Interview with The Script: From Dublin With Faith

With only two albums under its belt, the Irish rock group The Script scored hit singles and opened for U2 and Paul McCartney. The band continues to tour the world and October 14th it will headline at The Paramount in Huntington.

Although the group’s second album, Science & Faith (RCA) is from 2010, several singles from it continue to chart. While album sales and chart position are great, what’s most impressive is the leap the band made musically from its self-titled debut in 2008 to its latest CD. Many bands release strong debuts, but their second album sometimes does not fulfill expectations. If anything, given how good Science & Faith is, the band is possibly poised to follow in the footsteps of fellow Dublin-born band U2.

The Script’s music however is more pop than U2’s and the focus is on melodic songs mixing r&b, with unforgettable vocals from lead singer Danny O’Donoghue, shimmering guitar from Mark Sheehan and the heart of the band’s live sound, Glen Power’s solid drumming. Though the band is augmented by bassist Ben Sergeant in concert, in the studio all three members share songwriting duties and contribute musically beyond their principal instrument. Power for example also plays guitar, Sheehan does drum programming and O’Donoghue plays piano.

It’s second album has catapulted the band onto the international music scene. However, Power cringes when people think the band is an overnight sensation, and said in his thick Irish accent, “We’ve been in the business for so many years. People think we’re an overnight success. If they think that’s true, well it’s been the longest night of our lives.”

Power is full of quips and jokey asides, but he is sincere in stressing how proud the band is of its Dublin roots and emphasized the members want to continue to earn their success through the quality of their music. “We’re hungry and passionate – we’re working-class heroes,” he began. “U2 was the first band to lift the torch and show a small band from a small country could make one hell of a big noise.”

Power talked about how thrilling it is when people tell the band how much its music means to them. “The beautiful thing about a song is sometimes when the lyrics are vague people get what they want from it and they stamp their own identity on it,” he stated.

The band is building a following as a great live act, but what’s gained them such a large audience so quickly is their songs. “Our music resonates with people.” Powers stated. “People can connect with it because we deal with themes for the everyday person. They’re told from the heart and we speak directly from experience. When people hear a message that they can relate to, then they don’t feel so alone. There’s a sense of hope. A problem shared is a problem halfed.”