Perfectly Scripted - The Script on their success both sides of the Atlantic - SEE VIDEO
Irish chart-topping band The Script is enjoying success on both sides of the Atlantic, fueled by its mainstream hit “Breakeven” and a concert tour that lands on the East Coast this week. MIKE FARRAGHER chats to lead singer Danny O’Donoghue about the band’s success, and plans for the future.
You'd have to be living under a rock not to heard of The Script. Fronted by charismatic singer Danny O’Donoghue, the band has struck chart gold with hits like “Breakeven” and “We Cry.”
The band, which includes fellow Dubliners Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, has shared the stage with U2 and Paul McCartney, had their songs featured on shows and VH1 playlists, and sold two million units worldwide.
Yet this is not the story of an overnight sensation. These are Irish music veterans working for years in boy bands (Mytown) and behind the scenes as songwriters and producers before forming The Script.
I have interviewed O’Donoghue over the years in each of those incarnations, and it is truly heartwarming to see the success that this tireless work is now bestowing on him.
Now, he is mopping up as much juice as possible with the late-breaking success of their monster hit “Breakeven” by headlining a U.S. tour this month (they stop in New York at Terminal 5 on Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5).
After that, they will be unleashing their second album. Science & Faith hits U.S. shores in January.
In the event you are worried about the stereotypical sophomore slump, fear not! The new album is currently enjoying the top slot on the U.K. charts.
I spoke with O’Donoghue last week about fame, Twitter, and the making of the new Script album. Here’s how it went:
When we last spoke in February, the album was just gaining steam on VH1. Now look at you! Number one hits! What were the highlights for you?
We are doing in the past two years what some other bands spent a lifetime to do. The first album went to number one in the U.K. and the U.S., and now the second one hit number one in the U.K. Having number one albums is certainly a highlight.
Supporting Paul McCartney in New York and U2 in our home turf was a highlight as well. Those gigs were unreal.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to have Paul McCartney give you a nod like that.
To get a seal of approval from a guy like him was amazing. We were told we were his favorite band and we didn’t believe it. We just assumed he heard one of the hits or something.
But he really did like the whole album and was very generous with his audience. He encouraged us to go for it!
I spoke with Glen Hansard about supporting groups…
(Interrupts) I am very familiar with Glen! He inducted me into rock and roll. My brother’s band toured with them years ago and at the tender age of 14, he fed me booze and cigarettes in the back of the tour bus and taught me cards.
I remember a game called s***thead that he would play. It was an Irish rock and roll hall of fame moment.
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