as it means to go on with a big, ballsy intro. This flows into the lead single ‘Black Keys’ that’s still as infectious as ever. The brash vocal style and inherent ‘rawk’ feel are complemented by the brass section that keeps the song bouncing and a real stand-out hit.

Despite hailing from the capital, the Minutes don’t sound stereotypically Irish: there’s no accordion or string section, in fact even Mark Austin’s vocals sound Americanised. This is a band who just want to make music their way, regardless of the connotations attached to them. These three guys create fist-pumping, wall to wall rock music. At times it’s anthemic and sometimes it’s softer, but it’s always the Minutes and doesn’t try to rip anyone off.

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That said, the band have included a cover of ‘In My Time of Dying’ (made famous by Led Zeppelin) on the album. This could have easily signalled the end of the band amongst rock fans everywhere but the Minutes make it their own. Their signature big-sound seems to exponentially expand until your speakers almost burst, for three guys the sound they create is astounding. It’s the giant instrumentals that really make the band stand out with the groove guitar, deep bass and pounding drums, at times reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age (especially with the static overtones).

The only negative aspects of ‘Marcata’ are the oddly placed interludes. Midway through the album there’s a 1-minute 45 second instrumental immediately followed by a 30 second instrumental. The band could be accused of simply writing filler material, but using two tracks to fill 2 minutes and 15 seconds of a record just doesn’t make sense. Merging the two into one longer, ballsier, more experimental interlude would keep the pace and intrigue aloft as the LP spins on. Regardless of these seemingly wasted minutes, the band’s debut full-length packs a raucous punch that could give the Minutes the boost they need.

8/10

The Minutes’ debut album ‘Marcata’ will be released on the 30th of January on Model Citizen Records. The band will tour the UK in February and March; all the details are here.

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