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Once You Pop You Just Can't Stop
Tete-at-tetes with Paul McCartney, praise from John Mayer, support slots with U2 and Take That... it’s been a whirlwind two years for THE SCRIPT. But, with a new album that confronts weighty subjects such as the recession, it’s clear these three Dublin lads still have their feet firmly on the ground. They talk about channelling their inner Manic Street Preacher, and explain why, despite their success, they won’t be splashing out on Rolexes. words Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark, 13 Oct 2010
Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, a.k.a. chart conquering Irish pop behemoths The Script, are looking on nervously as a bunch of scurvy hacks listen to a pre-release playback of their new album in the control room at Windmill Lane Studios.
Not afraid to display their inner Mrs. Doyles, the lads hand out tea ‘n’ sarnies while journalistic heads nod and feet tap in all the right places.
Like its two million-selling predecessor, Science & Faith is a record blessed from start (‘You Won’t Feel A Thing’) to finish (‘Exit Wounds’) with songs that you just know will be keeping Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Kanye, Kylie et al company for the next couple of years on top 40 radio.
Given the plaudits The Script got last year when they opened for Take That, U2 and Paul McCartney – more of whom anon – on their ginormodome tours, they’re also likely to be reverberating round a good few stadiums as well.
Not, we hasten to add, that the lads are taking anything for granted.
“Some bands have a couple of hits and think, ‘job done’, but just because your first album sold ‘x’ copies it doesn’t automatically mean your second one’s going to do the same,” Danny O’Donoghue reflects between mouthfuls of the one ham sanger that’s escaped the voracious press-pack. “We may have achieved a degree of success, but we’re still going to go back and talk to the same local radio stations and newspapers that supported us when we were starting out.”
It’s a savvy attitude reminiscent of U2 when they were taking their first teetering steps towards megastardom.
“They’re a perfect example of a band who still go the extra yard,” Danny resumes. “When No Line On The Horizon came out they were everywhere doing interviews and playing little launch gigs. 35 years into their career and they’re still willing to graft for their success. When we did those 360 Tour dates with them as well, the work-rate and attention to detail was phenomenal. You can’t help but be inspired by that.”