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Live Review: The Script with Hot Chelle Rae at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC – 1st September 2011

 
By on Friday, 9th September 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Bands that play at DAR Constitution Hall are a big deal. They don’t play this massive venue, a mere stone’s throw from the Capitol building, because they sold only a couple thousand records. This is the big time. So last Thursday, I was lucky enough to get the call to cover the Script playing a gig there, rescheduled from a previous date from June that was postponed due to illness. This was the first gig that I have covered whilst standing atop an unsheltered platform with no railing. I’m afraid of heights, so my stomach was in knots. As as I looked down, I saw all the thousands of fans below me looking like ants, and then when I switched to look forward, the gigantic hanging speakers were in front of me. And this was when I realised I had forgotten my earplugs. (Stupid. I did manage to get them later before I had to scramble onto this platform again for the headliner.) It was too late to do anything though: Hot Chelle Rae came onstage to thunderous applause.

I don’t think HCR has gotten much press in the UK, but I imagine the time for that is coming very soon. They’re signed to Jive Records in America, which pretty much indicates their target fanbase (Backstreet Boys were a flagship signing back in the ’90s, to give you some perspective). Their songs are mainstream and get played on top 40 radio stations here. (See: ‘Tonight, Tonight’, their cover of Katy Perry‘s ‘Teenage Dream’.) Not really my thing, but I have to admit some of their songs are really catchy, just a bit devoid of heart. The Script made a wise decision in choosing them for support; maybe it’s just because I don’t go to a lot of shows where the majority of punters are preteen or teen and the next biggest thing on their mind is the Jonas Brothers, but there was a level of adorableness watching girls frantically searching for guitar picks in the dark being thrown by guys with tattoos up and down their arms.

But I was there for the Script. Having seen them once before in a club atmosphere last November, I wanted to see how they would adapt to an auditorium-type venue. I wasn’t disappointed. Sure, all shows at Constitution Hall are massive and grand, but when you’ve made it to that stage and can sell thousands of tickets for a show, you’ve earned the right to put on a show like this. Lasers, all types of coloured lighting and a Jumbotron-like screen on the back of the stage to benefit the people sitting far up and very far away are all part and parcel of these kinds of shows.

A drawback to a large show is that often, the band loses the interaction and intimacy possible in smaller venues; however, singer/piano man Danny O’Donoghue took what he was given and made even the huge hall seem smaller, starting up singalongs and making the audience scream and laugh. Sometimes at the same time. While they played their first single ever, ‘We Cry’, O’Donoghue jumped into the crowd during the extended outro, and sticking his microphone in front of various fans and imploring them to sing with him: there were some cringe-worthy moments to be had, as it was made abundantly clear that some of the Script’s fans are tone-deaf. (Ouch.)

But that’s okay. I’m sure each and every one of those fans at that very moment they shared with their favourite band, that was a moment they would remember forever. When they played ‘Breakeven’ and left the stage before the encore, I was stunned. What can they play to top that, I asked myself. The answer came back as a percussion-led version of ‘This = Love’, followed by their most recent and mega single ‘For the First Time’. Brilliant. They have two albums’ worth of material, it would have been lovely to hear far more than we did. But for what time we did have with the Script, it was perfect. My own regret is that I’m sure the next time they come to town, they’ll be playing outdoor stadiums.

After the cut: setlists and more photos.
Continue reading Live Review: The Script with Hot Chelle Rae at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC – 1st September 2011

 

Video of the Moment #350: The Script

 
By on Friday, 26th November 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

So yeah, after seeing them live earlier this month, the Script are my new guilty pleasure. (You wouldn’t believe the amount of flak / number of drink offers I’m getting from all my male professional contacts.) The promo video for ‘Nothing’, the second single from their sophomore album ‘Science and Faith’ released in February, was released last month.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMihKmoYfe8[/youtube]

The song’s subject should be pretty obvious when you listen to / if you read the lyrics. It’s no ‘Breakeven’: it’s got a strange swimming scene reminiscent of Friendly Fires‘s ‘Jump in the Pool’ and Script lead singer Danny O’Donoghue ends up soaking wet like John Cusack does in all his rom-coms. But it’s the Script, man. And if you don’t have a couple pints on hand, nothing beats the Script when you’ve got a broken heart.

‘Nothing’, the latest single by the Script, is available now.

 

Live Review: The Script with Joshua Radin at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 2nd November 2010

 
By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

While Ireland and the UK have welcomed the Script into their hearts, it took some doing for them to get noticed stateside: ‘Breakeven’ was released as a single to their self-titled debut here last September. They’re the kind of band that I usually wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, but last year a friend of mine who had similar musical interests suggested I have a listen. Also, thanks to effective placement on VH1 here in America (read: I would see their videos during brekky telly watching before work), I got to know their songs better and it appears so did the rest of the country, because these days it’s not uncommon to hear a Script song on a local lite rock radio station.

I had an idea this show was going to be well attended, but I did not think it would sell out (it did) and I did not expect a massive queue before doors opened (there was – the longest queue I’ve ever seen outside the 9:30 Club, going down the block and around the building). As expected, there were tons of young girls with parents in tow, but there were also a lot of older women and their husbands, the women presumably having heard of the band while driving their kids around in people carriers. Pretty sobering to walk a long time in the cold trying to find the end of the queue.

Once inside, there was a huge mass of people up against the barrier: no shock there. With my ‘professional’ earplugs I was okay at a spot in front of huge speakers, right on the end of the barrier, and didn’t get hassled all night. (Maybe it was because everyone there was a respectful yet mad fan of the Script, but that was probably the only show I’ve ever been to at the 9:30 where I haven’t been shoved or gotten beer poured on me in some fashion.) At 8:15 PM, the opening act Joshua Radin appeared first with one guitarist, and then as his set progressed, the rest of his band filtered onstage. He obviously has a good fanbase in DC, as appreciative punters shouted for their favourite songs as he flashed his smile.

As my companion for the night astutely pointed out, Radin must have worked his way up through the coffee bar / cafe circuit, because he was very much at ease talking to the us in the audience as if we were old friends. Based on what I knew about him, I expected a folky set, but some songs were retooled and made rockier and jammier than their recorded counterparts. Songs like ‘Brand New Day’ (written a year after Radin broke up with his girlfriend and had finally gotten over her) and ‘Today’ (a song he admitted was not written to be a love / wedding song but has become one because American tv personality Ellen Degeneres used it at her own wedding) showed Radin’s deftness with songwriting. When the club turned his microphone off (what?), which led Radin to rally his troops and do an entirely acoustic / a cappella number. Nice set to warm up the crowd for the Script.

Continue reading Live Review: The Script with Joshua Radin at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 2nd November 2010

 

The Script / March 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 28th September 2010 at 12:45 pm
 

Irish band the Script have announced a monster arena tour for next March. They will be touring in support of their brand new number one album, ‘Science and Faith’. Tickets for this arena tour go on sale at 9:30 AM on Friday (1st of October).

Monday 14th March 2011 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Tuesday 15th March 2011 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Thursday 17th March 2011 – Birmingham LG Arena
Friday 18th March 2011 – Manchester MEN Arena
Saturday 19th March 2011 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Monday 21th March 2011 – Glasgow SECC
Tuesday 22nd March 2011 – Aberdeen AECC
Thursday 24th March 2011 – Bournemouth International Centre
Saturday 26th March 2011 – London 02 Arena
Monday 28th March 2011 – Plymouth Pavilions
Tuesday 29th March 2011 – Cardiff International Arena

 

The Script / September 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 20th July 2010 at 7:00 am
 

Irish popstars The Script are hitting the road again in September.

Tickets go on sale at 9:30am on Friday (23rd July 2010)

Wednesday 1st September 2010 – Liverpool University
Sunday 12th September 2010 – Leeds 02 Academy
Monday 13th September 2010 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Wednesday 15th September 2010 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Thursday 16th September 2010 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 17th September 2010 – Portsmouth Guildhall

 

Video of the Moment #243: The Script

 
By on Thursday, 25th March 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

The Script is one of those lucky non-American bands to have been chosen for VH1 America’s ‘You Oughta Know’ feature. Basically, any band chosen for YOK are indie acts that are popular outside the U.S. and have their videos prefaced with a short interview with the band themselves, which is great promotion to set them apart for all the other videos that are shown on the station. The Irish pop/rock band must have made a good impression, as one of the band’s videos recently reached #1 on VH1’s Top 20 Music Video Countdown. Well done boys.

Last week (in honour of St. Patrick’s Day?), the band had a slew of American telly appearances, including morning talk shows ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘Today’, as well as an appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’. Unable to find a recent live performance vid, I’m linking instead to the old-ish promo for ‘Before the Worst’, a song a very good friend of mine turned me on to, first, by the lyrics only. (Give me some lyrics and I’ll get to work on interpreting them.)

Name-dropping of Grafton Street and Guinness successfully evoke the Emerald Isle. And instrumentally, they sound a bit like Keane to me, just with more prominent guitars. Which makes me wonder, how the heck did I miss these guys completely?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Mpu0modBI[/youtube]

 
 
 

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