- Title: USA: The Script releases album in the US
- Date: 1st June 2009
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 29, 2009) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANNY O'DONAGHUE, LEAD SINGER OF THE SCRIPT, SAYING "It was a very hard period for the band. We had gotten the record deal. We had gotten everything and Mark's mother passed away and we had just gotten over that. Then my own father passed away four months after. Little did I know that the time Mark was spending with his mother back in Ireland, I was getting to reknow my dad again because we had spent a long time over here in America. But again, to answer your question about the songs on the album, they're a direct reflection. Some of the wording in like a song "The End Where I Begin" people have said 'oh is that about a relationship, oh what is it about?" It's actually about death and moving on from it - being the end of a life or the end of a period in time can be the start and must the start of a new beginning."
- Embargoed: 16th June 2009 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVAC79U5RJNU4ICEON11FYITCFM2
- Story Text: After gaining success in Ireland and the UK, Irish trio "The Scripts" have set their sights on conquering North America.
Story: After reaching the top of the British charts, winning best Irish band at the World Music Awards and performing at the Nobel prize concert, Irish trio "The Script" have set their sights on conquering America.
The group recently released their self-titled debut album and filmed a video in Los Angeles for their song "The Man Who Can't Be Moved". The video is about a man who camps out at the location where he met his ex-girlfriend in the hopes that she will come back to him. Lead singer, Danny O'Donaghue said the album is all about romance.
"It's a break-up album. I mean it really is," he said. "We get time and time again people coming up to us and saying 'look, these particular songs on your record just help me get through it. So I used your album literally like a crutch to get through a lot of these situations'. But we just feel from a guy's side just explaining that yeah we do have feelings, we do have emotions and we do hurt."
The album is also about death. O'Donaghue said working on the album was the most difficult period of the band's life. Shortly after signing their first record deal, guitarist Mark Sheehan's mother died of cancer. Four months later O'Donaghue's father died suddenly of a heart attack. The two drowned their grief in their songwriting.
"Some of the wording in like a song "The End Where I Begin" people have said 'oh is that about a relationship, oh what is it about?" It's actually about death and moving on from it - being the end of a life or the end of a period in time can be the start and must the start of a new beginning," said O'Donaghue.
And the band has since had some spectacular new beginnings. They have sold more than a million copies of their debut album, they appeared on MTV's "The Hills" and they will be opening for U2 in Dublin around the same time they kick off their North American tour.
The genesis of the band was under more modest circumstances. O'Donaghue met guitarist Mark Sheehan while he was a teenager living in a rough part of Dublin. It was before Ireland had boomed economically and their families were struggling.
"We kinda grew up in that era where we're kinda used to having nothing really and it was that simple approach to life I suppose," said Sheehan.
They both gravitated to music as a way to express themselves and found they had an appreciation for American soul music. They formed a songwriting company and were invited to the United States to collaborate with some of their production heroes, including such legends of modern R'n'B as Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley, The Neptunes and Rodney Jerkins.
While making demos for other artists they met fellow Dublin drummer Glen and decided creating their own music. The rest is history.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None