Tracking an artist throughout their career The Script
THE SCRIPTFor this task, I decided to investigate a band similar to the one I have chosen for my music video, OneRepublic.I learnt a lot about The Script, which I wouldn’t have known otherwise. For example the fact that Mark and Danny, who play vocals and guitar in the band, actually started making R&B music.
• Danny ODonoghue and Mark Sheehan met in a club in The Liberties area of Dublin and discussed their love of R & B music• Mark and Danny were formerly part of a band that had formed in 1996 called mytown. Striking up a songwriting and production partnership, ODonoghue and Sheehans talent was recognized early, and, to their astonishment, they found themselves invited to Canada to collaborate with some of their production heroes, including such legends of modern R&B as Dallas Austin, Montell Jordan and Teddy Riley. They were based in the US for many years, but moved back to Dublin, where they recruited drummer Glen Power for their new band. He had been playing sessions from the age of fifteen, using the money to work on a solo project in his home. But that went on hold when his collaboration with Mark and Danny produced three songs in one week.
• The band signed to Phonogenic in 2005, and released an EP on Last.FM. The bands influences include a diverse group of artists that include U2, Coldplay, The Police, The Neptunes, Timbaland, and Van Morrison. ODonoghue also made a reference to Amy Winehouse and Stevie Wonder while discussing his personal voice while singing. They have worked on a few collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Denzel Washington, varying styles and genres.
• Danny and Mark started making demos for other artists, but when they met drummer Glen Power, the objective changed. The pair had never heard Power play, but they made a connection that motivated Sheehan to invite Glen on a working holiday to Los Angeles.• In the beginning years of the band, Mark Sheehans mother fell terminally ill, causing a lot of stress on the band and members, but it also had a positive effect on Sheehans writing. With such strong emotional tension, the songwriter found new lyrics every day
• After Sheehans mothers death, ten months after her diagnosis, Dannys father died four months later of a heart attack. Even with such trying moments in their early years, the band was able to rise out of it, albeit with somewhat bleak lyrics in several songs, as commented by Danny when referencing "We Cry": "There is not a lot of hope in the song, cause not everybodys life is full of hope. Theres not always roses at the end”
2008–10:The Script announced a new album and single on their website on Monday, 19 July 2010. The first single from album Science & Faith, "For the First Time", was released in the UK on 20 August 2010 and the album followed on 13 September 2010. In the United States, "For the First Time" was released on iTunes on 8 November 2010, with "Science & Faith" was released on 18 January 2011. The song was first released in the United States on AOL Music on 29 September 2010. "For the First Time" has entered the UK charts at No. 5 and moved up to No. 4 the following week and entered the Irish charts at No. 1. The music video features Bonos daughter Eve Hewson. Science & Faith entered the Irish Album Chart and the UK album chart at No. 1.The Script recorded their album in London, and vocalist Danny ODonoghue says that the economic crisis in Ireland is "a microcosm for the rest of the world." He talks about people being stripped of everything that they own and how it inspired the band to write the songs for the new album. Danny says, "Were dealing with complex emotions in the simplest of ways, thats what we battle with in these songs." The subject matter might sound bleak at first, but Science & Faith is about optimism. "With Irish people, no matter how bad things get, you always pick yourself up and carry on."[On Friday, 24 September at 9:00am tickets for The Scripts three nights at The O2 Dublin, two nights at The Odyssey, Belfast & two at The INEC, Killarney went on sale and sold out in less than 40 minutes, with over 60,000 tickets sold. On 1 October at 9:00am tickets for The Script arena tour in March 2011 went on sale. The tickets for all 12 arenas around the UK sold out in 5 days. They also announced that they would play a "Homecoming" concert at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. This is part of the Science & Faith Tour and will be their biggest headline show to date.The Script also took part in Children in Need 2010. The Script will be participating in the VH1 Best Cruise Ever and sailing to Cozumel 28 April-2 May 2011. The Script took part in BRMBs live 2010 with acts such as The Saturdays, Mark Ronson and Mcfly. The Script were nominated for Best International Act at the 2011 Brit Awards. The Script announced that they will perform at several very popoular music festivals.The Script also played to the biggest indoor crowd of 18,300 people at The Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg South Africa 24 June 2011.They later went on to play their official biggest crowd ever on 2 July 2011 in Dublins Aviva Stadium, and performed to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 people. The Coronas and Tinie Tempah were support acts on the night.
2011-12• The band announced via their official Twitter account on 2 June that the title of their third album would be called #3. It was released in the UK on 10 September 2012 and in the United States on 9 October 2012.• For the first time it was recorded in Los Angeles, and released on iTunes on 21 August. The single also features will.i.am, alongside whom Danny works on The Voice UK. Other tracks include "Six Degrees of Separation," about Dannys traumatic split from his ex-girlfriend, model Irma Mali, and "If You Could See Me Now," an emotional tribute to Danny’s late father and guitarist Mark Sheehan’s parents, who died within months of each other when he was 12 years old. In a recent interview, Danny commented: "Mark cannot bring himself to even play the track in public and has to leave the room whenever it is played over the studio’s speakers".• ‘I haven’t played it for anybody and I need a minute with that song,’ Mark admits. ‘I can’t even tell you if it is a good song or not. It’s a page from my diary, I produced and wrote it but I have to walk away from it. It is just a weird one. It is a touchy subject for me – I lost both my parents quite young and it was a real dark point in my life. Like Danny said, it is something I have never talked about until now. I don’t know if we will ever find the right moment to play that live at all. I can’t even picture playing it live because it is so personal.’• On 16 September 2012, The Script achieved their first UK number one with their single "Hall of Fame" in its second week after being released, it stayed there for two weeks.• On 5 October 2012, The Script kicked off the Major League Baseball Postseason by playing a free concert at the MLB Fan Cave in New York City
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