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(Charity!) Teenage Cancer Trust Shows / March 2019

 
By on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Last week while I was away, the Teenage Cancer Trust announced a slate of amazing benefit shows to take place in March 2019 at London Royal Albert Hall. Tickets went on sale last Friday, the 7th of December, so a good chunk of tickets are already gone, but don’t fret. There’s still time to pick up a ticket or two (maximum of four, please). On Monday, the 25th of March, Rudimental will be performing with main support Ghetts. Thursday the 28th of March sees perennial popsters Take That take to the RAH stage with special guests. Naturally (we are There Goes the Fear, after all), we’re most keen on the live re-emergence of Doves, who will be performing on Friday, the 29th of March, after being on indefinite hiatus since 2010. Irish (and my) favourites The Script (pictured at top) will follow on Saturday the 30th of March. To cap things off in style, Levellers will perform alongside the bands on their own curated bill on Sunday, the 31st of March. It’ll be an unforgettable week of music in London, and all for a very worthy cause. Check out Gigs and Tours’ available tickets for any or all of these shows through here.

 

The Script / August 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 24th July 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Dublin megastars The Script have announced a series of live dates for the UK and Ireland next month. It’s all in anticipation of the release of their fifth album, ‘Freedom Child’, which is slated for release on the 1st of September on Columbia. Check out the first single from the album, the dancehall-flavoured ‘Rain’, after the tour dates below. A fans’ presale for this tour will commence on Wednesday, the 26th of July, with the general sale to follow on Friday, the 28th of July at 9:30 AM. It’s been a while since I’ve written on The Script (I wasn’t fond of their last two albums), but you can read my archive of posts from 2013 and before through here.

Monday 21st August 2017 – Dublin National Stadium
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 – Derry Millenium Forum
Thursday 24th August 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 25th August 2017 – Swindon Oasis
Saturday 26th August 2017 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 28th August 2017 – Bridlington Spa
Tuesday 29th August 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wednesday 30th August 2017 – Blackpool Empress Hall
Friday 1st September 2017 – London Brixton Academy

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Video of the Moment #1238: The Script

 
By on Sunday, 16th June 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

I adore Irish band the Script. But I will admit current single ‘Millionaires’ wasn’t one of their strongest tunes from 2012’s ‘#3’ (review here). Interestingly, this video for the song is unlike them; it’s a laddish kind of video for Danny, Mark and Glen. Maybe they’re trying to attract a different kind of fan? Watch the video below.

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Video of the Moment #1138: The Script

 
By on Tuesday, 26th February 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

If you lost a parent, you’re probably always wondering if that parent can see what you’re doing here on Earth in their absence. Here is the new video for the Script‘s ‘If You See Me Now’, paying homage to singer Danny O’Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan’s late parents. The song is a tear-jerky highlight off the band’s third album, ‘#3’ (read my review here).

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Top Albums of 2012: Editor’s Picks

 
By on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Wowsers, has this year flown by or what? I can scarcely believe we’re ready to celebrate Christmas in a week’s time, but you know what that means, boys and girls. It’s time for the editor’s top picks of 2012. Unlike most lists that have already published either in print or online, there will be no mentions of Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar or DIIV. Sorry. No, and this year, I tried to get away from dance as I could, which seems really odd considering where I found myself 2 years ago; this is probably good commentary on the music scene at large, where beats – either urban or poppy – have invaded nearly every facet of radio and except for the odd album or two, I found these to be completely devoid of heart. Or character. (But there were 3 in my top 10 that were arguably dance albums, so maybe there’s still hope…) Without further delay, here are my picks for 2012.

The-Crookes-Hold-Fast-cover1. The Crookes – ‘Hold Fast’ (Fierce Panda) – In the shadow of love – in its electric (2010’s #1, Delphic’s ‘Acolyte’) and nostalgic, life affirming (2011’s #1, Noah and the Whale’s ‘Last Night on Earth’) forms – my #1 this year goes as far back to basics with the good ol’ pop-tinged rock ‘n’ roll of Sheffield’s Crookes. I’ve always thought that the smartest songwriters are those that can write catchy tunes while also offering up thought-provoking, intelligent lyric; guitarist Daniel Hopewell fits this description to a T.

This album would feel equally at home in the 1960s as it does in 2012. There is no studio trickery or fancy production here, just heartfelt (and heartbroken in ‘Maybe in the Dark’) feelings being sung to memorable melodies that can help to remind you of simpler times. Or simply remind you of the important people who have coloured your life. Do yourself a favour and get this album. If you’re not sold yet, read my review of ‘Hold Fast’ here.

Keston-Cobblers-Club-cover2. Keston Cobblers’ Club – ‘One, for Words’ (Beatnik Geek) – It has been shown to us time and time again that family members who sing together make some incredible music. (For one, the Beach Boys.) In Julia and Matthew Lowe, we have familial alchemy at work again, this time on some incredible folk pop. When one album can make you laugh, make you cry, make you wistful for a former lover, make you remember through happy tears your life experiences, that is truly special indeed, and that’s what I’ve gotten out of ‘One, for Words’. I expect to be playing this album again and again until my final days. You can read my review of their debut album here.

Grimes-Visions-cover3. Grimes – ‘Visions’ (4AD) – Claire Boucher is now one of the hottest commodities in the music business these days, and surely the biggest game changer from Canada since Arcade Fire. Every time I tried to catch the baby-voiced master of synths and sequencers in 2012, I never actually managed to get in. Thankfully though, I have this album to keep me company whenever things have gone boring in my life. Variety is the key word of this album, with ambient, industrial, pop and minimalist genres all touched on for one eclectic group of songs. Every time you pick up this album, you’ll hear something exciting you missed the last time around, and I don’t think it’s possible for ‘Visions’ to get old. Read my review here.

Casiokids-Aabenbaringen-over-aaskammen-cover4. Casiokids – ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ (Moshi Moshi) – There’s no way I could have forgotten the craziness of Casiokids’ third album. Even in the middle of winter, thoughts of a pineapple-shaped maraca, the sheer wonkiness of ‘Det Haster!’ and ‘Dresinen’, and disco and jungle beats working in harmony on the same album easily warmed my heart. This is controlled chaos, in a way that only Nordics manage to do it. And even if you go into this album thinking, “no way is this album going to lift my mood”, trust me, it will. You’ll even leave it with a knowing yet silly grin on your face.Read more here.

Husky cover5. Husky – ‘Forever So’ (Sub Pop) – The Husky debut album was an example of when you keep hearing the name of a band so many times, you’re wondering what the fuss is all about. Well, wonder no more. If you’re the first-ever signing to a indie label as storied as Sub Pop, then you better bring the goods, and Husky Gawenda and co. do just that in a Fleet Foxes meets the sadness of Nick Drake vehicle. If you’ve ever been slayed by gorgeous harmonies, this album’s for you. Read my review of it here.

After the cut: some albums that just missed the top 5 cut, and others that disappointed.

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Interview: Glen Power of the Script

 
By on Friday, 16th November 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Yesterday, you read the Script‘s drummer Glen Power answering the TGTF Quickfire Questions. Today, we have a mega interview with the man himself about their new album ‘#3’ and the extra folks that make them sound great live, as well as ask the whereabouts of the woman in ‘Nothing’ and much more. Like, do Danny and Mark have a strange dancing habit? Read on.

I think you probably haven’t been asked this question in a really long time, but I’ve always wondered… Where did your band name “the Script” come from? Is it from a shared love of film and plays? Or is there some other esoteric source or personal meaning?
When we started as a band, we realised our songs were very “Script-like” in nature, there was a beginning, a middle and an end. We also started the band in LA and when we call each other sometimes on the phone we would say ‘ What’s the Script, what’s happening today? ‘ so it just felt like everything was pointing to that name.

Let’s talk about the new album, ‘#3’. It’s your third album….how did you settle on ‘#3’ for the title?

Well, if there was ever a time to do that it was now, there are 3 in the band! But that aside, we wrote all the music for this album in Studio 3 in London and 3 is a magic number!

How did the collaboration with will.i.am. happen for ‘Hall of Fame’? I think everyone guesses the idea must have come about during down time during The Voice, but we want details!
Well, Danny was on The Voice as a coach. Will heard Danny listening to the demo of ‘Hall of Fame’ in his dressing room and was like, “oh that’s dope, I want that for my album!” So Danny said, “why don’t you come and do it with us”. Now the hard part was nailing Will down to do it. One night he couldn’t make it, we were told he was out having dinner and we were like, “out having dinner?” and then we were informed, ‘actually, he’s out having dinner with Bill Clinton”, so we said, “fair enough!”

One thing I love about your band’s music is that there are some really melodic piano parts. For example, the piano lines that begin and run through ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘If You Could See Me Now’ are brilliant. What is your songwriting process like, do you start with lyrics, a guitar riff, a melody worked out on the piano, etc.?
It can start with any number of things happening, usually a guitar riff or piano part or a great lyrical line someone has come up with or overheard being said somewhere and then we just go with the flow and jam out till we are all feeling it.

The chord changes in the chorus and the bombast of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ make this song huge! Do you get moments when you’re writing songs and you have that “aha!” moment when you’ve realised you’ve gone somewhere amazing?
That’s when you KNOW you have the GOLD. And we spend the majority of the time chasing down those moments in the studio.

I thought I’d read somewhere that all the bass lines on your debut album were programmed because you didn’t have a bass player in the band. True? If this is true, is this also true for ‘#3’ and ‘Science and Faith’? (I play bass and have been playing and studying the bass lines of your songs probably a little too closely…)
Yes, though on ‘Science and Faith’ and ‘#3’ our [touring] bass player Ben also has input on certain songs.

I was pretty relieved to see a bass player with you when I saw you in November 2010. What’s his name, and how did he come to be part of your band?
His name is Ben Sergeant. When we were starting out, we realised we needed a live bass player onstage. We had tried out some bass players, but Ben really stood out. Solid, grounded, shaken not stirred, that’s our Ben.

Similarly, you have a keyboardist on tour with you as well. How did you find him / what is his history? When did you decide you needed to have another keyboardist on tour with you? (I kind of miss Danny playing all the piano bits but I totally understand why on an arena tour like this, it makes sense for Danny to be able to move around more across a large stage.)
His name is Rodney Alejandro. Rodney goes way back with the band. Mark and Dan knew Rodney from their session days in L.A., but when we started as the Script, Rodney came over to Dublin and worked with us when we were rehearsing. When the song ‘Hall of Fame’ came along, we all agreed we wanted Danny to have the option to be free to move around more, so Rodney was the natural choice and he is also a great energy to have onstage with us too.

Regarding touring….you’ve toured in our country quite a bit over the last couple years. Do you miss playing in clubs or do you prefer playing in big auditoriums?
We love playing in either, we just love playing!

What do you like most about touring in America?

So much it’s hard to say, I could write a list a mile long, but I love the people, the food, and the response we get when we do live shows!
What do you like least?
Nothing!
How about not being able to find Guinness on tap?
Haha, yes!

At the DC show, Mark said that you’d all been on tour on our continent for over 6 weeks. That’s a long time to be away from home. What regular routines / rituals keep you grounded while you’re away from your friends and family?
One word: Skype! You keep in touch on phone or Skype so that takes the sting out of it.

I loved the audience participation / “drunk dialler” portion of the evening, when Danny sang ‘Nothing’ into the mobile of the woman in the row behind us. It took the edge off to what is a pretty desperate song about lost love. Is it based on a real breakup?
Yes.
If yes, what has become of the woman it was written about?
Can’t say!
Is she aware that the song is about her?
We would never tell her that! [Insert editor laughing here.]

It felt pretty special hearing ‘If You Could See Me Now’ live, as I assumed given its highly personal nature, it might not ever be played live. Was there ever a time when you questioned whether you wanted to get so personal on an album / with fans?
Yes, particularly on this song, but that’s when you have to write it, because honesty is the best policy when it comes to the heart.

It seems like ‘Breakeven’ or ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ will go down in history as the most popular Script song among fans. Which song(s) are you proudest of?
All of them.

What is the most common misconception of you, either as a band, or individually?

I heard somewhere on Wikipedia that Mark and Danny met at a line dancing club? Not true!

Many thanks to Glen for answering my (oozy fan) questions and Taylor for sorting this for us.

 
 
 

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