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Believe the hype
They’ve been heralded as the biggest thing in Irish rock since U2 – a prediction that proved prescient when The Script romped to the top of the charts with their debut album.
Anne Sexton, 08 Sep 2008
Hermits, monks and those forced by the current economic recession to live under rocks may be innocent of The Script’s existence, but the rest of us can’t have escaped the evidence of their swift ascent. It has been meteoric. Impressively so.
The buzz started when the first single, ‘We Cry’, reached the Irish top ten in April. In July, the second single, ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ did even better and peaked at number three. By August all the escalating hype was reaching fever pitch – and sure enough, their debut album shot straight to the top spot in both Ireland and the UK in the first week of its release. Since then, the noise surrounding the band has become an all out frenzy and The Script have gone viral – as in something thoroughly infectious! Over the past few weeks they’ve been everywhere – radio, television, newspapers, magazines, message boards, you name it.
The truth, however, is that The Script are an instant success story about ten years in the making. It’s a new twist on an old rock ’n’ roll fable. Vocalist Danny O’Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan grew up together around the James Street area of Dublin. They formed MyTown, a boy band whose career was orchestrated under the Principle Management umbrella – who also, of course, handle U2. After that unsuccessful stint attempting to outdo Westlife and the Backstreet Boys, the pair worked as a songwriting and production team, with considerable success, working with Teddy Riley and The Neptunes, among others. But when they met drummer, session musician and fellow Dub, Glen Power, the three clicked socially, personally and musically – and thus The Script was born.
If the media hype, a number one album, a show in Marlay Park and an upcoming tour wasn’t enough to contend with, the afternoon we chat, Mark is anxiously waiting for his wife to give birth “at any moment.” Ah bless. Nobody told them there’d be days like these!
The Script are a little bit pop and a little bit R’n’B. They are bright, polished and write songs that have a knack of insinuating themselves into people’s heads. They call it ‘Celtic Soul.’ Yep, I’m not quite sure what that is either, but this much I can say: their music is hugely accessible and radio friendly, like an Irish OneRepublic. But that’s never stopped the local snipers from taking pot shots: if the success seemed quick, the attendant begrudgery has been even quicker.