- The Script took a risk when they took two years away from their music, but it’s paid off.
Their comeback album Freedom Child became their fourth UK number one album, despite the fact the lads had opted for a ‘drastic new sound.’ ‘Thankfully the album worked!’ they said in an interview Danny added: ‘After all this time we’ve been away, it’s been almost two years it’s really good to come back, knowing there’s fans out there, we have a proper career, we’re all good for another few years.’ And on that new sound? Turns out the fans love it.
‘They’ve really enjoyed it,’ Glen said. ‘The sound is something they’ve taken on board. Some people have been weirded out about it. The overall view is people have heard it and it rubbed them wrong but now – It’s like putting on new clothes and at first they’re not right and then you break down the walls and get comfortable.’
Their single Arms Open is a touching comment on the current climate, in a world where things seem hopeless and only negative there’s always some good out there.
‘It was one of those songs from a very personal perspective,’ Danny said. ‘You realize a lot of things are not tactile anymore in the physical world, we’re getting digitally separated. We’re now more contactable than ever.
Arms Open is a very tactile song. ‘And it’s very personal. It’s the song everyone has gravitated to. It’s one of the favorite songs. It’s nice to have a juxtaposition in sounds. We are in both lanes when it comes to sounds and we enjoy this type of music.’
Mark added: ‘Everyone’s feeling what’s going on in the world and it’s a very apt song. We’re moving into the Christmas period so it seems like the right song to go with. As we start to play it live they were going crazy for this song every night, so it seems like the logical second single.’
The Script are gearing up for their 2018 tour now. And with such a positive reaction, the trio are already looking towards the next album. ‘Yeah putting this album out spurred us on. We’d rather get something out sooner than wait any longer. And we’ve already kind of started putting gout head together, we’d like to have something out really soon,’ Glen said.
Next up they’ve got the tour where they really get to unleash their new music live.
‘Now we’ve done the UK tour, we went off to Australia and America, so the hunger is stronger than ever to get back on stage,’ Danny said. ‘We have lots of commitments between now and Christmas, like the Jingle Bell Ball, but there’s nothing like a world tour.’
They’ll be visiting the likes of Thailand, south Africa, Europe, and of course the UK, with bigger venues, and a bigger tour.
And they are nervous.
The Script are so glad to be back. ‘Only because you care, you don’t want to fuck it up!’ Mark laughed. ‘It’s one of those things, if it’s something you love doing creatively you just don’t want to mess it up. All the preparation that goes into it insures we’ll do a good job.’
Now they just have to work on the big ideas – their last tour saw them drum up a logistical and security nightmare when they decided to walk through the crowd of Croke Park to get to the stage as if they were boxers walking towards the ring.
‘It was a security nightmare,’ Danny revealed. ‘But it was once in a lifetime opportunity. The cheek of us to walk through Croke Park like that!
‘You get creative and do things you thought weren’t possible, which for us is hilarious as we piss everybody off around us. When we said we wanted to walk through the crowd like at a boxing ring, we were literally told no from everybody. We had to think our way round it, and talk about it. We had to work out how we could do it and not take no for an answer. You end up breaking new ground.’