GIG REVIEW: The Script

Going Out
The Script goes according to plan

Michael DuffyReview
Michael Duffy

WHAT a twelve months it has been for The Script. Their debut album charted at number one  in August 2008 and a full fifty-six weeks later, they regained the number one spot, on the back of a sell-out tour countrywide.
The western leg of that tour stopped off in Castlebar last week and Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power came to the Royal Theatre to party, as they proudly proclaimed the fact they were back at the top of Irish music charts to a fanatical Castlebar audience.
The band as a whole have clearly grown in confidence after such a successful year and they commanded the Royal Theatre stage with the swagger of a group at the peak of their powers.
That confidence in their own ability was clearly demonstrated by the playlist for the gig, with O’Donoghue (pictured above on stage at the TF Royal theatre by Jay Meenan)belting out four of the band's five hits singles during the first five songs.
The opening track of ‘Script’, ‘Before the Worst’, got the show on the road, a perfect up-tempo start that got the crowd involved right from the off.
‘Talk ya down’ was quickly followed by the hugely popular ‘Breakeven’, before we heard the first none single of the evening, ‘The End Where I Begin’.
Our course, it all took off for The Script when ‘We Cry’ was picked as Single of the Week on BBC Radio 2 back in March 2008 but it’s a song that never did anything for me, much like ‘If you see Kay’, my least favourite song on the album.
Thankfully though, the superb ‘Fall for Anything’ got the show back on track, a song which Mark politely informed us was about a Dublin ‘slapper’ from his youth, a term he said their American audiences had not quite got to grasps with!
‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ needed no introduction as the audience, unprompted, sang the whole first verse unaccompanied, once the first few chords were struck.
It was indeed the highlight of the show but once concluded, and with all the singles now out of the way, The Script refused to let the crowd slip away to the bar.
They belted out a superb version of ‘Rusty Halo’, a song reminiscent of the early 80s electro pop which Duran Duran had down to a fine art.
Having played nine of the ten tracks from their album, The Script predictably bade us good night, prompting chants of ‘one more tune’, which were answered almost instantly, when the trio remerged to treat us to the final track from the album, the rather schmaltzy ‘I’m Yours’, a real ‘lighter in the air’ track which bears more than a resemblance to ‘More than Words’ from Extreme.
With all ten songs from their album done and dusted, the final track of the night was a fitting end to the night’s entertainment.
David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ has been covered by a host of bands including Bon Jovi, The Wallflowers and more recently Arcade Fire, but this speeded up, acoustic version was the perfect hand clapping finale. The crowd simply lapped it up.
All in all, The Script put on a great show, ably abetted by the impressive Officer Kicks who opened up the night’s entertainment. They were followed by The Coronas, who got the crowd to clear the throats with their well-known favourites, ‘Heroes for Ghosts’ and ‘San Diego Song’, and their superb new single, ‘Listen Dear’, taken from their second album ‘Tony was an ex-Con’, which is out on September 25.
The Script, no doubt, have plenty of material already put together for their second album, which is eagerly anticipated by their now huge legion of fans. Their second album will more than likely determine their career path.
Will it be onwards and upwards, as indicated by their recent support slots to the likes of megastars U2 and Take That.  As they say, it’s all about the music, so over to ye lads! No pressure.