The Minutes: Tour Diary
Ahead of their trip to Eurosonic and February show in the Academy, The Minutes fill us in on how they spent Winter 2011 on the road getting hassled by the Bundespolizei.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 31 Dec 2011
For a special New Year’s treat, here’s a first-hand account of the hard touring life of an Irish band. Shane Kinsella, drummer for greaser rock trio The Minutes, caught up with Hot Press prior to their December headlining slots across Europe, to fill us in on the realities of playing support on a November-long, 23-date tour with Flogging Molly.
With a fantastic 2011 fading to a close, a year which took in the release of their well received debut LP Marcata, a raft of gigs on the continent and ended with their first headline show in London, and a 2012 that will bring a trip to Eurosonic, their biggest-ever Dublin gig in the Academy and a spring tour of the UK ahead, it was the perfect time to take a snapshot of the band’s experiences.
You can catch them next at The Academy on February 11.
Speaking in a noisy Berlin bar as December drew near, Shane Kinsella was quick to point out that their supporting gig for Flogging Molly wasn’t exactly all glamour:
“We’ve been here for a few days off and been buzzing around Berlin, which is cool, but anywhere else we haven’t seen. We had a plan to check out everywhere we were going but that stopped at Manchester! There’s no time, you can’t even stop for a piss!"
When did you realise it would be a tough slog?
When we got into Copenhagen, that’s when the shit started hitting the fan, y’know?! I fell asleep in the back of the van in Norwich and woke up in Germany. It was mad. We rented this van off the dodgiest man I’ve ever met in my life in Manchester. We were meant to have a plug socket in the back for laptops, that wasn’t there. The TV screen and radio worked for about a day. From there on we were on our own. We’ve got no heating in the back of the van either! We’re all going around with sleeping bags on us nearly every night, fecking freezing.
What’s The Minutes’ touring set-up like?
Aside from the band we’ve got three lads working with us as well. Our tour manager/driver Jeremy, then Simon for backline tech and our sound engineer Matt. So there’s six of us in the van.
There’s been a couple of rows, shit’s gone down. It’s basically been the hardest thing we’ve ever done. No one really prepares you for something like this. We’d be driving for nine hours some days. Mark, our singer, helps out a bit with the driving but not much. Jamie’s been flat-out driving. After every gig, we leave the venue and drive for maybe two hours to get to the hotel, then get up and nine and start driving again.