Congratulations to The Script, the Irish band that sold out the 80,000-seat Croke Park just days after their June 2015 show at the venue was announced. Pharrell Williams is set to support the band on stage and according to the Irish Independent, it is expected that Hozier and Kodaline will also make an appearance.
"Oh my God, we sold out Croker," said the band's drummer Glen Power in a message to their fans last night.
"Honestly, there are no fans out there in the world like The Script family. Thank you for this life. Thank you for the job that we have and thank you for supporting us from day one and for giving us this chance to do this amazing gig."
The band has been all over television here in the last few weeks, dropping by to do "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Today" and "The Rachael Ray Show" in support of their new album, "No Sound Without Silence." The album is chock full of pop rock gems that are tailor-made to fill a stadium, so fair play to them!
I first met The Script’s frontman Danny O’Donoghue when he was riding the Boyzone boy band wave gripping Ireland back in 2000. At the time I interviewed him he was in the middle of a bubblegum pop tour that included an electronica Abba tribute band called A*Teens.
I remember liking him immediately and glad he got his 15 minutes of relative fame. He was undaunted when that bubble burst (mercifully), choosing to spend the time out of the limelight to focus on writing songs and producing music on both sides of the Atlantic.
O’Donoghue has steered the band past one-hit wonder status, scoring enough hits with The Script over four albums to keep the heat on the band.
Mark Sheehan has been his partner since back in those boyband days and, along with drummer Glen Power, they have worked their butts off to get to this moment. It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys!
With that as the backdrop, "No Sound Without Silence" is peppered with uplifting messages about pursuing your dreams and staying true to your heart that come from persisting through decades of highs and lows in the music business.
“My head is full of things that I should have done/my heart is heavy and it sinks like a stone/she said ‘is this the life you’ve been dreaming of? Spending half the days away from the things you love/it’s not too late to do something new/if you don’t love what you do/it’s not right/if you really have to think about it,” O’Donoghue sings on “It’s Not Right for You,” a march of a rocker.
“The Energy Never Dies” is a U2-like ditty that warns against putting off living life in favor of living for the moment. “Superheroes” was the leadoff single from the disc and it is a catchy tribute to those of us who were told we would never amount to anything, only to prove the world wrong. “Every day, every hour/turn that pain into power,” O’Donoghue sings.
This being a pop band, "No Sound Without Silence" has to be sprinkled with some songs about love and longing to keep the teenage girls humming along. “Army of Angels” describes what it feels like to have a woman’s love in this dangerous world.
This Dublin group’s sound has always sounded far away from the Emerald Isle, but they flirt with Irish melodies on the last two songs on their new album. “Paint the Town Green” is an anthem in the making, anchored in a vague Irish melody that begs for a high step as the lads promise to party “and make these streets our own.”
On “Hail Rain or Sunshine” they take a Phil Coulter piano arrangement and throw dynamite into the good time chorus. It’s easy to imagine stepdancers everywhere tapping to this pair of rockers.
"No Sound Without Silence" is one of those albums you’ll put on when the world has kicked you a few times too many. This band has been there as well and these uplifting songs are proof that anything is possible – including selling out Croke Park!
Typical Irish being what they are, the critics have slogged the band’s new songs and there have been comments online that The Script was only able to sell out Croke Park with the help of white-hot Pharrell. This band is undaunted and takes the knocks in stride.
“It’s an old rule: if you get five star reviews as a band you know you’re in trouble,” O'Donoghue tells the Irish Independent, when asked about the low opinion the critics have for the band.
“The critics love you – and nobody is going to buy your records. You have your five stars and you’ll sell 10,000 records. We’d rather sell millions. That’s how it is.” And 80,000 fans can’t be wrong!
The band is embarking on a world tour that takes them through next spring. They flew under the radar this summer, opening for OneRepublic in sheds across North America. With this kind of success, could a Madison Square Garden gig be far behind?
For information on the band visit www.thescriptmusic.com.