I could spend the next two paragraphs hyping this band, and telling you why they rock. Instead I feel (for once) that the music speaks for itself. There’s nothing like the perspective from three kids stuck in an Irish, underdeveloped community, with limited options- to prevail and not only find music, but reinvent it.
The awesome mention in Rolling Stone, doesn’t begin to cover it. The Script has recently opened for U2, along with Sir Paul Mc Cartney, meanwhile headlining their own gigs and competing strong on the UK and Irish album charts. The band is currently building their foundation in the States, but across the sea these guys are huge, and rightfully so!
It’s simply like this; a trio of musical superstars awaiting the grand slam hit that will propel them into your American heart, mind, soul, and namely your I Pod.
This is why, I would never allow such sweet sounds, seducing grooves, intertwined with Rock and Roll to pass you by…… Think “U2 versus Timbaland, Van Morrision remixed by Teddy Riley, Irish people have soul” Says Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue.
Influenced by not the typical of sorts, as younger artists the band engrossed themselves in R&B and Hip Hop, “At the time, MTV only came on in Dublin after midnight, it was the fuzzy channel, and for my generation black culture was just a wave through us all,” Mark Sheehan continues, “It wasn’t about gangs and guns; it was fashion and fun, singing and dancing.”
Their self-titled debut album is out now, and was guided with the emotions that came from the band’s loss; during the recordings, Danny lost his father, and Mark his Mother. “But amidst all this travesty and disaster, these songs have risen out of it, in my darkest moments, that’s what got me through,” Danny shares.
“I have never had a chance with any other band to express myself with such freedom” states, Drummer Glen Power.
From the beginning the magic could not go unnoticed, Glen had been jamming out since he was fifteen years old, and when he came across The Script, he found his home!
We spoke with heartbeat of the band, Glen Power- to get the goods!
Veronica Barriga: What were you like as child and does it play into how you approach music?
Glen Power: I was actually quite shy. Maybe that's why I ended up behind a kit of drums. The great thing is, music brings you out of yourself because if you are going to have a career in music you have to get in front of people and perform for them, so it really helped me come out of me shell!
Does it play into my approach…I would say yes to this because as a kid, I was very mischievous! So, occasionally there are some laughs on stage and I joke around during a gig, sometimes to lighten the mood or the weight of how nervous we might be feeling!!
VB: What's the difference between UK fans & fans in the U.S?
Glen: The UK fans have had more time with our music, the U.S fans are really, only starting…But once we play live, it really is all the same and after two songs, the audience is with us.
VB: If you could record along side anyone, who would it be and why?
Glen: First on the list would be U2. They are idols of mine, all my life! The Police would be another one, Phil Collins too…what a player! I think a collaboration with The Black Eye'd Peas could be very interesting!
VB: The craziest thing a fan has ever done for you!
Glen: My Birthday, I was given a night in the Dorchester hotel in London, executive room for two, breakfast included!!
VB: Who is the most: messy, smelly, sensitive, biggest party animal?
Glen: A tough one, I think you've just described the whole band there!
VB: What do you hope people take from your music & performances?
Glen: Passion for what we do, honesty about what we sing and the guts (we have) to get up there, fall down and get back up there again.
VB: When did you first discover your love for music, and how?
Glen: I think it was from my dad. My dad is a singer. He also plays the accordion. When I was a kid and we would be sitting at the dinner table my dad would be tapping his hands along to what was on the radio. I would copy him and I really believe that was the start of it for me, that was the foundation of basic rhythm in me.
VB: Tell us about your favorite place on earth.
Glen: A place in County Wicklow, Ireland called Glendalough! Beautiful place, amazing scenery, very spiritual, recharges the soul.
VB: Describe the perfect women...
Glen: Honest, loyal, sincere, fun and easy on the eyes, coincidentally she's beside me right now! (His girlfriend.)
Sorry ladies, damn!
VB: What do you miss most about back home (Ireland).
Glen: My family, and GUINNESS!!
Take Note, and somebody send him some authentic Guinness…A.S.A.P!
VB: How was opening for Sir Paul?
Glen: Amazing! Very surreal to be even mentioned in the same breath as a Beatle! We were actually wondering what to call him! Sir Paul? Paul? Until suddenly there was a knock on the door and he walked straight into our dressing room. We were shell shocked. He asked us what was the biggest place we had played and started talking about; The Beatles and how they went from playing small places to big places-how that felt, it was amazing, we felt so at ease with him after a few minutes, we were on common ground talking about gigs and performing. He told us a funny story about mixing up where he was and coming out to the audience and getting it wrong and how he got out of it! He chatted to us for over a half hour- a half hour I won't ever forget!!
Conquering one nation at a time, take a moment to indulge in the goodness!
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The Self titled; “The Script” album is available now!
The Script; Currently Touring the U.S!
Check out their web site www.thescriptmusic.com/us/home/ for tour dates, and the latest news on these soulful rockers!