What do you do to top sold-out shows, hit singles and multi-platinum albums? If you’re a much celebrated band from Ireland, you follow it up with more of the same. And if the unveiling of The Script’s first single from their much anticipated fourth album No Sound Without Silence is any indication, it looks like more of the same ol’, same ol’.
The Dublin rockers commenced the buzz for their most recent effort – due out Sep. 30 – with the July 20 release of the album’s lead single, “Superheroes,” announced in London via an exclusive Google Hangout with legions of their loyal worldwide fans.
As with their prior top-selling albums – The Script (2008), Science and Faith (2010) and #3 (2012) – No Sound Without Silence features the trio’s insightful songwriting and rich melodies. And given the proven ability of "Ireland’s biggest band since U2" to scorch the charts with hit singles – including “The Man Who Can't Be Moved,” “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces),” “For the First Time” and the 5 million-copy-selling “Hall Of Fame” – there’s no reason to believe that The Script won’t mine platinum once again with their latest effort.
Since Danny O'Donoghue (vocals/keyboards), Mark Sheehan (vocals/guitar) and Glen Plower (drums) exploded onto the scene with their eponymous debut, The Script’s heartfelt tunesmithing has moved music enthusiasts to the tune of 20 million plus records – and garnered them a spot as the legendary Paul McCartney’s opening band at the celebrated first concerts at New York's Citi Field in 2009.
On The Script’s website, O'Donoghue and Sheehan described the innate ability of the band to touch a chord deep within their audience. “You know what The Script is?” O'Donoghue queried. “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.”
“On first listen, the subject matter might sound bleak,” added Sheehan. “But I think being Irish there is this undertone of hope all the time. It's about having coping skills to get over things. With Irish people, no matter how bad things get, you always pick yourself up and carry on.”
Sheehan might just as easily have added that no matter how bad things get for devoted followers of perceptive Irish songwriters, they’re always able to pick themselves up and carry on. Such is the power of The Script. Here's to the next multi-platinum album!
There are a few chances left to hear the band live on their tour supporting OneRepublic. Here are the dates:
July 30 Omaha, Neb. Century Link Center
Aug. 1 Kansas City, Mo. Starlight Theatre
Aug. 2 St. Louis, Mo. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 3 Indianapolis, Ind. Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 5 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 6 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
Aug. 8 Pittsburgh, Pa. First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 9 Darien Lake, N.Y. Darien PAC
Aug. 10 Holmdel, N.J. PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 12 Virginia Beach, Va. Farm Bureau Live
Aug. 13 Raleigh, N.C. Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 Charlotte, N.C. PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 16 Tampa Bay, Fla. Mid-Florida Credit Union
Aug. 17 West Palm Beach, Fla. Cruzan Amphitheatre