It's been a rags to riches glory ride, an emotional rollercoaster, an all action, all-star blockbuster. Three young Dubliners; Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, took on the world with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own hard lives raised up by a love of pop, rock, hip hop and soul. In two years they notched up a handful of hit singles, including 'We Cry', 'Breakeven' and 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'.
It's been a rags to riches glory ride, an emotional rollercoaster, an all action, all-star blockbuster. Three young Dubliners; Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, took on the world with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own hard lives raised up by a love of pop, rock, hip hop and soul. In two years they notched up a handful of hit singles, including 'We Cry', 'Breakeven' and 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'. Their 2008 debut album, The Script, went to number one in the UK and Ireland, approaching 2 million worldwide sales. They played stadium shows with music heroes U2, Take That and Paul McCartney. They played a triumphant homecoming set at Ireland's Oxegen festival before 78,000 fans and won Best Live Performance at the 2010 Meteor Awards (beating their mentors U2). And to cap it all, Breakeven became one of the slowest climbers in US pop history, eventually hitting the top of Billboards Adult Pop Song radio airplay chart after 40 weeks on release. Breakeven has sold over 1.7 million downloads in the US alone. But it didn't stop there! Their sophomore album, Science And Faith (2010), reached #1 in the UK, #1 in the Irish charts and #3 in the US Billboards, eventually reaching over 1.5 million albums worldwide. Earlier this year, the band released their hugely anticipated third studio album, aptly titled #3. The response so far has been phenomenal. The lead single, "Hall of Fame", a duet with Danny's co-Voice judge will.i.am, went to #1 in the UK, marking the band's first UK #1 single. The album has reached Top 20 in 6 countries worldwide and counting.
But Danny, Mark and Glen are in no way unfamiliar with the music industry, in fact, they've been involved in it long before the idea for The Script came along. Danny and Mark met in their early teens in Dublin and bonded over a love of American soul and RnB music. After a stint in the short lived boy band, My Town, they ended up working in the US as songwriters and producers and collaborating with the likes of Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley, Rodney Jerkins and The Neptunes. A chance encounter with Glen focused their ideas on making their own music, and soon enough, The Script was born.
The trio eventually returned to Europe, signed with SonyBMG's offshoot, Phonogenic, and began working on their debut album. Singles such as "We Cry," "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" and "Breakeven" were smash hits and the guys were immediately catapulted into the spotlight. Fast forwarding to the present finds the band in the midst of a massive tour (with European and US legs) to promote Science And Faith. And it's very refreshing to know that the fame and success hasn't affected them. "I don't see us as anything other than lads from Dublin," admits Mark. "I don't feel like I'm in some big band. We come in and we make really heartfelt music. I get to really express myself in this band. You know what the Script is?" says Danny. "It's the journey from a feeling of devastation in the pit of my stomach, for me to be able to think about that, put it into words, to be able to sing it, a band to play it, for you to hear it, to go to your brain, to understand it and for you to replicate that same feeling. It's such an amazing thing. You couldn't work it out with a calculator. But that's what we try and do."
The Script will be on tour in the US and Australia this autumn.
Bio excerpts courtesy of thescriptmusic.com.
The Script is represented by Imagem Music in Europe.