In a day and age where anyone can download their favorite album online for free, musicians only have a few real ways to make money. One of them is to sell out tour dates. I caught up with Ireland’s hottest rock band The Script, who is currently here in the United States doing just that.
The Script’s 2008 self-titled debut album peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and went platinum. In 2010 they managed to sell 60,000 tickets in under 40 minutes. The rockstars have been booked as guests on many television talk shows and have performed on the CW’s hit show Gossip Girl. Paul McCartney even personally asked them to perform with him in several stadium shows because he liked their music so much. So it’s no surprise that their tour is doing so well.
The band is comprised of three very talented musicians from Dublin. Lead vocalist and keyboard player Danny O’Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power all met in their home country. They might be an alternative rock band but they credit hip hop as being a huge influence for their music, listening to artists like The Neptunes and Timbaland. Sheehan has produced hip hop albums and worked with other producers in the genre. He said in the studio they record like a traditional rock band would, but when they mix their music, they do it like a hip hop producer would. They bring guitars down lower and amp up the kick snares. He says...
The Script’s most recent album Science and Faith debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in its first week. The theme of this album is about breaking love down into its chemical form. Their latest music video and single “Nothing” is a song about being in love with someone who does not reciprocate that love anymore. They like to sing about politics of the heart rather than religion or traditional politics because in their opinion those two topics can kill any conversation. They feel they have a responsibility to be socially conscious and not judge, especially since they meet so many people from varying walks of life.
The band members are very humble, and like everyone, have had their share of personal hardships. During the beginning of their success, their fellow countrymen were going through one of the worst economic crises in history. They were losing everything. It was hard for them to bask in their success knowing how much everyone at home was struggling. In addition to all of the unfortunate things taking place back in Ireland, both O’Donoghue and Sheehan experienced the death of a parent.
But these events have only made them stronger and given them more to write and sing about. The band is still very optimistic and hopeful no matter what obstacles life throws their way. As a group, their chemistry is perfect. They work well together and are great friends. Sheehan jokingly says of O’Donoghue and Power, “The reason we do this is because we are mates. There’s a lot of man love.” They have a great sense of humor about life.
“Nothing” also talks a lot about Ireland’s favorite past time...drinking. And these guys are true Irishmen in that sense. Their Facebook page even has a drunk dialer app on it.
Despite the serious and heartfelt emotional subject of many of their songs, the band sure knows how to have a good time. They implement what they’ve coined Day Off Eve where they go out and party until 4 AM on the eve of the very rare day off. A qualifying factor in what makes a city great to them is, of course, the bar scene. One of their favorite cities is Nashville because they love a good pub crawl, and Nashville has the best.
Sheehan says touring is,
So they have to have fun with each other. He says, “There’s a constant machine of pranks going on and you’ve got to be really clever to get each other, because we’ve seen it all.” In addition to pranking one another, they’ve adopted humorous games such as Inappropriate Frisbee. They will randomly start throwing a disc in an elevator, airplane or other inappropriate location.
Sheehan views touring America as more relaxed than in Europe, in the sense that they are able to live a more regular routine. “In Europe, you’re constantly exchanging currency and crossing borders,” he explains. “The down side [here, however,] is that because America is so vast, you could be driving for twelve hours.”
The Script just kicked off their tour two weeks ago and have a ton of remaining show dates across the US coming up. Sheehan proudly boasts The Script’s live show as “the ultimate, un-downloadable experience.” On the radio you don’t hear the meat of who they are. You don’t hear the audience singing back louder than the band. It’s an incredibly high-energy experience not to be missed. Be sure to check out their official website for tour information, or follow them on Twitter.
From Rock World Magazine: September, 15, 2011