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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
Cut To The Last Week In August
There are no tea ‘n’ sarnies this time – boo! – but The Script are still up for the fight as we reconvene for a proper chinwag in Sony Music’s Ballsbridge headquarters. All the signs are positive. Where the new record is concerned, there is what everyone in the industry craves: a buzz.
“There seems to be a massive, massive flood of support,” Danny enthuses. “BBC Radio One are all over ‘For The First Time’, Capital Radio have just added it to their A-List and Sony have just put us on their ‘World Priority’ list again, which means – whether they like it or not – every country has to release you.”
Danny and Glen are sunk into the sort of sofa you only find in plush record company offices, while Mark is on speaker-phone from London where his wife is about to go into labour with their second child.
“She’s waiting to be induced,” explains the guitarist who’s since welcomed daughter Lilá into the world. “Your readers are going to think I’m a right bastard doing this interview rather than being there holding the wife’s hand, but she’s delighted not to have me fussing over her for a while!”
During the Windmill Lane playback, Sheehan talked about how when they returned home last Christmas The Script had needed “to take stock” – both professionally and personally. What did he mean by that?
“We’d hoped after 18 months away that we’d be able to share that little bit of success we’ve had with our mates – ‘Yeah, man, you’ve just supported U2, what are you drinking?’ The reality though is that a lot of our friends and their families had been stripped of everything they’d gained during the Celtic Tiger. You can hardly stand up, look a man in the eye and say, ‘I’ve supported Paul McCartney!’ when they’ve just lost their job. That stark reality really set the tone lyrically for this album.”
While stopping short of Manic Street Preachers-style polemics, Science & Faith contains couplets like “I got a new job now on the unemployment line/ We don’t know how we got into this mess, it’s God’s test” and “I’ve got all the baggage/ The drink, the pills” that you definitely wouldn’t find on a Westzone record.